MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 26,185 this week

The Staircase Murders (2007)

TV Movie  -  Crime | Drama | Mystery  -  15 April 2007 (USA)
5.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.8/10 from 261 users  
Reviews: 10 user | 2 critic

After he calls 911 to report his wife's accident, successful novelist and aspiring politician Michael Peterson (Williams) becomes the prime suspect in her alleged murder.

Director:

Writers:

, (based on the book "A Perfect Husband")
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: October

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in October.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 879 titles
created 21 Aug 2011
 
a list of 1554 titles
created 05 Feb 2012
 
a list of 1963 titles
created 12 Jul 2012
 
a list of 43 titles
created 7 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Staircase Murders (TV Movie 2007)

The Staircase Murders (TV Movie 2007) on IMDb 5.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Staircase Murders.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary | Crime | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

The Bridgewater Triangle sits within Southeastern Massachusetts, and includes a number of locations known for unexplained occurrences; the most prominent of which include the legendary ... See full summary »

Directors: Aaron Cadieux, Manny Famolare
Stars: Loren Coleman, Alan Alves, Christopher Balzano
Documentary | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

"The Trials of Darryl Hunt" is a feature documentary about a brutal rape/murder case and a wrongly convicted man, Darryl Hunt, who spent nearly twenty years in prison for a crime he did not... See full summary »

Directors: Ricki Stern, Anne Sundberg
Stars: Evelyn Jefferson, Fred Flagler, John Reeves
Windsor Drive (2014)
Mystery | Thriller

River Miller, a mentally unstable actor haunted by the past, moves to Hollywood to start his life over, only to find his inner demons are inescapable.

Director: Natalie Bible'
Stars: Samaire Armstrong, Anna Biani, Matt Cohen
Welcome Home (2008)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Julien, 28, returns to his home town. He's spent the last 13 years in prison. Out on probation, he's obsessed by a girl... Emily. And one day, he reaches for her: "it's me". She turns around, looks at him and starts to scream.

Director: Jean-Xavier de Lestrade
Stars: Robinson Stévenin, Fanny Valette, Patrick Descamps
Around June (2008)
Animation | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A love story set in the shadow of the shipyards of San Francisco. A young woman (June) living with her much adored uncle Henry and domineering, abusive father (Murry), meets a penniless ... See full summary »

Director: James Savoca
Stars: Samaire Armstrong, Brad William Henke, Jon Gries
Crime | Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Oscar-winning documentary that documents a murder trial in which a 15-year-old African-American is wrongfully accused of a 2000 murder in Jacksonville, Florida.

Director: Jean-Xavier de Lestrade
Stars: Ann Finnell, Patrick McGuinness, James Williams
Witch Hunt (2008)
Documentary | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The story of several families who have their lives destroyed when their hometown is whipped into a frenzy by allegations of child molestation.

Directors: Don Hardy Jr., Dana Nachman
Stars: Jack Cummings, Jackie Cummings, Allen Grafton
Short | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A woman leaves her husband in their hotel room and finds she's unable to return. After inquiring with the staff, they insist that not only are they not registered guests, no one has seen her before. Panic and confusion begin to take hold.

Director: Matthew Gowan
Stars: Navi Rawat, James Harvey Ward, Paul Rae
5 Souls (2013)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  

How far would you go to save your soul? Noah is haunted by this very question when a shadowy stranger offers him a disturbing choice: kill or be killed.

Director: Brett Donowho
Stars: Kristina Anapau, Samaire Armstrong, Steve Bacic
Echoes in the Darkness (TV Movie 1987)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Based on the true life story that took place in the 1970s, this movie follows the murder of Susan Reinert and her two children in Upper Merion Township in Pennsylvania, a case that lasted seven years.

Director: Glenn Jordan
Stars: Peter Coyote, Stockard Channing, Robert Loggia
The Staircase (TV Movie 1998)
Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A small chapel's choir loft survives incomplete with no staircase, until one day a mysterious drifter, with a background in carpentry, arrives in town.

Director: Karen Arthur
Stars: Barbara Hershey, William Petersen, Diane Ladd
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  
Director: Nick Copus
Stars: Michael Peterson
Edit

Cast

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

Storyline

When Michael Iver Peterson, a successful novelist and aspiring politician in Durham, North Carolina, finds his wife Kathleen's body on the staircase, bloody but still breathing, he calls 911 in panic. His son Todd confirms his parents were in true love, would never harm each-other. However the police, notably Detective Joe Castel, and D. A. Jim Hardin, holding a grudge for a column the author once wrote against the incompetent force, disbelieve their postulation she fell from the stairs, notably because her blood was found very high. Adoring step-daughter Caitlin, who privately shows suspicious pleasure in the jewelry inheritance and is named executor of Kathleen's estate, was all night at her Cornell sorority. The female coroner excludes her trainee's preliminary theory of a fall, bluntly stating multiple blows and at least two hours painful death-struggle. Wine - and blood traces suggest Michael may have staged her having drunk too much wine and tried to wipe her blood. The family ... Written by KGF Vissers

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

15 April 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Staircase  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Color:

See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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.


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

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Storyline? killbarney
Free Labor tanstfl
Some mistaken info about this project res_ipsa_ii
Rigged elections give no justice rcu-1
Wife Killers dcderekj
Behind The Staircase katiecoolady
Discuss The Staircase Murders (2007) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?