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It was a good thing that this enactment began directly with the crime itself, rather than lengthy Lindbergh background information. Hero parade footage under the opening credits sufficed.
The viewer was plunged into the night of the kidnapping, which was meticulously presented, as was every aspect of this torturous event.
One became aware of the media circus that ensured, spurred on by an invasive press and "nosey" public. One was struck by the absurdity of so many people reaching their own conclusions without being privy to actual case evidence.
What was particularly disturbing was the re-enactment of a capital punishment crowd brandishing its "eye for an eye" primitive philosophy. Likewise, was the extreme consequences offered by the price of fame.
A worthy cast included several veteran actors, bringing great feeling to their roles. Despite its over-length, the drama maintained interest.
The ending credits admitted to the story's being "based" on fact, with "some characters and incidents fictional." Just where the lines of demarcation occurred left one hanging regarding full script credibility (ironically, I caught this on the "True Stories" channel).
For a general background of this highly publicized case, this enactment provided useful informative.
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