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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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)
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 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)
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 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)
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 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)
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 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)
Bill Vint ...
 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

In 1970, military doctor Jeffrey McDonald reports a hideous and confusing story: A gang of hippies akin to the Manson Family broke into his North Carolina home and slaughtered his wife and two daughters, while somehow only wounding him slightly as he tried to fight them off. As McDonald continues to proclaim his innocence, his skeptical father-in-law Freddy Kassab and investigative journalist Joe McGinniss probe his story to uncover the truth. Written by Jwelch5742

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Död i dimma dold  »

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Trivia

In the movie, the guilty verdicts come as a surprise to MacDonald. According to the book, MacDonald (and everyone else in the courtroom) knew what was coming, as soon as the jury entered the courtroom to deliver their verdicts. This is because the first two jurors that entered the courtroom, one of whom was an ex-Green Beret like MacDonald, were both crying. 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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Awesome
12 September 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Fact-based movie depicting the case of Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald, an Army Special Forces group surgeon accused of murdering his wife and daughters. This two-part heart-wrencher is incredibly gripping, and chock-full-of powerful acting. Karl Malden and Gary Cole deliver such incredible performances, it is no wonder Malden was nominated for an Emmy. Very sad and moving, but clearly worthy of watching. I give it 8.5 out of 10 stars.


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