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Judgment Day: The John List Story (1993)

The story of the notorious American mass murderer who killed his entire immediate family to hide his personal failures and hid for decades before he was finally arrested.

Director:

Bobby Roth

Writer:

Dennis Turner
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Blake ... John List
Beverly D'Angelo ... Helen List
David Caruso ... Police Chief Bob Richland
Melinda Dillon ... Eleanor List
Alice Krige ... Jean Syfert
David Purdham ... Gene Syfert
Micole Mercurio ... Wanda
Carroll Baker ... Alma List
Tom Butler ... Michael Linder
Tygh Runyan ... John List, Jr.
Roger Cross ... Dennis (as Roger R. Cross)
Gina Gallego ... Janet
Barney McFadden Barney McFadden ... Reverend Barbour
Gabrielle Miller ... Patty List
A.C. Peterson ... Pete DiCicco (as Alan C. Peterson)
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Storyline

The pious John List regularly goes to church and is respected by his neighbours. But one day the police find his wife Helen and their three children slain in their house - obviously by John, who left two letters for the police and his priest and disappeared. Chief Richland is disgusted by the murders and starts an intensive investigation. In flashbacks we learn about the history of the disaster. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 February 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Deliver Them from Evil: The John List Story See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

John List stated in an interview that he originally planned to kill his family on November 1, 1971, because it was "All Saint's Day", a day he thought appropriate for sending them to Heaven. However, due to an interruption in his travel plans, he delayed the killings until eight days later, November 9. See more »

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[Saying grace with her husband and his authoritative mother]
Helen List: The recipe may not be yours, but the food is.
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It was ok
27 December 2002 | by strosstrupSee all my reviews

I love Robert Blake. He is a perennial favorite(up to this point, of course). He is versatile, dynamic, and compelling. However, I think he was miscast in this role. Part of the problem is that nothing about him resembles John List. Although in a lot of scenarios, it is easy to look past the physical resemblance to characters, I found it very difficult to accept his portrayal of John List.

Insofar as the overall acting, it was marginal. Caruso was boring, and not particularly enthralling. D'Angelo was excellent as List's wife. The other tertiary characters added breadth to the film.

All in all, not a bad piece. It is watchable when you are flipping through cable looking for something other than reruns of Home Improvement.


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