The Staircase Murders

  • Tom McLoughlin (2007)
  • US
  • 102 min
Film Review
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2 out of 5

Treat Williams delivers a considered and enigmatic performance in this dry yet twisting true-crime drama. He plays a bestselling American novelist and aspiring politician who is suspected of murdering his socialite wife. However, as the lies and manipulation slowly unravel in the face of growing evidence, it's his conceited character's continual denial and pretence that keep the narrative absorbing. Ably supported by Kevin Pollak as his unprincipled defence lawyer, Williams elevates an otherwise episodic and pedestrian TV feature. But with the duo's behaviour powered by artifice and variable acting from the rest of the cast, there's little authentic emotion to elicit any empathy, even for the grieving family members.

Plot Summary

Crime thriller based on a true story, starring Treat Williams. When novelist and prospective politician Michael Peterson's wife is found dead, police suspect him of foul play. As investigations proceed, dark secrets are revealed about Michael and other members of the family.

Cast and crew

Cast

Michael Peterson
Treat Williams
David Rudolf
Kevin Pollak
Caitlin Atwater
Samaire Armstrong
Margaret
Laura Bailey
Clayton
Kyle Russell Clements
Todd
Brandon Olive
Kathleen
Nina Jones
Bill
Ric Reitz

Crew

Director
Tom McLoughlin

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Guidance: 
Edited for violence.
Categories
Drama

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