D.C. Sniper: 23 Days of Fear

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D.C. Sniper: 23 Days of Fear
USA Network promotional image for the D.C. Sniper: 23 Days of Fear T.V. movie based on the sniper attacks
Written byDave Erickson
Directed byTom McLoughlin
StarringCharles S. Dutton
Jay O. Sanders
Bobby Hosea
Trent Cameron
Helen Shaver
Theme music composerMark Snow
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)Orly Adelson
Jonathan Eskenas
Tracey Jeffrey
CinematographyMark Wareham
Editor(s)Charles Bornstein
Running time85 minutes
Production company(s)Orly Adelson Productions
USA Cable Entertainment
Original networkUSA Network
Original release
  • October 17, 2003 (2003-10-17) (United States)

D.C. Sniper: 23 Days of Fear (also known as Sniper: 23 Days of Fear in Washington D.C.) is a 2003 TV movie created by USA Network based on the Beltway sniper attacks of 2002.

The films chronicles the period when John Allen Muhammad (played by Bobby Hosea) and Lee Boyd Malvo (played by Trent Cameron) went on a serial killing spree in October 2002 in Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland, all parts of the Washington Metropolitan Area, the entire area of which was held in a "grip of terror."[1]


In October 2002, Chief Charles Moose (played by Charles S. Dutton) of the Montgomery County Police Department, heads an effort to track down those responsible for a recent string of murders in Montgomery County, Maryland.[2]

Unable to give anything but small pieces of information at various press conferences held during the 23 dark days, Moose finds himself vilified and derided in many corners as ineffectual and incompetent. Indeed, quite a few newspapers outside the area targeted by snipers came right out and called for Moose's resignation. But the chief's dogged persistence ultimately paid off and — in the sort of twist that a professional writer of thrillers might dismiss as inconceivable — the two men arrested for the carnage turned out to be the archetypal "least likely suspects."[2]


D.C. Sniper: 23 Days of Fear originally aired on the USA Network on October 17, 2003, just as John Allen Muhammad and John Lee Malvo's murder trials were getting underway.


  1. ^ Laura Fries (October 15, 2003). "D.C. Sniper: 23 Days of Fear". Variety. Retrieved 26 March 2012.
  2. ^ a b "D.C. Sniper: 23 Days of Fear (2003)". The New York Times. March 26, 2012. Retrieved 26 March 2012.

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