Boulder, Colorado has long been known as a peaceful community. Yet, since the day six-year-old JonBenet Ramsey was discovered brutally murdered in her prominent family's home, this once idyllic community has become a city at war with itself. Struggles rage between John and Patsy Ramsey, local law enforcement, the District Attorney as well as the national tabloid media fixated on issuing blame.
Respected author, director and Emmy Award winning producer Lawrence Schiller (The Executioner's Song) spent over a year in Boulder meticulously researching and writing the best-selling book upon which this compelling miniseries is entirely based.
This video edition features the longer director's cut not shown on television and features an all-star cast including Kris Kristofferson, Marg Helenberger, Ronny Cox, Ken Howard and Ann-Margret.
Special Director's Cut - Over 18 Minutes of Additional Footage.
The murder of six-year-old JonBenét Ramsey was tabloid fodder for years, but Perfect Murder, Perfect Town
earns respect with its riveting focus on facts. In adapting his own bestselling book
with writer Tom Topor, producer-director Lawrence Schiller (who chronicled the O.J. Simpson trial in An American Tragedy
) wrangles dozens of characters into a complicated but coherent portrait of justice gone awry. Beginning with the Christmas-night murder in 1996 and spanning 18 months of investigation, this three-hour telefilm shows how sloppy police work, legal loopholes, and political conditions in Boulder, Colorado, made JonBenét's murder virtually unsolvable. Ronny Cox and CSI
's Marg Helgenberger play the highly suspect Ramsey parents, steadfastly maintaining an innocent façade; their performances are ripe with ambiguity. Schiller also dramatizes the machinations of a tabloid journalist (Sean Whalen); a religious detective (Kris Kristofferson) hired by the Ramseys; the backstage maneuvering of Boulder's district attorney (Ken Howard); the poorly secured crime scene; and much more. With its semi-documentary approach and first-rate cast, the film covers a lot of territory but it's never confusing or exploitative. And still, the mystery remains. --Jeff Shannon