Amy Fisher on TV
Decisions, decisions. Soon, viewers can watch not one, not two, but three different TV movies based on the life of the infamous Amy Fisher, the Long Island teen who received a 5- to 15-year sentence this month for the attempted murder last May of Mary Jo Buttafuoco, the wife of her alleged lover. Which Fisher film to choose? Check out the chart below for help.
TREACHERY IN THE SUBURBS: THE AMY FISHER STORY (NBC)
Cast: Noelle Parker (Look Who’s Talking, Too) as Amy, Ed Marinaro (Sisters) as her alleged lover, Joey Buttafuoco, and Kathleen Laskey as Mary Jo.
Point of View: Strictly Amy’s; NBC bought the rights to her story.
Reason to Watch:”We talked to Amy,” says executive producer Michael Jaffe. ”We talked to her mother. We talked to her attorneys. We’re telling her side of the story.”
BEYOND CONTROL: THE AMY FISHER STORY
Cast: Drew Barrymore as Amy, Anthony John Denison (Crime Story) as Joey, Laurie Paton (Diamonds) as Mary Jo, and Harley Jane Kozak (Parenthood) as New York Post reporter Amy Pagnozzi.
Point of View: Pagnozzi’s; the film is based on her coverage of the case.
Reason to Watch: ”We’ve got Drew Barrymore,” says executive producer Andrew Adelson. ”She put on a wig and she just became Amy Fisher. She was perfect for the part.”
CASUALTY OF LOVE (CBS)
Cast: Alyssa Milano (Who’s the Boss?) as Amy, Jack Scalia (Tequila and Bonetti) as Joey, and Phyllis Lyons as Mary Jo.
Point of View: The Buttafuocos; the network bought their rights.
Reason to Watch: ”We spent weeks with the Buttafuocos,” says executive producer Diane Sokolow. ”They’ve been on the set. They’ve given us tremendous insights — our movie will have scenes nobody else’s will.”