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.




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Complete series cast summary:
 Angela Silvano Cimarelli (2 episodes, 1991)
 Kenneth Taylor (2 episodes, 1991)
 Lt. Robert Fausak (2 episodes, 1991)
 Zach Taylor (2 episodes, 1991)
 Joe Silvano (2 episodes, 1991)
 Janice Miller (2 episodes, 1991)
 Jerry Cimarelli (2 episodes, 1991)
 Frances Silvano (2 episodes, 1991)
 Peter Chappell (2 episodes, 1991)
Karla Tamburrelli ...
 Teresa Silvano Taylor (2 episodes, 1991)
 Andrew Silvano (2 episodes, 1991)
 Malinouski (2 episodes, 1991)
 Jean Taylor (2 episodes, 1991)
Nancy McLoughlin ...
 Marilyn Taylor (2 episodes, 1991)
Eric Tilley ...
 Tom Taylor (2 episodes, 1991)
 Dr. Vargas (2 episodes, 1991)
Sharon Merle ...
 Dental Assistant (2 episodes, 1991)
Caroline Dollar ...
 Astrid (2 episodes, 1991)
C.K. Bibby ...
 Dr. Longwell (2 episodes, 1991)
 Dr. Kingston (2 episodes, 1991)
Meredith Boston ...
 Lamaze Instructor (2 episodes, 1991)
Jeff Allin ...
 Edward Lindsay (2 episodes, 1991)
Randal Patrick ...
 Ray Engler (2 episodes, 1991)
 Gregg Reid (2 episodes, 1991)
 Rev. John Hickman (2 episodes, 1991)
Lou Criscuolo ...
 Peter Maas (2 episodes, 1991)
Jeffrey Pillars ...
 Friendly Guard (2 episodes, 1991)
Randell Haynes ...
 Judge Kittleston (2 episodes, 1991)
Susan Rohrer ...
 Judge Langdon (2 episodes, 1991)
John Bennes ...
 Judge Myrick (2 episodes, 1991)
Linda Pierce ...
 Judge Skinner (2 episodes, 1991)
 Judge Neuwirth (2 episodes, 1991)
Mert Hatfield ...
 Judge Pendleton (2 episodes, 1991)
 Judge Shipp (2 episodes, 1991)
Sal Ruffino ...
 Desk Officer (2 episodes, 1991)
Brad Moranz ...
 Delivery Room Doctor (2 episodes, 1991)
Sandy Okada ...
 O.B. Nurse (2 episodes, 1991)
Amy Lord ...
 Karen Oliveria (2 episodes, 1991)
Nicky Hammerhead ...
 Witness (2 episodes, 1991)
Diana Taylor ...
 Jury Forewoman (2 episodes, 1991)
Rick Warner ...
 Carl Stampler (2 episodes, 1991)
 Lawyer Norton (2 episodes, 1991)
Bob Tyson ...
 Dr. Hill (2 episodes, 1991)
Judy Simpson ...
 Shipp's Receptionist (2 episodes, 1991)
Catherine Shaffner ...
 Engler's Secretary (2 episodes, 1991)


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.

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Release Date:

17 November 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Taylor-Mord - Kampf um ein Kind  »

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(2 parts)

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1.33 : 1
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Theresa's sister's name was Celeste (nee Benigno) White. Her husband was named Jefferson(Jeff) White. The child was Phillip Andrew Taylor until his adoption when he took the surname White. See more »

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Transcends the cliches of its genre
23 October 2002 | by (Austin, Texas) – See all my reviews

This movie epitomizes two telefilm genres (the Sunday Night Tearjerker and the Lifetime Movie) but towers above most examples of both. It aired as a two-parter; the first half told the story of a woman's murder by her husband and his eventual arrest for the crime, while the second concerned the custody battle over the couple's son between her sister (Bertinelli) and his parents (Huddleston and Fletcher).

The first half retains an admirable level of tension throughout, though the crime isn't ever really a mystery. Thankfully, the actual crime is not shown, though the filmmakers found a better way to convey its brutality: the final shot of the first half of the show is one of the most shocking sights I've ever seen on television.

The custody battle in the second part is less suspenseful but raises several interesting questions. The cultural bias by the killer's parents against the evil, urban, ethnic (Italian) family of the victim had some resonance in their son's marriage. Not to overgeneralize, but a friend of mine was married to a man from rural Indiana and his family was a LOT like the people in this film. The filmmakers clearly sided with wife's family on this point--the "moral" Hoosiers are both unattractive and unpleasant. The question of how their "heartland values" produced their monster of a son is never really addressed.

The performances are uniformly excellent and often surprising. Bertinelli and Chris Meloni as her husband prove to be far more than a couple of (very) pretty faces, as does Michael Ontkean as the cold blooded killer. It is important that this not get lost by being lumped in with the scores of similar but inferior TV movies.

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