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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Cast

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)
Nadine Van der Velde ...
 Randi (2 episodes, 1984)
Laurence Haddon ...
 Gen. Flanagan (2 episodes, 1984)
Jack Rader ...
 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)
Lance Gordon ...
 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)
Allan Kolman ...
 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)
Clare Nono ...
 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)
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 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

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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Also Known As:

Död i dimma dold  »

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Life Imitates Art: The child actress portraying Kimberley MacDonald, who is murdered by her father, Jeffrey, is Judith Barsi. In 1988, Barsi, like Kimberley, was murdered by her own father, Jozsef. As in 'Fatal Vision,' Jozsef also murdered his wife/Judith's mother (he shot both of them, set their bodies on fire, then shot and killed himself). See more »

Quotes

Capt. Jeffrey MacDonald, MD: At the hospital, when they were looking me over... uh... there were these little puncture wounds all over my abdomen and I guess they came up with 14 different wounds or something like that. And a deep cut right here to my right side.
William Ivory: Was this from the assailants? These people in your house?
Capt. Jeffrey MacDonald, MD: Well, I assume so.
William Ivory: You didn't do it yourself?
Capt. Jeffrey MacDonald, MD: No... but then they said that "we'll have to do an X-ray". Now, when your chest is bubbling that means you have a pneumothorax. Any Special Forces medic knows ...
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References Easy Rider (1969) See more »

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Good piece of acting-solidly presented
16 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I remember being riveted by this movie when it first appeared on TV in 1984. It was a really well done TV movie, especially the acting by Gary Cole. As far as McDonalds guilt goes, I really don't know, but the film will make you lean towards definite guilt. The one question is why? Those children being brutally slain goes beyond comprehension. The movie gave me a real feeling of being there by capturing the mood of the late sixties-early seventies. If McDonald was a true sociopath this film did an over the top job of presenting it. To this day McDonald vehemently denies his guilt and actively pursues legal routes to free himself from jail. I'm waiting for the DVD release, and I think I'll be waiting a long time. I have the rare laserdisc which will have to do.


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