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Small Sacrifices [VHS]

3.6 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews


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  • Actors: Farrah Fawcett, Ryan O'Neal, Gordon Clapp, John Shea, Emily Perkins
  • Directors: David Greene
  • Writers: Ann Rule, Joyce Eliason
  • Producers: Charles W. Fries, Louis Rudolph, S. Bryan Hickox, Suzanne De Passe
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Number of tapes: 3
  • Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
  • VHS Release Date: June 24, 1997
  • Run Time: 159 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000039C5
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #268,055 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Small Sacrifices is a 1989 American made-for-TV movie written by Joyce Eliason and is based on the best-selling true crime book by Ann Rule. The film is about the murder and attempted murder by Diane Downs of her three children, so that she could pursue a relationshiop with a married man who did not want children. It stars Farrah Fawcett, Ryan O'Neal, Gordon Clapp, John Shea and Emily Perkins. The film premiered on ABC on 12 November 1989.

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By Christopher M. MacNeil on November 4, 2002
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The small screen treatment of author Ann Rule's best-seller is all the more gut-wrenching because this really happened, a self-absorbed mother whose horrific act of violence against her own children (all for a boyfriend who, it turned out, couldn't wait to unload her?) commanded overdue attention to the threat to children in their own homes. For anyone still unconvinced by "The Burning Bed" that Farrah Fawcett can act better than she can jiggle, they won't be with this one. Fawcett is superlative in getting across the pathological selfishness of Diane Downs and how her children paid for it. The performance was, for Fawcett, a richly earned Emmy nomination. Despite more than ample supporting acting by the likes of John Shea, et al, Fawcett carries this production and highlights it with an indelible emotional wallop. This is an important social piece, much as is "The Burning Bed" remains, and forces us to examine our childrens' safety in a new light. Read Rule's book for background to appreciate the production's faithfulness to its subject matter. Despite that wrenching subject matter, the film gives us some comfort in knowing that the justice system worked this time.
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Movies based upon books are usually not much good, but "Small Sacrifices" is the exception to the rule. Farrah Fawcett delivers a stellar performance as Diane Downs, an Oregon mother who was convicted in mid 1984 for the May 1983 slaying of one of her children and the attempted murders of the other two, all because she was trying to win back the affections of her married lover, who had broken off their affair because he didn't want to be a daddy. Fawcett absolutely excels as Diane Downs because she brings to life Downs's coldness, self absorption, disregard for her children, and psychopathology in an extremely compelling and realistic fashion. John Shea is also commanding as the intense prosecutor, who, convinced of Downs's guilt from the very beginning, relentlessly seeks justice, and not because he feels he has only a legal obligation to do so. Joyce Eliason based her fabulous screenplay on Ann's Rule's bestselling book of the same name. This is an emotional movie, vey tough to watch, and will leave you drained at the end, simply because it is such a hard hitting, spellbinding story about the awful crime committed by a cold blooded woman who never should have been blessed with the gift of children.
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Small Sacrifices, a novel-turned-television-movie, is based on an incredibly true story about a women who tries to kill her three children to keep her lover. My first reaction to this movie was a sick feeling in my stomach that any mother could do such a thing. What also struck me was how convincingly Farrah Fawcett portrayed the cold Diane Downs. I was pleasantly stunned at the intensity each character showed and found that there were no lags or boring lulls in the story line. The devastating story prompted me to read the book by Ann Rule, and I fell in love with the story all over again. I wholeheartedly recommend this movie to anyone who is as fascinated by true crime as I am.
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"Small Sacrifices" is one of the most haunting films based on a true story. Ryan O'Neal and Farrah Fawcett give excellent performances. Farrah is absolutely chilling as Diana Downs.
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I agree with most of the reviews and am hoping that there will be a DVD version made. VHS tapes fade and get noisy with static.
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"Small Sacrifices" is a haunting depiction of the life of Diane Downes, a woman convicted of the brutal attempted murder of her three children. One child, Shawna, was killed, and Karen and Robbie were emotionally and physically maimed by a ruthless sociopath whose obsession with a married man resulted in unspeakable evil. This movie was riveting from start to finish. Staying extremely close to the case study by crime writer Anne Rule, the film is truly unforgettable. I was particularly struck by the courage exemplified by Diane's little girl, Karen, who, though at first unable to speak because of fear, is ultimately able to tell the truth despite the horrific trauma in her life. We as viewers see that good ultimately triumphs when the prosecutor and his wife take steps to ensure that Robbie and Karen will have a loving home.

The acting in this miniseries is unsurpassed. Farrah Fawcett is mesmerizing as Diane, bringing to life a chillingly childlike psychotic personality. Her little-girl persona is horrifying yet heartbreaking: a spoiled individual determined to get what she wants despite the cost. The other actors turn in stellar performances, particularly the man portraying the prosecutor and the little girl who portrays Karen.

Please give this wonderful and unforgettable film a chance. God bless you all.
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A fascinating, intriguing, heart-wrenching story about a sociopath mother who attempted to murder her three children to win the love of a male co-worker who was married and happened to be uninterested in becoming a stepfather. One of the three children dies and the other two are afflicted physically and emotionally, probably for life.

The acting, writing, directing, pacing, suspense, are excellent--Farah Fawsett especially so in her manipulative, callous disregard for anyone else but herself in her desire for sensual pleasure and control of men at the expense of other people's happiness.

The courtroom drama was very well done, slowly building to an emotionally fulfilling climax. The actress who played Dian Down's daughter was very moving and believable. This three hour movie was better than most theatrical releases today. I saw it at one sitting, finding it near impossible to turn it off and return to it the next day.
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