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The Staircase Murders (2007)

After calling 911 to report his wife's accident, successful novelist and aspiring politician, Michael Peterson, becomes the prime suspect in her alleged murder.

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Tom McLoughlin

Writers:

Donald Martin, Aphrodite Jones (based on the book "A Perfect Husband")
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Treat Williams ... Michael Peterson
Kevin Pollak ... David Rudolf
Samaire Armstrong ... Caitlin Atwater
Brandon Ray Olive ... Todd Peterson (as Brandon Olive)
Laura Bailey ... Margaret Peterson
Douglas M. Griffin ... D. A. Jim Hardin
Brett Rice ... Detective Castell
Kate Donadio Kate Donadio ... Erica
Nina Jones ... Kathleen Peterson
Stephanie Honoré ... Martha (as Stephanie Honore)
Ric Reitz ... Bill Peterson
Kyle Clements ... Clayton Peterson
Lara Grice ... Candace Zamperini
Melinda Walsh Melinda Walsh ... Patty Peterson
Lisha Brock ... Freda Black
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When Michael Iver Peterson, a successful novelist and aspiring politician in Durham, North Carolina, finds his wife Kathleen's body on the staircase, bloody but still breathing, he calls 911 in panic. His son Todd confirms his parents were in true love, would never harm each-other. However the police, notably Detective Joe Castel, and D. A. Jim Hardin, holding a grudge for a column the author once wrote against the incompetent force, disbelieve their postulation she fell from the stairs, notably because her blood was found very high. Adoring step-daughter Caitlin, who privately shows suspicious pleasure in the jewelry inheritance and is named executor of Kathleen's estate, was all night at her Cornell sorority. The female coroner excludes her trainee's preliminary theory of a fall, bluntly stating multiple blows and at least two hours painful death-struggle. Wine - and blood traces suggest Michael may have staged her having drunk too much wine and tried to wipe her blood. The family ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 2007 (USA) See more »

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Louisiana, USA See more »

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This Is Not The Award Winning Sundance Film
29 April 2008 | by StardirtSee all my reviews

This is not the same movie as the award winning Sundance film "The Staircase." Both movies are about the Peterson case, however this one is a heavy handed reenactment and the Sundance version is an actual documentary. "The Staircase Murders" reeks of those one-sided made for TV movies that came out in the 90's to profit off sensationalized criminal cases. The movie is set up like a a regular dramatization of events intermittent with fake documentary scenes. Basically referencing/ripping off the Sundance film which had unprecedented access to the case and persons involved. Don't be fooled, this TV movie doesn't let the audience decide their opinion based on all the facts. It doesn't even let the story unfold or have any gray areas. It's very condescending and pushes its agenda with supposed reenactments of interviews. If you haven't heard the story you should skip this and rent the Sundance film that is interesting, suspenseful, and objective. Don't watch this Hollywood knockoff that wishes it had got to the story first.


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