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Echoes in the Darkness (1987)

TV Movie  |  Unrated  |   |  Drama  |  1 November 1987 (USA)
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Based on the true life story that took place in the 1970s, this movie follows the murder of Susan Reinert and her two children in Upper Merion Township in Pennsylvania, a case that lasted seven years.

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William Bradfield Jr.
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Susan Reinert
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Jay Smith
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Sgt. Joe Van Nort
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Sue Myers
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Jack Holtz
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Vince Valaitis
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Chris Pappas
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Rick Guida
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Montione
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Pat Schnure
Tony De Santis ...
Lou De Santis
Patricia Hamilton ...
Dorothy Hunsberger (as Pat Hamilton)
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Based on the true life story that took place in the 1970s, this movie follows the murder of Susan Reinert and her two children in Upper Merion Township in Pennsylvania, a case that lasted seven years.

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Jay Smith has been released from prison because the state Supreme Court in 1992 dismissed his murder conviction and forbade a retrial, ruling that state police had concealed evidence. See more »

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Not bad for movie-of-the-week
25 May 2003 | by (San Francisco, CA) – See all my reviews

Not familiar with the actual incident this movie is based upon, so cannot comment as to the accuracy of the facts and portrayals presented, but give this movie credit for holding a viewer's attention without being overly sensationalistic. The performances are stellar, and the tone of the movie is realistic and gritty - it feels like Pennsylvania, and it could be the town where you live.

I was delighted by a small inside joke. Gary Cole, who plays an investigator in this movie, is sitting in the courtroom while one of the defendants is being questioned. Reference is being made to the books the defendant owned and used as references, including the book "Fatal Vision," upon which another television movie based on fact was made. The camera swings slyly to Gary Cole, who did, in fact, play the infamous defendant, Captain Jeffrey MacDonald, in the movie "Fatal Vision." Very cute.

This movie was being broadcast on Lifetime, which I normally tune to when I want to fall asleep. Unfortunately, I was drawn in far enough I never took that nap.


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