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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Freddy Kassab
Mildred Kassab
Bernie Segal
Capt. Jeffrey MacDonald, MD
Victor Worheide
James Blackburn
Brian Murtagh
Paul Strombaugh (as Mitch Ryan)
Colette MacDonald
William Ivory
Franz Grebner
Judge Dupree
Alexandra Johnson ...
Helena Stoeckley
Mrs. Perry MacDonald
Frank Dent ...
Joe McGinniss


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





Release Date:

18 November 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Död i dimma dold  »

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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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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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