6.2/10
147
7 user 2 critic

Judgment Day: The John List Story (1993)

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 »

Director:

Writer:

Reviews
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Gold Coast (TV Movie 1997)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Karen's married to Frank, a millionaire who has no morals and a hypocrite. it's alright for him to fool around but not for her. So when she has an affair and brags to him about it, he vows ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Weller
Stars: David Caruso, Barry Primus, Marg Helgenberger
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

While her husband is away, Jessica Rayner is attacked by a rapist/killer in her own home. The police seem clueless, and the assaults continue in the Rayner family's neighbourhood. Jessica ... See full summary »

Director: Larry Shaw
Stars: Joanna Kerns, Tony Denison, Peter MacNeill
God Bless the Child (TV Movie 1988)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Single mother, Theresa Johnson, becomes homeless, loses her job and tries to survive with her young daughter, Hillary, through charities and public shelters.

Director: Larry Elikann
Stars: Mare Winningham, Grace Johnston, L. Scott Caldwell
Color Me Perfect (TV Movie 1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

An intellectually disabled woman who works in a store under the watchful guidance of her nephew guardian undergoes an experimental treatment that transforms her--temporarily--into a genius.

Director: Michele Lee
Stars: Michele Lee, Susan Blakely, Robin Thomas
Shattered Innocence (TV Movie 1988)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A HS grad leaves behind her modest life and finds work in the Sex industry. It ends in disaster.

Director: Sandor Stern
Stars: Jonna Lee, Melinda Dillon, John Pleshette
Just Ask My Children (TV Movie 2001)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A couple is accused of sodomy and pedophilia by two little girls. Soon they find their beloved sons taken away from them and themselves thrown in jail.

Director: Arvin Brown
Stars: Virginia Madsen, Jeffrey Nordling, Graham Beckel
Untamed Love (TV Movie 1994)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A badly abused girl of 7 is saved from having to be admitted to an institution by a dedicated Special Education teacher whose class she's been placed in until there is an opening in the ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Aaron
Stars: Cathy Lee Crosby, John Getz, Gary Frank
Hell Town (TV Movie 1985)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Director: Don Medford
Stars: Robert Blake, Jeff Corey, James Gammon
Hell Town (TV Series 1985)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The story of Noah "Hardstep" Rivers, a hard-living Catholic priest at a church in a crime filled neighborhood on the east side of Los Angeles.

Stars: Robert Blake, Whitman Mayo, Jeff Corey
Of Mice and Men (TV Movie 1981)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A TV adaptation of John Steinbeck's novel. George and Lenny travel through the Depression-era west working at odd jobs, hoping to make enough money to buy their own farm. George must always... See full summary »

Director: Reza Badiyi
Stars: Robert Blake, Randy Quaid, Lew Ayres
A Child Is Missing (TV Movie 1995)
Crime | Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A hermit living in the Washington Mountains stumbles upon a boy who has been kidnapped. He does everything in his power to save the boy but he becomes a suspect. Meanwhile the boy's mother ... See full summary »

Director: John Power
Stars: Henry Winkler, Roma Downey, Dale Midkiff
Hard to Forget (TV Movie 1998)
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

In the course of investigating a murder, sexy private investigator Max Warner can't resist the charms of a femme fatale whose link with the murder victim is too close for comfort.

Director: Vic Sarin
Stars: Polly Shannon, Tim Dutton, Nicholas Campbell
Edit

Cast

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

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

police | church | murder | 1980s | 1970s | See All (27) »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

23 February 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Deliver Them from Evil: The John List Story  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Quotes

[Saying grace with her husband and his authoritative mother]
Helen List: The recipe may not be yours, but the food is.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Chilling and true
24 August 2003 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

John List was a devout Lutheran who lived with his wife, mother and three children. He grew up as an only child with strict German parents, he had an overly protective and domineering mother (sort of like Norman Bates). List had a masters degree in accounting, but lacked social skills and had a history of losing jobs. People who knew him describe him as an odd and reclusive man who had few friends. He was such a tight ass he would wear a shirt and tie to mow the lawn. One day he snapped and murdered his entire family and got away with it for almost twenty years until America's Most Wanted captured him. That is the story in a nutshell and this film is a good depiction of it. Blake plays List as a milquetoast with rage underneath. this was his first acting in eight years and he won an Emmy nomination for his performance. List claimed that he killed his family because he was worried his daughter wanted to be an actress a job he considered sinful and his wife was sick. Bull@#$%! List was in financial trouble and just wanted to get out and start a new life, that is why he killed his family. His lawyer tried to use this excuse at his trial, but thats all it was. He killed his family to just get rid of them thats all. They featured List's story on a tv show I like called Forensic Files recently and it was just as riveting as this film. Theres one man I would like to take my hat off too. He is a Forensic sculptor named Frank Bender. He created a bust of what List would look like twenty years later and it led to his capture when they showed it on tv. He went over pictures of List and even consulted a forensic psychologist to create a psychological profile of the killer. He even correctly predicted what kind of glasses List would wear twenty years later, a pair with dark frames to hide the fact he was a failure. It led to this killer's capture. List was sentenced to life in prison and to this day has shown no remorse for his terrible crimes. I just cannot believe a human being could be so cold-hearted to murder his wife, mother and three children. I saw this film again on Court TV and it was even more chilling giving the recent circumstances surrounding Robert Blake. I think he killed his wife, and I even wonder if he got the idea from making this film!


7 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Is this movie avalible anywhere in the united states? hoabob
Judgement Day-The John List Story dallasjimi
Incredible parallels between John List + Robert Blake powderuk
Discuss Judgment Day: The John List Story (1993) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?