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Charles S. Dutton,
Jo D. Jonz
The pious John List regularly goes to church and is respected by his neighbours. But one day the police finds his wife Helen and their three children slayed in their house - obviously by John, who left two letters for the police and his priest and disappeared. Chief Richland is disgusted by the murder 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>
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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