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Fatal Vision 

A retiree spends nine years relentlessly seeking to prove that his son-in-law, a former Green Beret Army doctor, murdered his pregnant wife and two children.
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1984  
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Karl Malden ...  Freddy Kassab 2 episodes, 1984
Eva Marie Saint ...  Mildred Kassab 2 episodes, 1984
Barry Newman ...  Bernie Segal 2 episodes, 1984
Gary Cole ...  Capt. Jeffrey MacDonald, MD 2 episodes, 1984
Andy Griffith ...  Victor Worheide 2 episodes, 1984
Gary Grubbs ...  James Blackburn 2 episodes, 1984
Joel Polis ...  Brian Murtagh 2 episodes, 1984
Mitchell Ryan ...  Paul Strombaugh 2 episodes, 1984
Wendy Schaal ...  Colette MacDonald 2 episodes, 1984
Scott Paulin ...  William Ivory 2 episodes, 1984
Barry Corbin ...  Franz Grebner 2 episodes, 1984
Albert Salmi ...  Judge Dupree 2 episodes, 1984
Alexandra Johnson Alexandra Johnson ...  Helena Stoeckley 2 episodes, 1984
Paddi Edwards ...  Mrs. Perry MacDonald 2 episodes, 1984
Frank Dent Frank Dent ...  Joe McGinniss 2 episodes, 1984
Carmen Argenziano ...  Col Pruett 2 episodes, 1984
Andy Wood Andy Wood ...  Robert Shaw 2 episodes, 1984
Dennis Redfield ...  Peter Kearns 2 episodes, 1984
Joe Mays ...  William Posey 2 episodes, 1984
Rex Ryon Rex Ryon ...  Jay MacDonald 2 episodes, 1984
J.P. Bumstead J.P. Bumstead ...  Col. Rock 2 episodes, 1984
Brandy Gold Brandy Gold ...  Kimberly age 5 2 episodes, 1984
Dylan Galer Dylan Galer ...  Kristen 2 episodes, 1984
Lance Rosen ...  Dennis Eisman 2 episodes, 1984
Patricia Duff ...  Joy 2 episodes, 1984
Nadine Van der Velde ...  Randi 2 episodes, 1984
Laurence Haddon Laurence Haddon ...  Gen. Flanagan 2 episodes, 1984
Jack Rader ...  Provost Marshal 2 episodes, 1984
Kenneth Tigar ...  Pathologist 2 episodes, 1984
Fred Morsell Fred Morsell ...  Agent 2 episodes, 1984
Roy London Roy London ...  Dr. Thornton 2 episodes, 1984
Ken Hill Ken Hill ...  Neighbor 2 episodes, 1984
Eugene Butler ...  Capt. Somers 2 episodes, 1984
Judith Barsi ...  Kimberly age 3 2 episodes, 1984
Anne Betancourt ...  St. Mary's Sister 2 episodes, 1984
Scotch Byerley Scotch Byerley ...  Lab Tech 2 episodes, 1984
Kathy Christopher Kathy Christopher ...  Hippie Girl 2 episodes, 1984
Robert Clotworthy ...  MP Sergeant 2 episodes, 1984
Hortensia Colorado Hortensia Colorado ...  Nurse 2 episodes, 1984
Kathleen Coyne ...  1st Witness 2 episodes, 1984
David Dangler David Dangler ...  MP Lieutenant 2 episodes, 1984
Matthew Faison Matthew Faison ...  Dr. Bronstein 2 episodes, 1984
Norman Alexander Gibbs Norman Alexander Gibbs ...  News Reporter 2 episodes, 1984
Howard Goodwin Howard Goodwin ...  Party Announcer 2 episodes, 1984
Lance Gordon ...  CID Captain 2 episodes, 1984
Norman Lee Harris Norman Lee Harris ...  CID Man 2 episodes, 1984
Billy James Billy James ...  TV Interviewer 2 episodes, 1984
Steve James ...  U.S. Marshal 2 episodes, 1984
Allan Kolman ...  Reporter 2 episodes, 1984
Richard Lineback ...  MP Captain 2 episodes, 1984
Tracee Lyles Tracee Lyles ...  Nurse 2 episodes, 1984
James Morrison ...  Green Beret 2 episodes, 1984
Clare Torao ...  Nurse 2 episodes, 1984
Fred Ponzlov Fred Ponzlov ...  Reporter 2 episodes, 1984
Fred Retes Fred Retes ...  Photographer 2 episodes, 1984
John Rose John Rose ...  FBI Man 2 episodes, 1984
Paul Ryan Paul Ryan ...  Talk Show Host 2 episodes, 1984
Miguel Sandoval ...  MP in Jeep 2 episodes, 1984
Grayce Spence Grayce Spence ...  Court Clerk 2 episodes, 1984
Tom Tarpey Tom Tarpey ...  Psychiatrist 2 episodes, 1984
Brian Thompson ...  Lt. Harrison 2 episodes, 1984
Arnold F. Turner Arnold F. Turner ...  Lab Technician 2 episodes, 1984
Beth Ringwald Beth Ringwald ...  Babysitter 2 episodes, 1984
Wesley Thompson ...  Sgt. McPherson 2 episodes, 1984
Bill Vint Bill Vint ...  Dr. Sadoff 2 episodes, 1984
Justine Visone ...  Secretary 2 episodes, 1984
Peter Vogt Peter Vogt ...  Jury Foreman 2 episodes, 1984
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Storyline

In 1970, military doctor Jeffrey McDonald reports a hideous and confusing story: A gang of hippies akin to the Manson Family broke into his North Carolina home and slaughtered his wife and two daughters, while somehow only wounding him slightly as he tried to fight them off. As McDonald continues to proclaim his innocence, his skeptical father-in-law Freddy Kassab and investigative journalist Joe McGinniss probe his story to uncover the truth. Written by Jwelch5742

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 November 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Död i dimma dold See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The movie does not include the fact that Jeffrey MacDonald told Freddy and Mildred Kassab, that he had tracked down and killed one of the assailants he claimed had attacked the family. Freddy and Mildred did not believe the story, and this caused them to become very suspicious of their former son-in-law. MacDonald later admitted he lied about the incident, and claimed he made up the story to help his former in-laws deal with their grief. See more »

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Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

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Good piece of acting-solidly presented
16 January 2005 | by AJSteeleSee all my reviews

I remember being riveted by this movie when it first appeared on TV in 1984. It was a really well done TV movie, especially the acting by Gary Cole. As far as McDonalds guilt goes, I really don't know, but the film will make you lean towards definite guilt. The one question is why? Those children being brutally slain goes beyond comprehension. The movie gave me a real feeling of being there by capturing the mood of the late sixties-early seventies. If McDonald was a true sociopath this film did an over the top job of presenting it. To this day McDonald vehemently denies his guilt and actively pursues legal routes to free himself from jail. I'm waiting for the DVD release, and I think I'll be waiting a long time. I have the rare laserdisc which will have to do.


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