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The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story (2004)

As the police search for a missing pregnant woman, new evidence emerges that throws suspicion on her seemingly devoted husband.


Roger Young


Dave Erickson




Cast overview, first billed only:
Dean Cain ... Scott Peterson
Sarah Brown ... Kate Vignatti (as Sarah Joy Brown)
G.W. Bailey ... Det. Gates
Cindy Hogan ... Kim Peterson
Palmer Davis ... Angela Panati
Heidi Marnhout ... Donna Taylor
Louise Gallagher Louise Gallagher ... Jackie Peterson
Joe Howard ... Lee Peterson
Tina Molina ... Amy Rocha
Dan Cashman ... Mr. Whitman
Jackson Jarvis Jackson Jarvis ... Sammy Vignatti
Erin McKinley Erin McKinley ... Babysitter
David E. Willis ... Modesto News Anchor
Marnie Crossen Marnie Crossen ... Elderly Woman
Roark Critchlow ... Todd Dewey


Laci Peterson is a pregnant mother to-be. On the eve of Christmas, she disappears. Her husband, Scott Peterson, and her whole family search for Laci. There are no signs of Laci anywhere. Months go on and on, and the media and public start to think that Scott murdered his wife. The Rocha family support Scott and defend him, until Scott's mistress, Amber Frey, holds a press conference admitting that she was having an affair with Scott, while he was married. Scott had told Amber that he was not married. This makes the Rocha family start to doubt Scott's innocence. Laci's mother, Sharon Rocha, always believed Scott to be a PERFECT HUSBAND, but now she doubts that. Finally the Rocha family publicly announces that they are against Scott. In 2003, Laci's body and baby wash up on shore, and she is officially declared to be murdered. The police arrest Scott and the movie ends here. Written by Brian

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Perfect husband... or prime suspect? See more »

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and brief language | See all certifications »

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Dean Cain said in interviews that since Peterson had not yet gone to trial when the movie was being filmed, he tried to play him as if he were innocent. See more »


The court house depicted shortly after Scott is taking in for questioning is the Regional East County Court House in El Cajon, CA which is more then 438 miles away from Modesto. See more »


References Martha Stewart Living (1996) See more »

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Average TV-movie on a notorious case
15 February 2004 | by tcdarknessSee all my reviews

The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story is a TV-movie starring Dean Cain as Scott Peterson, the man accused of killing his 8-month-pregnant wife Laci (Meredith Lieber) and who'd had an affair with Amber Frey (Tracy Middendorf) in 2002.

The movie was filmed before the murder case against Scott had even began, so of course the movie has to be rather ambivalent in its treatment of him. That is one of the major flaws of the movie. Without a settled case, the movie really beats around the bush as to whether or not Scott did the murder or if he was just a man with a bad secret who was wrongfully accused.

For his part, Dean Cain plays the role well with hints of guilt, but the part was scripted as such it seems and he is not an endearing character. He could have been more convincing early in the script, before the revelation that he was a suspect, then shown as more conniving. From the get-go, his character just shows too many guilt signs and ever action of his says "look at me, this is a warning sign" instead of being more subliminal early.

In all, there is a complete lack of a true central character. Laci is non-existent as a character in the movie, mostly just referred to in the past tense. The parents, rightfully so, share a large portion of the screen time and most of the sympathy of the viewer. But there are a lot of useless actors with bit roles (investigators, for instance) in the script to keep it true to the real-life people instead of amalgamated into a few more meaningful, dramatized characters.

Overall, a lackluster effort and a movie made too soon with no real connection to the murdered individual. It just seems like the TV movie that it is instead of something more. 5/10

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13 February 2004 (USA) See more »

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