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Fatal Vision [VHS] (1984)

Karl Malden , Eva Marie Saint , David Greene  |  NR |  VHS Tape
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Karl Malden, Eva Marie Saint, Barry Newman, Gary Cole, Andy Griffith
  • Directors: David Greene
  • Writers: Joe McGinniss, John Gay
  • Producers: Dan Wigutow, Mike Rosenfeld, Randy T. Siegel, Richard L. O'Connor
  • Format: Color, Original recording reissued, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 2
  • Studio: Anchor Bay
  • VHS Release Date: October 26, 1992
  • Run Time: 200 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 630262312X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #549,911 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Based on fact from the book by Joe McGinniss, this made-for-TV drama is about an ex-military doctor who is re-tried for the cold-blooded murder of his pregnant wife and two daughters.

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superior made-for-TV movie March 12, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Although director David Greene is known almost exclusively for his work in television, this movie is several notches above most TV fare. Running a full three hours and twenty minutes in two parts, Fatal Vision is just about as riveting as the book of the same name from which it was adapted. The screenplay by long time Hollywood pro John Gay amounts to an indictment of army Captain Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald, but then again so did the book.
Gary Cole gives a convincing performance as the former Green Beret army officer who was accused, and then some nine years after the fact, convicted of the murder of his pregnant wife Collette and two young daughters. Karl Malden plays Freddy Kassab, Collette's father, with his usual skill, while Eva Marie Saint plays Kassab's wife.
Since it is still being debated to this day whether Jeffrey MacDonald really was guilty of this horrendous crime (as he continues to serve his prison sentence), perhaps we should appreciate this movie strictly as a study in sociopathology.
The story begins February 17, 1970 with MacDonald phoning the police to report that his wife and two daughters had been brutally murdered by a marauding gang of hippies who broke into his home shouting "Kill the pigs, acid is groovy." He claims he tried to fight them off and was injured and knocked unconscious.
In contrast, the story presented by the prosecution and detailed in McGinniss's book, portrays MacDonald as having, in a fit of temper injured or killed a member of his family, and then to cover up that crime killed all of them, and then fabricated a crime scene to support his story including the infliction of superficial wounds upon himself.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent TV Movie! November 12, 2005
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The first point that needs to be made is WHERES THE DVD!!! This is another example of a fine movie being dismissed for who knows what reason. I'm sick of it. That being said, this is by far some of the finest acting by Karl Malden and Gary Cole. This is the story of army officer McDonald plight after being accused of killing his family in the late sixties. The look and feel of the era is captured perfectly along with the weird complexityof McDonald. Plays great from beginning to end. Did he or didn't he? Thought provoking and all around mysterious. Properly needs to be put on dvd, big time!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Even Safe With The Military July 5, 2004
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The Manson family murders that occurred in August of 1969 were bad enough, but now this murder provided no safe haven for Middle Class America to run to; the world was falling further and further apart. For Green Beret Doctor Jeffery McDonald it had as he lost his family his wife and 2 little girls to murder. The world mourned with this man, and then came the accusations, and the fact that McDonald himself finds that he's leading the top of the list. His father in law defends him all the way, but then McDonald's behavior, and attitudes begin to make him wonder could McDonald have killed his whole family, and he sets out to find the truth. McDonald still claims that a bunch of hippies killed his family because McDonald wouldn't give out drugs for them. My honest opinion is that McDonald may very well be completely innocent of this crime, but his psychological state makes me have doubts. First of all the appearance on the Dick Cavett show in which he slams the U.S. Army during the investigation, and causing the audience to laugh. Then the fact he alienated his in-laws, and finally moving away makes me feel that he just was moving on way too fast, and not showing any signs of trying to find who killed his family. His psychological state is also showing that McDonald is a paranoid man who loves himself, and anything pertaining to him. I know that if anyone didn't like, or agree with him he's a controlling sort, and will snap at you. I know the one scene where they argued about a piece of evidence McDonald screamed "Warheidi's a Nazi". I feel that he may have been raised that way by his mother. I Can't look at it any other way. McDonald was found guilty, and will not be elligabe for parole for awhile. I found this to be a impressive movies.