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Fatal Vision [VHS]

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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 (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 630262312X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #383,547 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Littrell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 12, 2004
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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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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By ajsteele on 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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. R Hayes on 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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By ZUDORA on September 27, 2012
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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Linda Hitchcock on April 13, 2007
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 26, 1999
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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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