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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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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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In the movie, the guilty verdicts come as a surprise to MacDonald. According to the book 'Fatal Vision,' 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 »

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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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