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‘Sudden Fury: A Family Torn Apart’ (1993): Solid performances in true crime dramatization

Mill Creek Entertainment has released a DVD and digital download combo pack of Sudden Fury: A Family Torn Apart, the true-crime made-for-TV movie that originally aired on NBC back in November, 1993. “Dramatized” (uh oh…) from Leslie Walker’s non-fiction book, Sudden Fury, which detailed the 1984 killings of Bob and Kay Swartz by their adopted son, Larry, Sudden Fury: A Family Torn Apart, written by Matthew Bombeck and directed by Craig R. Baxley, stars Neil Patrick Harris, Johnny Galecki, Linda Kelsey, John M. Jackson, Lisa Banes, James Handy, Tim Kelleher, Timothy Bass, Eric Lloyd, and Gregory Harrison. Continue reading ‘Sudden Fury: A Family Torn Apart’ (1993): Solid performances in true crime dramatization

‘Payback’ (1997): Mary Tyler Moore, Ed Asner reunite

Good ‘ol Mare. I had to poke around all the way up into the 1990s to find a TV movie where Mary Tyler Moore is menaced (apparently she was too good to do cheap actioners during her series’ heyday…): ABC’s Payback, from 1997, with Fredric Lehne, Adam Scott, and guess who? ‘Ol Lou Grant!

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‘Night Terror’ (1977): Valerie Harper changes gears in tense suspenser

Next up on our hit list is Rhoda! Now, you can find Valerie Harper’s 1977 NBC made-for-TV movie, Night Terror, for sale on various public domain discs, but make sure you type in Night Drive, because somehow, somewhere, this spiffy, creepy little actioner was re-titled.

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‘Dying Room Only’ (1973): Cloris Leachman’s deadly vacation

Available through Warner Brothers’ Archive Collection (a real rarity, considering how few MTVs from this era have made it onto disc), ABC’s 1973 telemovie, Dying Room Only, directed by Philip Leacock, written by the master, Richard Matheson, and starring Cloris Leachman, Ned Beatty, Ross Martin, and Dabney Coleman, is a model of efficient, effective suspense.

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