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My Father's Shadow: The Sam Sheppard Story (1998)

Fact-based story about the controversial conviction of Dr. Sam Sheppard (Peter Strauss) for the murder of his wife in Cleveland. The story picks up with his conviction and concentrates on ... See full summary »

Director:

Peter Levin

Writers:

Cynthia L. Cooper (book), Sam Reese Sheppard (book) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Strauss ... Dr. Sam Sheppard
Henry Czerny ... Sam Reese Sheppard (segment "Chip")
Lindsay Frost ... Marilyn Sheppard
John Colicos ... Richard Eberling (in jail)
John Bourgeois ... Dr. Robert Sheppard
Bradley Reid Bradley Reid ... Sam Reese - Age 7 / Age 10
Jonathan Kroeker Jonathan Kroeker ... Sam Reese - Age 17
Janet-Laine Green ... Ariane - Age 25 / Age 64
Ralph Small Ralph Small ... Terry Gilbert
Madhuri Bhatia Madhuri Bhatia ... Cayahoga County Coroner
Philip Craig ... Prosecutor Mahon
Nicole Crozier ... Alisa
James B. Douglas James B. Douglas ... R.A. Sheppard
Roger Dunn ... Corrigan
Norma Edwards Norma Edwards ... Ethel Sheppard
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Storyline

Fact-based story about the controversial conviction of Dr. Sam Sheppard (Peter Strauss) for the murder of his wife in Cleveland. The story picks up with his conviction and concentrates on his son's (Henry Czerny) efforts 40 years later to find evidence that his father was innocent of the crime. The story was the basis for the film and TV series of "The Fugitive". Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Death in the Shadows See more »

Filming Locations:

Oakville, Ontario, Canada

Company Credits

Production Co:

Jaffe/Braunstein Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Despite the optimistic ending to this supposedly true account, a 2000 Ohio civil trial concluded that Sam Sheppard did in fact murder his wife. The trial is detailed in the nonfiction book "Dr. Sam Sheppard on Trial" by Jack DeSario and William Mason. See more »

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Superb movie
7 November 1999 | by joelouisSee all my reviews

Excellent movie. Don't miss it. I have always liked Peter Strauss acting but this is the best I have seen of him. Henry Czerny, playing the role of Dr. Sheppard's son trying to vindicate his father's memory, played also a terrific role. Very human emotional and inspiring story about father and son relationship among tragedy. The plot and direction couldn't be better.


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