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD PLEASE September 27, 2012
By ZUDORA
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SOMEONE SOMEWHERE NEEDS TO PUT THIS WONDERFUL TV MOVIE ON THE DVD FORMAT!!! THIS STORY IS STILL TIMELY TODAY AS JEFFERY MCDONALD IS STILL ATTEMPTING TO PETITION THE COURTS FOR A NEW TRIAL. PLEASE, AMAZON, PLEASE SOMEONE CREATE THIS DVD SO A WHOLE NEW GENERATION CAN ENJOY THE THOUGH PROVOKING OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCES BY SOME OUR BEST ACTORS AND ACTRESSES. GARY COLE AND KARL MALDEN ARE OUTSTANDING IN THEIR PORTRAYALS.!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fatal Vision April 13, 2007
Format:VHS Tape
This true story was brilliantly done. Karl Malden and Gary Cole were at their best. It's a hard movie to come by and took me a very long time to find it - should anyone see it for sale, I recommend you contact the seller and ask if it's a 2-part movie and if they tell you it's on one tape, you are only getting part 1 of 2 or part 2 of 2. This happened to me twice and the third time I asked the seller before ordering.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why did MacDonald do it? April 26, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
This is a really great movie about the tragic MacDonald murders. It's really amazing that Jeff MacDonald had a wonderful family, but because of his own selfish, sick ambitions, he wiped out his wife and two girls. And to add insult, he got away with it for 9 YEARS!!! If it wasn't for Freddy Kasab's tireless crusade for justice, MacDonald would still be a free man. Definitely buy the movie, it'll tell the story!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fatal Vision VHS, Karl Malden
One of the best made for TV movies ever. The story line is great, a military doctor killing his family, and deceiving everyone. Read more
Published 6 months ago by biker boy 66
5.0 out of 5 stars murder true story
this movie is fascinating because it is a true story about betrayal drugs and 3 horrifying murders, the husband committed. very cold blooed murders
Published 6 months ago by stevesue
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
This was an excellent film! Gary Cole was great as well as Andy Griffith. Karl Maulden was excellent too. This was a true story and retold well! Read more
Published 8 months ago by angels63
5.0 out of 5 stars An accurate portrayal of Joe McGuinness's book
I would recommend this video to all true crime fans because one never knows what a man is capable of does one.
Published 9 months ago by Fred
5.0 out of 5 stars Patacake
I saw this movie about 10 years ago on TV on Lifetime. But for some reason, they never showed it often. Read more
Published on May 28, 2012 by abigail
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT TRUE STORY
I SAW THIS MOVIE ALONG TIME AGO, I HAVE FOLLOWED MCDONALDS CASE AND IM GLAD HE IS STILL LOCKED UP.I KNOW HE KILLED HIS FAMILY,I THINK HE WAS TWEEKED OUT ON SPEED AND LOST PATIENCE... Read more
Published on September 7, 2011 by jacki
4.0 out of 5 stars Fatal Vision
My mother had read the book Fatal vision and she was so excited when I bought her the movie. The came in good condition and It was an excellent movie.
Published on July 25, 2011 by fnel21
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC VIEWING
What a great mini series, I had read the book of Fatal Vision and wanted to see the mini series, I was not
dissapointed. Read more
Published on October 29, 2009 by Kathleen Hancox
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie at a Great Price
I looked many places for this video before deciding to purchase it from Amazon. I am very pleased with the video.
Published on August 31, 2009 by Janet M. Barzegari
1.0 out of 5 stars would reconsider before ordering a used video again!
I would reconsider ordering a used video again; acturlly, probably never again! The first part was way too bright and light and the second part was too dark in several sections of... Read more
Published on November 11, 2008 by Margaret Weaver
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