A peculiar and disturbing case catches the attention of the police when a young mother and her children, all severely injured, show up in a hospital's emergency room.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Detective Doug Welch
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Lew Lewiston
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Frank Joziak
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Karen Downs
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Boyd Paul Downs (as Gary Chalk)
Ken James ...
Daryl Chapman
Sean McCann ...
Russell Wells
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Matt Jensen (Part 2)
Elan Ross Gibson ...
Rosalind Dyring
Lynne Cormack ...
Lola Joziak
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Evelyn Slaven
Christopher Caravalho ...
Robbie Downs
Anne Bradley Jaeger ...
Herself
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On the 19th of May 1983 Diane Downs stops at the McKenzie-Williamette-Hospital and cries for help. She is wounded on her arm and her three children are also wounded seriously. She says that a stranger shot at them but the investigation of detective Welch bring out that Diane is a liar. Written by Volker Boehm

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Her children got in the way of her love

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12 November 1989 (USA)  »

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Blick in den Abgrund  »

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CAD 7,300,000 (estimated)
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Goofs

When Diane brings a pizza over to her mailman friend Matt Jensen's house, she asks him if he likes mushrooms on his pizza while holding the pizza out to him. He says yes. But the pizza has no mushrooms on it, it is clearly plain. See more »

Quotes

Frank Joziak: [Trying to calm Karen on the stand] Just stay with me, Karen; do you remember when you were shot?
Karen Downs: [Distraught] Yeah...!
Frank Joziak: [Gingerly] Who shot you?
Karen Downs: [Sobs as she glances in fear at her mother] My mom.
[Cut to Diane, hiding her face in her hands]
Frank Joziak: And do you love your mom, Karen?
Karen Downs: [Crying] Yes...!
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One of Farrah's best performances
27 June 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I watched Small Sacrifices again just recently after many years. Farrah Fawcett should have got an Emmy for that portrayal of Diane Downs. Her performance in this mini-series is incredible and the fact that the mini-series follows the book closely. Ann Rule's book of this horrible crime leaves you wanting more. So much that I reread the book again. Farrah should be honored for such a fabulous performance. Just watch her in the Burning Bed as a battered wife. Farrah Fawcett headlines Small Sacrifices but everybody else in the film including John Shea who plays the District Attorney and her then real-life lover, Ryan O'Neal, plays Diane Down's married lover who does not want children and would help the police convict his former lover. Ryan, John, and even Gordon Clapp are all wonderful and memorable in their roles. They do not make television mini-series like they used to anymore with cable making the movies for television. If this film was released in the cinema, Farrah would have been nominated for an Oscar for this role. She probably would have won the award!


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