Judgment Day: The John List Story (1993)

TV Movie  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  23 February 1993 (USA)
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The pious John List regularly goes to church and is respected by his neighbours. But one day the police find his wife Helen and their three children slain in their house - obviously by John... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Helen List
Police Chief Bob Richland
Eleanor List
Jean Syfert
Gene Syfert
Alma List
Michael Linder
Barney McFadden ...
Reverend Barbour
Patty List
Pete DiCicco


The pious John List regularly goes to church and is respected by his neighbours. But one day the police find his wife Helen and their three children slain in their house - obviously by John, who left two letters for the police and his priest and disappeared. Chief Richland is disgusted by the murders and starts an intensive investigation. In flashbacks we learn about the history of the disaster. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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23 February 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Deliver Them from Evil: The John List Story  »

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The actor who portrayed John List, Robert Blake, was charged with his wife Bonnie Lee Bakley's May 4, 2001 murder. Blake was acquitted on March 16, 2005. See more »


[Saying grace with her husband and his authoritative mother]
Helen List: The recipe may not be yours, but the food is.
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Leaves some to be desired...
27 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

IMO, the John List story is a fascinating and exciting one, and unfortunately, this movie does not really do it justice. Having read some of the available books about the life of John List and the resulting crimes, I found the movie somewhat disappointing, and I had been looking forward to seeing it. I am surprised there hasn't been more written about John List, since it is a more interesting and remarkable story than many others which have received far more attention. The actor playing John List is a good actor, but I do not believe this was the right part for him, especially having seen photos of the real List and having read the books. He isn't as convincing as he should have been. The role of the mother wasn't convincing either, as I felt there were some inconsistencies between the real person described in the books and the character as shown in the film. It was a satisfactory movie, but having enjoyed the books with their far greater detail, and finding them very interesting, the movie was sort of a disappointment... I'd like to see another try at this story, with a little more attention to detail and character development, because you lose a lot without understanding the background of the story better.

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