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Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008)

Kurt Kuenne , Kurt Kuenne  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kurt Kuenne
  • Directors: Kurt Kuenne
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Oscilloscope Laboratories
  • DVD Release Date: February 24, 2009
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001M564BQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,274 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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A true-crime story so gripping, devastating, and ultimately unforgettable that it easily trumps any thriller Hollywood has to offer this year. --Village Voice.

A true-crime story so gripping, devastating, and ultimately unforgettable that it easily trumps any thriller Hollywood has to offer this year. --Village Voice.

A true-crime story so gripping, devastating, and ultimately unforgettable that it easily trumps any thriller Hollywood has to offer this year. --Village Voice.

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On November 5, 2001, Dr. Andrew Bagby was murdered; the prime suspect, his ex-girlfriend Dr. Shirley Turner, promptly fled the U.S. for Canada, where she announced that she was pregnant with Andrew's child. She named the little boy Zachary. Filmmaker Kurt

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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch this sometime around noon.. February 16, 2009
Format:DVD
Because it will haunt you. I read reviews, wikipedia articles, Amazon, etc.. and I still wasn't prepared for the emotional 90 minute roller coaster this film sends me on. If you have children, young or old, it hits 5x harder. If you have friends that you grew up with, this will hit hard. Just a great film about a tribute to a friend, a tribute to a great set of parents, and the impact one man can have. Everyone should see this film.
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67 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should watch this movie January 27, 2009
Format:DVD
I watched this film the last time they showed it on MSNBC. It has an agenda that becomes apparent towards the end. For the most part however it is a devastating look into the lives of a family that has been through hell. I am a 27 year old construction worker and consider myself to be emotionally sound. That being said, this movie made me cry almost continually. You can't help but feel so much empathy for the principal characters. I would be leery of anybody who didn't tear up when watching this movie. If you don't cry for these people you are incapable of feeling for others. It's that powerful.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You HAVE to see this! Do NOT watch this movie! September 29, 2010
Format:DVD
I just saw this movie yesterday and have been telling people all day that they absolutely MUST see this fantastic movie, and at the same time they should not subject themselves to this torture. This movie is not heart-wrenching, it's heart-slaughtering.

First of all, as many others have said, go in as ignorant as possible. The less you know, the better.

Second, keep the tissues on hand because you will cry...a lot...and probably from the start.

Third, try to watch it in the middle of the day on a weekend when you don't have much left to do, so that you are not expected to be remotely productive for awhile.

Finally, just be prepared to get emotionally destroyed. This is one of the best movies I've ever seen, and I love that I think my life is better for knowing this story, but there are certain things that you can never un-know. Once you've seen this movie, you're stuck with it.
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51 of 60 people found the following review helpful
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I have never seen a documentary have such an impact on me. The Justice system that failed Zachary's grandparents, and Zachary, was a travesty gone wrong in every possible way. I never saw such ludicrous laws that allowed this to happen. I spent 25 years working in Federal Corrections and worked with virtually every LEA in our country. Kurt poured out his heart and soul to this child and did so without holding anything back, telling Zachary the truth about everything. Several of us were discussing it and we're still in a state of disbelief that this could happen. My heart goes out to Andrew's parents and his co-workers at the hospital, who loved him like a brother. Justice has been served but it took a difficult battle to get the laws changed, to ensure this never happens again.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing July 27, 2009
Format:Amazon Instant Video
This movie is not only moving, but life changing. I am pretty sure I haven't cried this much in a long time. Everyone should see this, it will change the way you look at the world around you. You always see and hear about people going through these types of tragedies, but this gave me a glimpse into how truely hard it is.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracked my heart of stone December 31, 2009
By Julie
Format:DVD
On day I was talking to my coworker about why evil things happen in the world and how people can hurt others and not even think twice about it. We decided that sometimes evil happens in the world to show how loving and compassionate people can be and how evil sometimes brings out so much good in others. That is what this movie meant to me.

I caught it by chance on MSNBC flipping through the channels and something about it struck me and I wanted to keep watching it. I thought it was going to a typical true crime drama but I was so wrong. It's the story of how one woman took so much from so many people and caused so much hurt and pain. I can't imagine the pain this family must have felt and I don't want to give too much away because I think you should go into this movie not knowing the whole story and just watch it unfold. But everyone who knew this man, this child and this family took something so awful and pushed through their own pain to make something good for people so that this will not ever happen again. You will get angry, you will cry your eyes out but I hope when you watch this movie the thing you will take away is the love that poured out from everyone's heart. I hope it calls you to action.

The thing I also like is that the issues regarding the criminal case are so matter of fact. I felt the director never went out of his way to villify (sp?) the criminal. You just see for yourself how unjust everything was. The other thing is that these people seem so ordinary that they could be your neighbors or someone you knew. Just ordinary people who had this tradgedy thrust upon them and made the best out of it. You see the hurt and the pain and the anger but also their determination to help and protect others. What they went through to see Zachary... to choose to love their grandchild more then hate his mother to be with him... I don't know if I could do that.

I would recommend watching this film but have a box of Kleenex ready.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My knees went out under me 2/3 of the way through. December 22, 2010
By Abby
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I knew nothing about this story and I recommend that no one reads too much about this documentary so they get the full impact. I was doing hair extensions on a client and she had this on last night. I cried the majority of the time and my stomach flipped and knees went out when I was standing in her living room 2/3 of the way through. I am so horrified by how the legal system failed.

Emotional, bittersweet, beautiful, then horrifying, and enraging-- all wrapped up into one 90 minute documentary. This is one of the most powerful films I've ever seen and it's the next day... I still haven't shaken it off.

The Bagbys are the strongest people I've ever seen. I would have jumped off a bridge by now if I'd have gone through the things they have. God bless that entire family.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST SEE! Heartbreaking, raw, honest, touching. Very well-deserving...
I have seen hundreds of really good documentaries, but none of them have even come close to touching my heart as much as this one. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Sunnyside
3.0 out of 5 stars Zachary
Sad and very depressing. Not exactly as expected.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
One of the saddest movies ( documentary) that I have ever seen. Almost wished I hadn't watched it.
Published 4 days ago by RLP
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Outstanding
Published 5 days ago by Angie z
5.0 out of 5 stars This was an extreme movie and not for the faint ...
This was an extreme movie and not for the faint at heart. It astounds me how slow the government of Canada was to recognize a serious problem until it was too late. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Kimbell Kenner
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Amazing film
Published 20 days ago by Robert
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 20 days ago by Mike Clapp
4.0 out of 5 stars FURIOUS!
I just finished this movie and I am so angry that I am crying! The fact that Justice Gale Welsh did not even as much as APOLOGIZE to the family for the repercussions of her... Read more
Published 26 days ago by alyscha
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional
Very moving, kept me in touch with what truly can happen!
Published 1 month ago by hellanka
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart wrenching
This is a tragic story that ripped my heart out. You'll laugh, cry, scream in anger - it's the best documentary I've ever seen. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jessica Davis
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