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Murder: By Reason of Insanity (1985)

A married couple from Poland emigrates to the U.S.,. but things don't turn out as well as they had imaged. The husband's business fails, while his wife's career really takes off. The ... See full summary »


Anthony Page


Marilyn Goldstein (article), Scott Swanton


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Candice Bergen ... Ewa Berwid
Jürgen Prochnow ... Adam Berwid
Hector Elizondo ... Ben Haggarty
Eli Wallach ... Dr. Huffman
Alison La Placa ... Janet Landry (as Alison LaPlaca)
Lee Kessler Lee Kessler ... Maggie Teresi
Norman Parker ... Judge Gold
Kent Williams ... Dick Crowell
Keri Houlihan Keri Houlihan ... Sara Berwid
Justin Gocke Justin Gocke ... Daniel Berwid
Arthur Taxier ... Sergeant Mahaaski
Sloane Shelton ... Nurse Karris
Tom Everett ... Mr. Olson
Gary Wichard Gary Wichard ... Gerry
Al White ... Staggers


A married couple from Poland emigrates to the U.S.,. but things don't turn out as well as they had imaged. The husband's business fails, while his wife's career really takes off. The husband, unable to cope with the pressures of his failed business, his failing marriage and the adjustments necessary to live in a completely different society, begins to take out his frustrations on his wife. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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The man she loves most is the man she fears most.


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Release Date:

1 October 1985 (USA) See more »

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My Sweet Victim See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Many of the patients in the Pilgrim State Hospital's ward scenes were played by real life hospital staff. See more »

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Fabulous Bergen performance elevates tragic true-life saga...
26 September 2009 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Made-for-television entry, well-directed by Anthony Page, concerns Polish couple who have immigrated to the States, only to have their marriage come to an impasse; the wife hopes to leave her violently uncontrolled husband, who plays upon her fears that he will eventually kill her. Psychological stories of marital warfare don't always work on film, yet this fact-based case study is given a serious, sometimes chilling treatment, rendering it more than just another issue-of-the-week melodrama. As the unhappy Berwids, Candice Bergen and Jürgen Prochnow do Emmy-worthy work; Bergen, in particular, is a revelation. Very fine, very involving film which, although it gives us a typically incompetent justice system, makes few compromises towards a tidy, TV-movie formula.

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