A retiree spends nine years relentlessly seeking to prove that his son-in-law, a former Green Beret Army doctor, murdered his pregnant wife and two children.
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1984  
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Series cast summary:
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 Freddy Kassab (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Mildred Kassab (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Bernie Segal (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Capt. Jeffrey MacDonald, MD (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Victor Worheide (2 episodes, 1984)
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 James Blackburn (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Brian Murtagh (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Paul Strombaugh (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Colette MacDonald (2 episodes, 1984)
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 William Ivory (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Franz Grebner (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Judge Dupree (2 episodes, 1984)
Alexandra Johnson ...
 Helena Stoeckley (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Mrs. Perry MacDonald (2 episodes, 1984)
Frank Dent ...
 Joe McGinniss (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Col Pruett (2 episodes, 1984)
Andy Wood ...
 Robert Shaw (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Peter Kearns (2 episodes, 1984)
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 William Posey (2 episodes, 1984)
Rex Ryon ...
 Jay MacDonald (2 episodes, 1984)
J.P. Bumstead ...
 Col. Rock (2 episodes, 1984)
Brandy Gold ...
 Kimberly age 5 (2 episodes, 1984)
Dylan Galer ...
 Kristen (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Dennis Eisman (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Joy (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Randi (2 episodes, 1984)
Laurence Haddon ...
 Gen. Flanagan (2 episodes, 1984)
Jack Rader ...
 Provost Marshal (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Pathologist (2 episodes, 1984)
Fred Morsell ...
 Agent (2 episodes, 1984)
Roy London ...
 Dr. Thornton (2 episodes, 1984)
Ken Hill ...
 Neighbor (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Capt. Somers (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Kimberly age 3 (2 episodes, 1984)
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 St. Mary's Sister (2 episodes, 1984)
Scotch Byerley ...
 Lab Tech (2 episodes, 1984)
Kathy Christopher ...
 Hippie Girl (2 episodes, 1984)
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 MP Sergeant (2 episodes, 1984)
Hortensia Colorado ...
 Nurse (2 episodes, 1984)
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 1st Witness (2 episodes, 1984)
David Dangler ...
 MP Lieutenant (2 episodes, 1984)
Matthew Faison ...
 Dr. Bronstein (2 episodes, 1984)
Norman Alexander Gibbs ...
 News Reporter (2 episodes, 1984)
Howard Goodwin ...
 Party Announcer (2 episodes, 1984)
Lance Gordon ...
 CID Captain (2 episodes, 1984)
Norman Lee Harris ...
 CID Man (2 episodes, 1984)
Billy James ...
 TV Interviewer (2 episodes, 1984)
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 U.S. Marshal (2 episodes, 1984)
Allan Kolman ...
 Reporter (2 episodes, 1984)
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 MP Captain (2 episodes, 1984)
Tracee Lyles ...
 Nurse (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Green Beret (2 episodes, 1984)
Clare Nono ...
 Nurse (2 episodes, 1984)
Fred Ponzlov ...
 Reporter (2 episodes, 1984)
Fred Retes ...
 Photographer (2 episodes, 1984)
John Rose ...
 FBI Man (2 episodes, 1984)
Paul Ryan ...
 Talk Show Host (2 episodes, 1984)
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 MP in Jeep (2 episodes, 1984)
Grayce Spence ...
 Court Clerk (2 episodes, 1984)
Tom Tarpey ...
 Psychiatrist (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Lt. Harrison (2 episodes, 1984)
Arnold F. Turner ...
 Lab Technician (2 episodes, 1984)
Beth Ringwald ...
 Babysitter (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Sgt. McPherson (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Dr. Sadoff (2 episodes, 1984)
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 Secretary (2 episodes, 1984)
Peter Vogt ...
 Jury Foreman (2 episodes, 1984)
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Storyline

Captain Jeff MacDonald, a renowned and an ambitious surgeon at Fort Bragg army base, appears to be a happily married father of two. When the MP enter MacDonald's house in response to his desperate emergency call they find him injured and his wife and daughters murdered. He reports a gang of drugged 'hippies' raided the house and attacked the family. As a massive search for the suspects yields no leads, investigators focus on some inconsistencies in MacDonald's account and he becomes their prime suspect. Written by Armin Ortmann <armin@sfb288.math.tu-berlin.de>

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Also Known As:

Död i dimma dold  »

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Trivia

Jeffrey MacDonald hoped/assumed that the novel 'Fatal Vision' would support his innocence. However, when the book was published, MacDonald realized that the author, Joe McGinniss, had concluded that he was, in fact, guilty. MacDonald sued McGinniss for fraud and the case was settled out of court. He and his supporters still blame the novel and resulting movie for tainting the public's image of MacDonald and the murders. See more »

Quotes

Col Pruett: They found one of the knifes and the ice pick here right under these bushes and the club was found right about here.
Freddy Kassab: It doesn't make any sense. Why would four murderers fleeing the scene of the crime stop to throw their weapons under a bush right outside the back door?
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References Easy Rider (1969) See more »

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Good movie
24 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

I have my own opinions on the guilt or innocence of Jeffrey McDonald, but I do not intend to get into a sparring match over it here. I wanted to comment on the movie itself.

I found this to be a very well made and well acted movie. I'm not a real big fan of Gary Cole but I thought he was great here--he had to display a whole gamut of emotions and did so quite admirably. The only thing I could really remember Karl Malden from other than this was "Pollyanna" and his acting has definitely improved over the years--I thought he did an excellent job. And Andy Griffith is a hoot, even in such a serious role! I also liked the flashback scenes that were used to help fill in the blanks in the couple's past.

The only complaint I have is that by the movie starting with the minutes following the murders, you don't really get to feel you "knew" Collette and Kimmy and Kristy. It was a VERY effective opening scene but at the same time it sort of robbed the viewer of having any kind of relationship with Collette and the girls. The flashbacks helped--maybe if they had found a way to squeeze in a couple more? You couldn't help but feel horrified by what had happened to them, but I think it could have been felt more deeply if you had time to get more "attached" to them.

Overall it was a good made for TV miniseries.


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