Vision of Murder

Theatrical Release: February 9, 2000


Inspired by actual events, the story revolves around a woman who possesses a harrowing psychic gift and her struggle to live with her ability and create a normal life for herself and her daughter.
Melissa Gilbert plays Donielle, the woman terrorized by her psychic abilities, which cause her to envision violent crimes before they happen. She discovered her distinctive “gift” as an 8-year-old, and it ultimately destroyed her relationship with her mother. It now threatens to come between her and her daughter, Rachel (Shauna Kain).
After Donielle and Rachel relocate to a sleepy town, the mother takes a job waiting tables at a local bar. At the bar, Donielle immediately meets a local named Doug Brister (Thomas Ian Griffith). On the surface, Doug appears to be friendly and genuinely interested in Donielle. However, shortly after meeting him she begins to experience crippling visions of gruesome murders plaguing her town. Her visions start to get clearer until Donielle eventually discovers that Doug is the murderer. But the police are dubious of a waitress who sees visions. First airs on CBS 2/9/00 (9:00-11:00 pm, ET/PT).

Dove Review

We do approve this film due to its lack of graphic brutality and due to the nurturing aspect of Donielle for her daughter. We do suggest caution, however. Like “Rear Window” and other well-made thrillers, this is an edge-of-your-seat mystery. Well acted by Ms. Gilbert, it is, however, a film dealing with a serial killer. You should decide if the intense suspense is appropriate for you and children over twelve. This is a difficult genre for us when it comes to recommending. Keeping in mind Philippians 4:8, we believe movie viewers should dwell on subject matter that is uplifting. Is a film about a murderer uplifting? That subject is not. On the other hand, a woman struggling to raise a pre-teen daughter on her own with love, patience and understanding is material many people can either relate to or learn from. Please know that we are attempting only to recommend movies that teach positive messages and entertain without abusive material.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: None
Language: None
Violence: None
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: None


Company: CBS
Director: Donald Wrye
Genre: Suspense
Runtime: 120 min.
Starring: Melissa Gilbert, Maria Conchita Alonso, Thomas Ian Griffith, Rip Torn.
Reviewer: Phil Boatwright