A wealthy businessman is accused of murdering his wife to collect insurance money to pay gambling debts. Although his three sons initially believe his innocence, his actions and court evidence soon begin to prove otherwise.
Reviews

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
1990  
Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

A Friend to Die For (TV Movie 1994)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

When popular and beautiful cheerleader Stacey is stabbed to death, who could have done it? It could have been asocial Goth girl Monica, it could've been angst-ridden Jill - or maybe it was the plain girl nobody suspected.

Director: William A. Graham
Stars: Kellie Martin, Tori Spelling, James Avery
Cruel Doubt (TV Mini-Series 1992)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A college student and two friends are accused of murdering one's stepfather and injuring his mother whom refuses to believe her son had anything to do with the attack.

Stars: Blythe Danner, Matt McGrath, Denis Arndt
In a Child's Name (TV Mini-Series 1991)
Biography | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A true story about a woman who fights her brother-in-law's parents for custody of her deceased sister's baby upon learning that her brother-in-law murdered her sister.

Stars: Valerie Bertinelli, Michael Ontkean, Timothy Carhart
Wife, Mother, Murderer (TV Movie 1991)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The life of Audrey Marie Hilley, who, in order to start a new life, took drastic action.

Director: Mel Damski
Stars: Judith Light, David Ogden Stiers, Kellie Overbey
The Deliberate Stranger (TV Movie 1986)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Based on a true story, this film depicts the life of Theodore Robert Bundy, the serial killer. In 1974, after having murdered several young women, he leaves Seattle for Utah, where he is a ... See full summary »

Director: Marvin J. Chomsky
Stars: Mark Harmon, Frederic Forrest, George Grizzard
Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A psychopathic killer terrorizes a babysitter, then returns seven years later to menace her again.

Director: Fred Walton
Stars: Carol Kane, Charles Durning, Rutanya Alda
Love, Lies and Murder (TV Mini-Series 1991)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

When a young housewife is murdered, the cops find her troubled daughter guilty after she confesses to the crime - but was she really the killer?

Stars: Clancy Brown, Sheryl Lee, Moira Kelly
Murder in Texas (TV Movie 1981)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Story of Texas heiress Joan Robinson who married plastic surgeon, John Hill. Her father, Ash is suspicious of Hill, thinking that he married Joan for money which he used to buy a house and ... See full summary »

Director: William Hale
Stars: Katharine Ross, Sam Elliott, Farrah Fawcett
Blind Faith (1998)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In 1957, black lawyer John Williams has to defend his nephew Charlie, who is accused of strangling a white boy to death. John doesn't believe Charlie did it, and although Charlie confesses,... See full summary »

Director: Ernest R. Dickerson
Stars: Courtney B. Vance, Charles S. Dutton, Kadeem Hardison
Deadly Relations (TV Movie 1993)
Crime | Thriller | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Throughout the 1970's, a man with a military sense of control over his family lets his daughters know what he thinks of the lifestyles they're choosing - but how far will he go?

Director: Bill Condon
Stars: Robert Urich, Shelley Fabares, Gwyneth Paltrow
Fatal Vision (TV Mini-Series 1984)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

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.

Stars: Karl Malden, Eva Marie Saint, Barry Newman
Black Widower (TV Movie 2006)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

True story of a charming, popular American who managed to kill his mother and 3 wives before anyone even suspected him.

Director: Christopher Leitch
Stars: Kelly McGillis, David Lipper, Francis X. McCarthy
Edit

