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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
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I saw the two part mini-series when it first aired in 1990 and read the book soon after.
It is a very typical true life crime drama, that can pretty much be summed up with - a rich New Jersey man has his wife (the mother of his 3 sons) murdered for the insurance money and he gets caught. Nothing great or spectacular. No last minute twists or turns, no police evidence tampering, no plot that backfires. Just a regular old murder for hire, that was not even well known outside the Jersey area until the book and movie came out.
Such a simple drama could have easily been a 2 hour TV-movie but instead was a two parter, 4 hours long. It was boring to watch, since it just dragged on and on. Most of the movie was about the man's sons being upset about their mother's murder and their father's involvement, which got old real quick.
I would recommend reading the book over watching the movie since the book covers a lot more of the police investigation and trial than the movie does. As I said, the movie primarily focuses on the guy's sons.
If you wanna be bored you can catch the movie on Lifetime sometimes.
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