REVIEW: LEGACY OF SIN: THE WILLIAM COIT STORY

CAST
Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother)
Bonnie Bedelia (Die Hard)
Meredith Salenger (Lake Placid)
Jon Pennell (George of The Jungle)
Terry Kiser (Lois & Clark)
Ernie Lively (American Pie 2)
Gary Graham (Alien Nation)
Steven Williams (Jason Goes To Hell)
Plagued throughout his life by fuzzy, disturbing memories, Coloradoan William Coit Jr. (Neil Patrick Harris) realizes that these memories may put a crimp in the happiness of his recent marriage. In his efforts to get at the root of his anxieties, Coit ruminates over his unhappy, unstable childhood — and his much-married mother Jill (Bonnie Bartlett), who, in addition to her other peccadillos, has cheated her children out of their late father’s inheritance. Can it be possible that the wanton Jill actually murdered William’s father? And if so, what horrors are in store for Jill’s brand-new husband.
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After seeing this movie I searched the web to see if the story was true-as I was relatively sure of- because it’s one of those Ripley’s tales that makes you pause and say “That couldn’t have really happened, could it?” Well, it did, and this 95 TV movie depicts all the sordid events in apparently true-to-life detail. The story is told from the perspective of William Coit, the son of a Colorado woman who may or may not be responsible for the death of his father many years earlier. Played very convincingly by Neil Patrick Harris, the son has managed to displace many of his early-life memories, having escaped from the dysfunction and started a seemingly well-adjusted adult life. The “legacy of sin” begins to unravel when he attends his mom’s ninth marriage and that’s when the movie takes off. Well-acted by all involved.