Cast

Complete series cast summary:
...
 Rob Marshall (2 episodes, 1990)
...
 Maria Marshall (2 episodes, 1990)
...
 Roby Marshall (2 episodes, 1990)
...
 Chris Marshall (2 episodes, 1990)
...
 John Marshall (2 episodes, 1990)
...
 Prosecutor Kelly (2 episodes, 1990)
...
 Sal Caccaro (2 episodes, 1990)
...
 Tessie McBride (2 episodes, 1990)
...
 Felice Richmond (2 episodes, 1990)
...
 Ferlin L'Heureux (2 episodes, 1990)
...
 Seely (2 episodes, 1990)
...
 Uncle Gene (2 episodes, 1990)
...
 Ricky Dunlap (2 episodes, 1990)
...
 Det. O'Brien (2 episodes, 1990)
Jake Dengel ...
 Andy Meyers (2 episodes, 1990)
...
 Lt. Gladstone (2 episodes, 1990)
Mary-Joan Negro ...
 Paula Caccaro (2 episodes, 1990)
Edward Wiley
(2 episodes, 1990)
...
 Grasso (2 episodes, 1990)
Michael Ayr ...
 Dewitt (2 episodes, 1990)
David Kagen ...
 Man (2 episodes, 1990)
...
 Det. Minelli (2 episodes, 1990)
Charles Stransky ...
 Det. McGuire (2 episodes, 1990)
...
 Hall (2 episodes, 1990)
...
 Uniformed Trooper (2 episodes, 1990)
Arnold Bankston
(2 episodes, 1990)
Gary Bayer ...
 Father Mulcany (2 episodes, 1990)
Mary Chalon ...
 Louise (2 episodes, 1990)
...
 Lawyer (2 episodes, 1990)
David Q. Combs ...
 Roger (2 episodes, 1990)
...
 Desk Clerk (2 episodes, 1990)
Rhonda Dotson ...
 Brenda Dunlap (2 episodes, 1990)
...
 Cy Porter (2 episodes, 1990)
...
 Judge Greenberg (2 episodes, 1990)
Aaron Lustig ...
 Medical Examiner (2 episodes, 1990)
...
 Kate & Gladys (2 episodes, 1990)
...
 Jennifer (2 episodes, 1990)
Natsuko Ohama
(2 episodes, 1990)
(2 episodes, 1990)
Marilyn Rockafellow ...
 Madge Kenyon (2 episodes, 1990)
Jimmie F. Skaggs ...
 Eggars (2 episodes, 1990)
John Howard Swain
(2 episodes, 1990)
...
 Eric (2 episodes, 1990)
Edit

Storyline

Joe McGinnis' best-seller is brought to tv. Set in the town of Toms River, New Jersey, an insurance salesman claims his wife was attacked and killed at a deserted picnic area. However police investigation casts suspicion on the man and the ultimate trial puts his three sons in doubt of their father's innocence. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Thriller

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Confiance aveugle  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2 parts)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The picnic area that Maria Marshall was killed is in Ocean County, New Jersey (between Manahawkin and Toms River). See more »

Connections

Referenced in Short Cuts (1993) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Excellent retelling of true NJ crime.
6 September 2004 | by (North Carolina) – See all my reviews

This is an excellent, heart wrenching film; I cry every time I see how devastated those children were with the murder of their loving mom and the trial of their father. This film, more than any other film depicting a true crime story, takes one through the tumultuous upheaval that a victim of a violent crime suffers(in this case, these boys are the victims of their mom's murder by their dad.) Other true crime story films depict the violence or the plight of the defendant. As a former prosecutor and prison counselor, I know first hand that the victims of crime are too often ignored by the criminal justice system. This film hits an emotional home run in telling the victims' stories. The relationship between Maria Marshall and her sons is the cornerstone of the film, and it makes one realize the depth of suffering one endures with so senseless a crime. Her beauty as a loving mother is contrasted with Robert Marshall's self absorbed obsession with himself and his needs. Caught in the middle are three innocent children, devoted sons to both parents, believing with "blind faith" in the innocence of their dad despite the overwhelming evidence unfolding before them. Despite its length (4 hours), the film and the book by Joe McGinnis are worth your time. The 20th anniversary of Maria's murder is September 7, 2004.


3 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
robert marshall whasaab
Roby Marshall + Tracey Gold jop3055
Larry Thompson matt-stojkovic
john marshall janearmellino
Robert Cumber Released from Prison jrzychris-1
Recent Robert Marshall News jrzychris-1
Discuss Blind Faith (1990) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?