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In the Custody of Strangers (1982)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  26 May 1982 (USA)
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A teenage delinquent who goes on a drunken joyride is left in jail overnight by his parents in the hope that he might learn a lesson from it. But events follow which result in the boy ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Caldwell
Sandy Caldwell
Danny Caldwell
Albert C. Caruso
Judge Halloran
Mike Raines
Virginia Kiser ...
Dr. Forman
John Hancock ...
Judge Bennett
Big Faye
Andy Barnes
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A teenage delinquent who goes on a drunken joyride is left in jail overnight by his parents in the hope that he might learn a lesson from it. But events follow which result in the boy spending far longer behind bars than anyone had foreseen. Written by scgary66

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His crime was a minor one. His sentence was a nightmare. [Video]




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Danny Caldwell: [after the stolen radio incident] Yeah, yeah.
Frank Caldwell: Don't you "Yeah, yeah" me!
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Overall, better than expected, but main character lacked believability.
6 August 2013 | by (Seattle, WA) – See all my reviews

Falling right in line with the others that have reviewed this TV-movie, I would agree that it contained fine performances by M. Sheen, and most of the principles. The script was also decent- not great but decent.

My biggest complaint is with the way Danny's character was portrayed. I get it- a good kid/bad kid. It's just that Emelio Estivez didn't sell me that he was either a bad kid nor a damaged kid from the jail time. Eyes rolling over his "crime scene" and his final scene. I don't blame the actor- I blame the director; either way, he seemed like a caricature.

Still, a modest recommendation.

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