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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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An Inconceivable Tragedy. A Suspect Beyond Belief. See more »

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

Did You Know?


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 »


When the detective closes his cell phone after receiving the preliminary results that the bodies belong to Laci and Connor, the antenna is extended. In the next shot it is retracted. See more »


References Good Morning America (1975) See more »

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The Perfect Husband The Laci Peterson Story
18 November 2006 | by psywizard880See all my reviews

This movie was released before the trial was over. I could not believe they were going to do that. I was glued to the TV from the beginning of this mess started on Christmas Eve 2002. I thought the movie was good, and Dean Cain kinda looked like Peterson. A little creepy! But we all now know, you can't kill your wife and unborn child here in the USA. Scott got what he deserved, the death sentence. I would rather seen him in prison, with no chance of parole, but in the general population. I watch this movie a lot. Good acting and i give this movie a B+.This trial went on and on as we know, but I think the whole world fell in love with Laci. She was just a beautiful girl in looks and spirit. All she wanted to do is have a normal life and have children with a man she could love and trust. But there were so many affairs with him, shortly after they were married. I only wish she would have left the marriage and Laci would still be here. I think of the family often.

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13 February 2004 (USA) See more »

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Modesto, California, USA See more »

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