18 user

Cruel Doubt 

A college student and two friends are accused of murdering one's stepfather and injuring his mother whom refuses to believe her son had anything to do with the attack.




Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Complete series cast summary:
Blythe Danner ...  Bonnie Von Stein 2 episodes, 1992
Matt McGrath ...  Chris Pritchard 2 episodes, 1992
Denis Arndt ...  Leith Von Stein 2 episodes, 1992
Adam Baldwin ...  Det. John Taylor 2 episodes, 1992
R.D. Call ...  District Attorney Mitchell Norton 2 episodes, 1992
Dennis Farina ...  Tom Brereton 2 episodes, 1992
Miguel Ferrer ...  Lewis Young 2 episodes, 1992
Travis Fine ...  James 'Moog' Upchurch 2 episodes, 1992
William Forsythe ...  Police Chief John Crone 2 episodes, 1992
Louise Latham ...  Polly Bates 2 episodes, 1992
Ben Masters ...  Frank Johnston 2 episodes, 1992
Neal McDonough ...  Neal Henderson 2 episodes, 1992
John C. McGinley ...  Attorney Jim Vos Burgh 2 episodes, 1992
Jim Norton ...  Dr. Billy Royal 2 episodes, 1992
Gwyneth Paltrow ...  Angela Pritchard 2 episodes, 1992
G.D. Spradlin ...  George Bates 2 episodes, 1992
Kenneth Welsh ...  Attorney Wade Smith 2 episodes, 1992
Edward Asner ...  Bill Osteen 2 episodes, 1992
David Arquette ...  Josh Duggan 2 episodes, 1992
Stefan Gierasch ...  Judge Watts 2 episodes, 1992
Richard Grove ...  Officer Sparrow 2 episodes, 1992
Matthew Posey ...  Keith Mason 2 episodes, 1992
Tyagi Schwartz ...  Bill Hargrave 2 episodes, 1992
Douglas Roberts 2 episodes, 1992
Jeanine Jackson 2 episodes, 1992
Jordan Lund ...  Policeman Edwards 2 episodes, 1992
Annie O'Donnell ...  Jury Forewoman 2 episodes, 1992
Sheila Shaw ...  Scandalized Neighbor 2 episodes, 1992
Charlie Holliday ...  Noel Lee 2 episodes, 1992
Steve Danton Steve Danton 2 episodes, 1992
David Wells David Wells 2 episodes, 1992
Michael Heintzman Michael Heintzman 2 episodes, 1992
Gunnar Peterson Gunnar Peterson 2 episodes, 1992
Martin Grey 2 episodes, 1992
Scott Allan Campbell Scott Allan Campbell 2 episodes, 1992
Noah Lee Margetts Noah Lee Margetts 2 episodes, 1992
Jake Busey ...  Student 2 episodes, 1992
Richard Schiff ...  Inspector 2 episodes, 1992
Kristin Dattilo ...  Student 2 episodes, 1992
Kelly Connell 2 episodes, 1992
Jill Andre 2 episodes, 1992
LuAnne Ponce ...  Alibi Student 2 episodes, 1992
Claudette Sutherland Claudette Sutherland 2 episodes, 1992


In 1988, North Carolina college student Chris Pritchard is arrested, along with two of his friends, for the murder of Chris' stepfather and brutal beating of his mother. Chris's mother, Bonnie, refuses to believe that Chris had anything to do with the murder, despite mounting evidence about Chris' debauched lifestyle of drugs and video games. Written by Matt Patay

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Crime | Drama


Did You Know?


The perpetrators are supposed to be fanatical Dungeons & Dragons players, yet their books and dice are like new rather than worn with play - and the dice set one character plays with is incomplete. See more »


Version of Honor Thy Mother (1992) See more »

User Reviews

26 September 2004 | by ChrissieSee all my reviews

Two hours worth of movie in a six-hour package. The screenwriter must have just typed the book verbatim into script. It takes a real effort to make such a riveting true story into such a bland and unprovocative flic. About three quarters of this belonged on the cutting room floor.

Gamers might want to watch it just for the fun of seeing how ineptly the script and prop folks handled Dungeons & Dragons. But other than that, there's not much point.

Another major source of annoyance -- or, in this case, gross-out -- was the way the male lead's nose ran whenever he was distraught. Who wants to watch snot run out this guy's nose?

If you want to learn about the case, read the book.

5 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 18 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.






Release Date:

17 May 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cruel Doubt See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

We've Got Your Streaming Picks Covered

Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist.

Visit our What to Watch page

Recently Viewed