Amy Fisher Story (1992)
from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)
The American media went on its 1992
feeding frenzy over a sensational shooting in Long Island. A 17 year
old high school student named Amy Fisher knocked on the door of a
suburban home that May and shot the woman who came to the door. The
victim, Mary Jo Buttafuoco, was the wife of the true love of Amy
Fisher's life. The degree of Joey Buttafuoco's involvement in the
story has never been clearly established. Clearly he didn't take any
part in planning or approving of the shooting, but the controversy
centered around whether he had slept with Amy or not. Amy said he did.
Amy said a lot of things, and slept with a lot of men, so he was the
perfect kindling for a media conflagration. The tabloid papers and the
reality shows seemed to talk of nothing else for months. I was living
in Europe at the time, and even I seemed to hear and read of it every
|In December of that year,
all three television networks aired versions of the Amy Fisher story.
NBC ran one with Noelle Parker playing Amy as told in Amy's own words.
CBS ran one with Alyssa Milano as a crazed Amy in Joey Buttafuoco's
version of the story. ABC ran one based upon the coverage of NY Post
writer Amy Pagnozzi, which essentially handled the drama from a
"he said, she said" perspective, pulling the viewer from one
viewpoint to another without a lot of judgment. That allowed the
actors to portray many sides of each character, and Drew Barrymore
somehow managed to rise above the sensationalism to portray Amy as a
complex and credible person.
three close-ups of body parts in a sex scene: a breast, a
butt, and a pubic area. None of them could be clearly
It is probably the best of the
three TV movies, for what that's worth, but the marketing is pure
hokum. The box says "features explicit and uncensored footage not
seen in the original television broadcast. Bonus material: additional
nude scenes within the movie"
This extra material is, in fact, a
damned hot sex scene between Drew and the actor playing Buttafuoco,
while re-enacting Amy's version of the story, but the nudity consists
of very brief looks at extreme close-ups, and those body parts could
belong to just about anybody except Marlon Brando. In the shots where
the audience can clearly identify Barrymore, she has all vital parts
covered. She wears a dress in the scene.
- With their
dollars ... made for broadcast TV
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this
description, this film is a C. It's a watchable TV
movie-of-the-week from 1992.
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