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The Staircase Murders (2007)

TV Movie  |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  15 April 2007 (USA)
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After calling 911 to report his wife's accident, successful novelist and aspiring politician, Michael Peterson, becomes the prime suspect in her alleged murder.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Rudolf
Caitlin Atwater
Todd Peterson (as Brandon Olive)
Margaret Peterson
D. A. Jim Hardin
Detective Castell
Kate Donadio ...
Kathleen Peterson
Martha (as Stephanie Honore)
Bill Peterson
Clayton Peterson (as Kyle Clements)
Candace Zamperini
Melinda Walsh ...
Patty Peterson
Lisha Brock ...
Freda Black


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Watch the documentary instead
4 April 2010 | by (Narnia) – See all my reviews

This film is a run of the mill, made for TV drama, which I happened to catch in the middle of the night on a cable channel.

There's nothing exactly wrong with this movie, but the documentary "The Staircase" (Soupçons) by Jean Xavier Lestrade is far superior. It's one of the best documentaries I've ever seen.

The documentary is extremely suspenseful with unbelievable twists and turns.

Why settle for this fictionalized version?

Maybe I'm biased. If I perhaps hadn't seen the documentary I would have enjoyed this movie more. There's certainly nothing wrong with the acting or the suspense of the subject matter.

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