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The Staircase Murders (2007)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | TV Movie 15 April 2007
After calling 911 to report his wife's accident, successful novelist and aspiring politician, Michael Peterson, becomes the prime suspect in her alleged murder.

Director:

Tom McLoughlin

Writers:

Donald Martin, Aphrodite Jones (based on the book "A Perfect Husband")
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Treat Williams ... Michael Peterson
Kevin Pollak ... David Rudolf
Samaire Armstrong ... Caitlin Atwater
Brandon Ray Olive ... Todd Peterson (as Brandon Olive)
Laura Bailey ... Margaret Peterson
Douglas M. Griffin ... D. A. Jim Hardin
Brett Rice ... Detective Castell
Kate Donadio Kate Donadio ... Erica
Nina Jones ... Kathleen Peterson
Stephanie Honoré ... Martha (as Stephanie Honore)
Ric Reitz ... Bill Peterson
Kyle Clements ... Clayton Peterson
Lara Grice ... Candace Zamperini
Melinda Walsh Melinda Walsh ... Patty Peterson
Lisha Brock ... Freda Black
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When Michael Iver Peterson, a successful novelist and aspiring politician in Durham, North Carolina, finds his wife Kathleen's body on the staircase, bloody but still breathing, he calls 911 in panic. His son Todd confirms his parents were in true love, would never harm each-other. However the police, notably Detective Joe Castel, and D. A. Jim Hardin, holding a grudge for a column the author once wrote against the incompetent force, disbelieve their postulation she fell from the stairs, notably because her blood was found very high. Adoring step-daughter Caitlin, who privately shows suspicious pleasure in the jewelry inheritance and is named executor of Kathleen's estate, was all night at her Cornell sorority. The female coroner excludes her trainee's preliminary theory of a fall, bluntly stating multiple blows and at least two hours painful death-struggle. Wine - and blood traces suggest Michael may have staged her having drunk too much wine and tried to wipe her blood. The family ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Staircase Murders- Watch Your Step Please ***
17 April 2007 | by edwagreenSee all my reviews

Treat Williams gives another excellent performance in this true story about a supposedly successful writer on trial for the murder of his second wife. Did he or didn't he kill her by the staircase and make it look like an accidental drunken fall?

Williams does best when he is the victim of accusations. His sinister performance is remarkably done.

Did anyone ever bother to question why the other woman who met her death on a staircase 18 years before looked so good when her body was dug up?

This is also a story of strong family relationships. It depicts how part of that relationship begins to break up as the evidence begins to pile up.

A footnote to all this is that one should never start rejoicing with their attorney until the verdict is announced.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Staircase See more »

Filming Locations:

Louisiana, USA See more »

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