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updated 01/18/1993 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 01/18/1993 AT 01:00 AM EST
Amy Fisher: My Story (NBC). In this one, based in part on Fisher's version and the paperback Lethal Lolita, Buttafuoco (Ed Marinaro) is a cad who seduces Fisher (Noelle Parker), gives her herpes, pushes her to work as a call girl ("You just don't kiss them," he tells her) and is receptive to the idea of her shooting his wife ("You would do that for me?"). The film also implies that Fisher was an incest victim. It received a 19.1 Nielsen rating. (Each rating point represents 931,000 TV homes.)
Casualties of Love: The "Long Island Lolita" Story (CBS). Here Buttafuoco (Jack Scalia) is a devoted family man and Fisher (Alyssa Milano) is a kook from a kooky family. He never touches her, just indulges in some harmless flirtation because he wants to keep her as a customer. She fantasizes a relationship. The attack is portrayed as cold-blooded, with Fisher in a deliberate two-handed shooter's stance. The film, for which the Buttafuocos received a reported $300,000, earned a 14.3 rating.
The Amy Fisher Story (ABC). The most cinematic of the three—based on a variety of published accounts—this entry focuses more on the crime's aftermath and the effort of a New York City tabloid newspaper reporter to follow the story. The versions of both principals are dramatized, but the movie comes down heavily on the side of yes—Fisher (Drew Barrymore) and Buttafuoco (Anthony John Denison) did have hot sex. The film's 19.5 rating makes it the top TV movie of the season to date.
Best Casting: NBC. Marinaro and Parker are the only pair who look remotely like the actual participants. Best Performance: Barrymore, who memorably conveys what it's like to wander through the teenage wasteland without a compass. Best Lines: Fisher on NBC: "He loves me, we have great sex, and he fixes my car." Fisher on ABC: "If it wasn't for his wife, we'd definitely be going to the prom together."
Not one of these widely divergent films establishes a clear motive for Fisher's act of violence. (Last month the real Amy Fisher was sentenced to 5 to 15 years after pleading guilty to assault in the first degree.) That leaves us with one senseless crime and three largely senseless movies.