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Echoes in the Darkness 

Unrated | | Drama | TV Mini-Series (1987)
Based on the true life story that took place in 1979, this movie follows the murders of Susan Reinert (Stockard Channing) and her two children in Upper Merion Township, Pennsylvania, a case that lasted seven years.




Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »




Complete series cast summary:
Peter Coyote ...  William Bradfield Jr. 2 episodes, 1987
Stockard Channing ...  Susan Reinert 2 episodes, 1987
Robert Loggia ...  Jay Smith 2 episodes, 1987
Peter Boyle ...  Sgt. Joe Van Nort 2 episodes, 1987
Cindy Pickett ...  Sue Myers 2 episodes, 1987
Gary Cole ...  Jack Holtz 2 episodes, 1987
Zeljko Ivanek ...  Vince Valaitis 2 episodes, 1987
Alex Hyde-White ...  Chris Pappas 2 episodes, 1987
Treat Williams ...  Rick Guida 2 episodes, 1987
Vincent Irizarry ...  Montione 2 episodes, 1987
Philip Bosco ...  Judge Garb 2 episodes, 1987
Brenda Bazinet ...  Lynn Reinert 2 episodes, 1987
Diane D'Aquila Diane D'Aquila ...  Pat Schnure 2 episodes, 1987
Tony De Santis ...  Lou De Santis 2 episodes, 1987
Patricia Hamilton ...  Dorothy Hunsberger 2 episodes, 1987
Susannah Hoffmann ...  Beth Ann 2 episodes, 1987
Alan Jordan Alan Jordan ...  Ken Reinert 2 episodes, 1987
Isabelle Mejias ...  Shelly 2 episodes, 1987
Eugene Clark ...  Proctor Nowell 2 episodes, 1987
Richard Comar Richard Comar ...  Matt Mullin 2 episodes, 1987
Scot Denton Scot Denton ...  Joshua Lock 2 episodes, 1987
Jayne Eastwood ...  Betty Vannort 2 episodes, 1987
David Ferry ...  Don Reddin 2 episodes, 1987
Chuck Shamata ...  Costopoulos 2 episodes, 1987
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Based on the true life story that took place in 1979, this movie follows the murders of Susan Reinert (Stockard Channing) and her two children in Upper Merion Township, Pennsylvania, a case that lasted seven years.

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William Bradfield, Jr. died in prison of a heart attack in 1998, having never told anyone where the children were located. See more »


Jack Holtz: What kids...?
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True Cliffhanger
18 April 2004 | by BawoofSee all my reviews

The night Part 1 aired on tv, I was inexorably drawn in. When Part 2 aired, I recorded it because I had to work that night. It was the same night a horrible storm hit--when I came home to my VCR, I'd discovered that the entire episode was UNWATCHABLE! This forced me to buy the novel to find out what happened. The novel is much more graphic and involved, but it turned me on to Joseph Wambaugh because it was the only true-life-horror-mystery-tragedy that I actually laughed out loud while reading! The book is very morbidly funny! Years later when I acquired the video, my girlfriend lamented that it was too long--until we started watching it...when Gary Cole utters the final lines of the cliffhanger--"What kids?" then we saw "To Be Continued..." flash across the screen, I jokingly said: "Well, it's late and I need to be leaving, I'll show you Part 2 some other time." She grabbed me and told me that I WASN'T GOING TO LEAVE until we watched the second video! Yes, it's that good! Watch it if you like true crime--but read the book too!

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Release Date:

1 November 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Domen See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada


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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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New World Television See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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