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Gone in the Night (1996)





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Were it not based on a true story, this two-part TV movie could well have been dismissed as a grotesque nightmare. The story begins in 1988, when the Chicago home of Cindi and David Dowaliby (Shannen Doherty, Kevin Dillon) is invaded by person or persons unknown, who kidnap and murder their daughter Jacklyn while the couple sleeps. Once the crime is reported, the grief-stricken Dowalibys find themselves accused of their daughter's murder. The authorities are cruel and relentless, public opinion is hostile, the media is doggedly one-sided, and the family's very expensive lawyers more interested in their fee than in justice. Ultimately, Cindi is "cleared", but David is sentenced to a 45-year prison term--and both the couple's surviving child and Cindi's newborn baby are taken away from them. The rest of the film concerns Cindi's tireless and apparently futile battle to win back her children, secure her husband's release and restore the family's mud-splattered reputation. Originally telecast by CBS on February 25 and 27, 1996, Gone in the Night may indeed end on a small note of triumph, but by no means is the tragic situation completely resolved. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Shannen Doherty
as Cyndi Dowaliby
Ellen Dubin
as Mary Ann Brown
Kevin Dillon
as David Dowaliby
Edward Asner
as John Waters
Dixie Carter
as Ann Dowaliby
John Finn
as Gerry Harbin
James Handy
as Andy Litton
Timothy Carhart
as Paul Hogan
Michael Brandon
as David Protess
Michael Harney
as Richard Daley Jr.
Kip Niven
as Capt. Peck
Connie Ramos
as Rose Medema
Laura Marr
as Kate Bonham
Billy Burke
as Rob Kinney
Jeanne Averill
as Debbie Sanborn
Walter Coppage
as Hugh Gordon
Trina Creighton
as Kristi Carter
John Durbin
as Psychic
Sally Louella Eaton
as Bennie Kinney
Harry Gibbs
as Judge Smierciak
Larry Greer
as Jim DiMaggio
Barbara Houston
as Mary Malia
Greg Kean
as Gene O'Connor
Joel Knutson
as Justice Rizzi
Betty Laird
as Charlotte Waters
Lorie Obradovich
as Naomi Ross
C. Wayne Owens
as Mitch Howard
Kyla Pratt
as Kate's Daughter
Abby Sullivan
as Susan Nason
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