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Fatal Vision (1984)

TV Movie  -   -  Crime | Drama | Thriller  -  18 November 1984 (USA)
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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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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »
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Freddy Kassab
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Mildred Kassab
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Bernie Segal
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Capt. Jeffrey MacDonald, MD
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Victor Worheide
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James Blackburn
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Brian Murtagh
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Paul Strombaugh
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Colette MacDonald
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William Ivory
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Franz Grebner
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Judge Dupree
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Helena Stoeckley
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Mrs. Perry MacDonald
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Joe McGinniss
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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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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 »

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A Great Mini-Series!
13 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Joe McGuinness wrote about the McDonald case. First, I am skeptical about the doctor's role that night. Why did his beautiful pregnant wife and his beautiful two daughters get brutally murdered is still much a mystery to me much the Sam Sheppard case. Anyway the role of the doctor is played well by Gary Cole. The in-laws are played by Oscar winners, Karl Malden and Eva Marie Saint. To tell you the truth that I haven't read the book but I think the mini-series shows the tragedy carefully without being too gross. It does make you ask a lot of questions about why the doctor survived his wounds. Since McGuinness obviously is convinced by McDonald's guilt, you wonder too about it. There is still supporters like his second wife who appeared on Larry King Live once in a while trying to prove her husband's innocence. Unless he confesses, we will just never know but the mini-series provides a nice explanation anyway.


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