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Murder Of Innocence [DVD]

Stephen Caffrey , Paul Cavanagh , Tom McLoughlin    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Stephen Caffrey, Paul Cavanagh, Graham Beckel, Jerry Hardin, Millie Perkins
  • Directors: Tom McLoughlin
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Infinity Media
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Aug 2008
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001E2N5RS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,822 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The story of a mentally disturbed girl who appears to have everything, a loving husband, a beautiful home and very caring parents. However, she is haunted by images of herself as a child being victimised and becomes paranoid and out of touch with reality each day: she stores meat in her clothes drawers, prepares desserts covered with poison and stalks her High School sweetheart. But her behaviour eventually drives her husband away which only intensifies her madness and she goes on a rampage of destruction and murder.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and terrifying 4 April 2012
By A. Non
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
*some spoilers ahead*

I first saw this film on TV and was so mesmerised that I took the first opportunity to add it to my collection.

Based on a true story, this film depicts Laurie Wade (played by Valerie Bertinelli in an absolutely fascinating and extraordinary performance), a young newlywed woman whose deep troubles are ignored by her apparently willfully-oblivious parents and hidden from everyone but her husband. Her slow spiral into mental illness is depicted with - as anyone who's ever known anyone who suffers in a similar way - unerring accuracy, as she is unable to cope with daily life and then becomes destructive, storing rotting meat and writing numbers on walls compulsively, until the fateful day when she makes her way to the local school with a gun in her hand.

Not only does Valerie Bertinelli depict Laurie Wade's descent so realistically, it's also heartbreaking to watch, to the point that - no matter how terrible her behaviour becomes - I could never find myself feeling anything but sorry for her. The supporting cast is also very strong, especially Stephen Caffrey as her beleaguered husband, desperately trying to help his wife and completely powerless to do so.

This is a gripping film that keeps you on the end of your seat the whole way through. Whether you enjoy true movies, or just enjoy strong psychological dramas, I would urge you to add this to your collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When no-one would listen 16 Jan 2014
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The innocent are always first to go, Story is fabulous with the cast are great making it better than expected. A couple get married and than after a while the problems arise. She goes out of control and with the medication she is on it just didn't work. The parents make out there is nothing wrong and refuse to help. The police can't do anything because the law isn't broken and she manages to get a gun, Now I rated this movie an A grade plus keeping you involved from beginning to end with the suspense gathering around all the time, will help reach her in time, why doesn't anyone else notice apart from her husband the unusual things going on. Now I have told you some of the story you'll have to move now and find out more as I do recommend this to watch and judge for yourself. A marvelous film that will keep you on your toes. So now pick up the popcorn and retire to the lounge room, put your feet up and relax to a fantastic show that's different as much as demanding. Enjoy!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars based on a true story..... 17 Nov 2011
By babyday
Format:DVD
Based on a true story,Vallerie bertinelli plays laurie wade,to the outside world it looks like she has the perfect life,with a nice home & husband & loving parents,but she is a woman gripped by madness & paranoia.Gradually lauries behaviour grows more alarming & bizarre as she starts storing meat in drawers & lacing things with poison,all leading up to a horrible tragedy at a primary school.Valerie is amazing as laurie & this is one of the best true life movies ive seen!
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 3 July 2013
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This was a very good film read the book it was equally good,
most of her problems stemmed from, her mother who appeared,
quite cold and distant, not very affectionate. would recommend
it acting was very good.
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  50 reviews
34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BERTINELLI ASSOLUTA 6 Nov 2007
By William L. Phipps - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Nothing in her previous work prepared me for Valerie Bertinelli's
extraordinary performance in this fine film. Splendid support by
Stephen Caffrey who manages to give his role as Bertinelli's harried
husband some shadings. Based on a true story, Bertinelli plays Laurie
Wade as both protagonist and antagonist.- and as her mother, Millie Perkins is sensational in showing her ambiguity and fear toward her own
child. But it's Bertinelli's show all the way, and it's too bad she's
never had a chance to shine in feature films. When one considers her
fine performances in such TV films as "Silent Witness", "Ordinary Heroes",
and "In A Child's Name", it's hard NOT to take her seriously.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie 26 Dec 2013
By kjm27434 - Published on Amazon.com
Probably Valerie Bertinelli's best acting portrayal - ever. She plays a young woman, very intelligent with a bright future ahead of her who becomes mentally ill and psychologically spirals down a long devastating dark path. This movie is based on a true story of Laurie Dann (although in this movie, her name is Laurie Wade). The movie and Valeries acting were both superb, however, the movie leaves a lot of real life events out, and adds in a lot of events that never happened in the real story of Laurie Dann (the normal hollywood-izing). Even the tragic event that happens on Lauries last day, was embellished and is not a correct portrayal of the real story. It was interesting to read up on the 'real' Laurie Dann that this movie is based on, and see that even to this day, almost 30 years later, Psychologists still study Laurie's life, and have no idea what mental illness inflicted her and caused her life to spin so out of control. She had many signs of many different illnesses, but none that fit exactly according to professionals that study her life.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Sad 31 Dec 2013
By Cathy lewis - Published on Amazon.com
This movie was heartbreaking. Valerie Bertinelli did a good job in this movie though! I never cared too much for her acting but this movie she outdid herself.
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Murder of Innocence 14 April 2007
By Linda Hitchcock - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I have not yet received this movie, however I have seen it on television. I believe this is one of Valerie Bertinelli's best work. Her acting was brilliant. It's an excellent film and would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys true movies.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars too much like recent school shootings! 2012 18 Dec 2012
By T Kaz - Published on Amazon.com
I came across this using up my prime trial and I like Valerie so I watched not even reading the synopsis. UGh this is right after the Sandy hook school murders :(. I had trouble getting thru' it for that reason.

But couldnt help but wonder if this is what happen there. The ladys real name for which this story is taken is Laurie Dann it happen in mid eighties.

Man it just seems like more should be done before it happens. My BIL has mental illness and his family had the strength to commit him, and he is much better under that care.

Its hard tho' most families cant admit the problem let alone take such a huge step as committing a child or loved one. (Tho' Im told its harder to commit someone now, they wont take such action till someone gets hurt ...ugh. I get why but its such a horrid risk).

My BIL was only able to get help after his parents died and the siblings who knew for years he had a problem and needed help were able to live with him and see what was happening.

After several police incidents he was committed before harming anyone.

I dont know what the answers are but bravery to take the needed steps to help has to be one of them.

So sad. Dont watch this if youre depressed or need to see something light! I was dumb and didnt read the synopsis.

Well done film but hard to view and disturbing.
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