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Fatal Vision 

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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 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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 Judge Dupree 2 episodes, 1984
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 Helena Stoeckley 2 episodes, 1984
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 Mrs. Perry MacDonald 2 episodes, 1984
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 Joe McGinniss 2 episodes, 1984
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Andy Wood ...
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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 ...
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 Dennis Eisman 2 episodes, 1984
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 Gen. Flanagan 2 episodes, 1984
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 Provost Marshal 2 episodes, 1984
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 Pathologist 2 episodes, 1984
Fred Morsell ...
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
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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
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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 ...
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 Green Beret 2 episodes, 1984
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Fred Ponzlov ...
 Reporter 2 episodes, 1984
Fred Retes ...
 Photographer 2 episodes, 1984
John Rose ...
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
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 Jury Foreman 2 episodes, 1984
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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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Jeffrey MacDonald hoped and 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

Freddy Kassab: Thank you for you time.
Col Pruett: Are you satisfied?
Freddy Kassab: Yes, I am. I now know that my son-in-law murdered my daughter and my two grandchildren.
Col Pruett: I might as well tell you, Freddy, that what evidence we do have against Jeff MacDonald is still circumstantial. It's only fair to warn you if you plan to pursue it... it could be a very long haul.
Freddy Kassab: It's okay. I plan to live a long time. And I have the patience of Job.
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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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