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.




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Complete series cast summary:
 Bonnie Von Stein (2 episodes, 1992)
 Chris Pritchard (2 episodes, 1992)
 Leith Von Stein (2 episodes, 1992)
 Det. John Taylor (2 episodes, 1992)
 District Attorney Mitchell Norton (2 episodes, 1992)
 Tom Brereton (2 episodes, 1992)
 Lewis Young (2 episodes, 1992)
 James 'Moog' Upchurch (2 episodes, 1992)
 Police Chief John Crone (2 episodes, 1992)
Louise Latham ...
 Polly Bates (2 episodes, 1992)
 Frank Johnston (2 episodes, 1992)
 Neal Henderson (2 episodes, 1992)
 Attorney Jim Vos Burgh (2 episodes, 1992)
 Dr. Billy Royal (2 episodes, 1992)
 Angela Pritchard (2 episodes, 1992)
 George Bates (2 episodes, 1992)
 Attorney Wade Smith (2 episodes, 1992)
 Bill Osteen (2 episodes, 1992)
 Josh Duggan (2 episodes, 1992)
 Judge Watts (2 episodes, 1992)
 Officer Sparrow (2 episodes, 1992)
Matthew Posey ...
 Keith Mason (2 episodes, 1992)
 Bill Hargrave (2 episodes, 1992)
(2 episodes, 1992)
(2 episodes, 1992)
 Policeman Edwards (2 episodes, 1992)
Annie O'Donnell ...
 Jury Forewoman (2 episodes, 1992)
 Scandalized Neighbor (2 episodes, 1992)
 Noel Lee (2 episodes, 1992)
Steve Danton
(2 episodes, 1992)
(2 episodes, 1992)
Michael Heintzman
(2 episodes, 1992)
Gunnar Peterson
(2 episodes, 1992)
(2 episodes, 1992)
Scott Allan Campbell
(2 episodes, 1992)
Noah Lee Margetts
(2 episodes, 1992)
 Student (2 episodes, 1992)
 Inspector (2 episodes, 1992)
 Student (2 episodes, 1992)
Kelly Connell
(2 episodes, 1992)
(2 episodes, 1992)
 Alibi Student (2 episodes, 1992)
Claudette Sutherland
(2 episodes, 1992)


In 1988, North Carolina college student Chris Pritchard is arrested, along with two of his friends, for the murder of Chris' stepfather and brutal beating of his mother. Chris's mother, Bonnie, refuses to believe that Chris had anything to do with the murder, despite mounting evidence about Chris' debauched lifestyle of drugs and video games. Written by Matt Patay

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17 May 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Doute cruel  »

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The perpetrators are supposed to be fanatical Dungeons & Dragons players, yet their books and dice are like new rather than worn with play - and the dice set one character plays with is incomplete. See more »


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One more attempt to "link" Dungeons & Dragons to an infamous crime.
1 February 1999 | by (Dallas Texas) – See all my reviews

This is one mini series that follows the book very closely. The problem is that they are both full of stuff and nonsense. In his book "Cruel Doubt" Joe Mcginnis invents a connection between the D&D training scenario "Your First Game" and the murder of Leith Von Stein. The training game was, according to Mcginnis, used a blueprint for murder. He even uses a synopsis of the training game and compares it item by item to the crime. The problem is that it is all made up. The training game has only one point in common with his description of it, the name of a single character. The mini series takes this even further by fabricating photographic evidence. The mini series displays a photograph that is supposed to resemble the murderer in the act and represents it as being a page from the AD&D PLAYERS HANDBOOK. The picture does not exist in that book at all. Mcginnis says in a foreward that he took up the commission to write the book in part to help Bonnie Von Stein get some answers to the troubling events surrounding the attack on her and Leith that left her husband dead and her seriously wounded. Any careful study of the D&D materials and the claims made in this book and movie will demonstrate that the "connection" between D&D and this crime was limited to the simple fact that the conspirators met at college because they had a common interest in the AD&D game and nothing more. Simple greed was the motive for this horrendous crime. Whatever doubts Bonnie Von Stein has cruel or otherwise must remain. This movie could have told a better story if it had told the truth. As pure fiction "Cruel Doubt" has some merit. It can be moderately entertaining if taken with a generous helping of salt.

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