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Circle of Violence: A Family Drama (1986)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  12 October 1986 (USA)
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Georgia Benfield is at a difficult place in her life; her husband, Pete has left her for a younger woman, her teenage son, Chris is unmanageable, and she's struggling financially when her ... See full summary »

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Georgia Benfield
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Charlotte Kessling
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Philip Sterling ...
Jim McLane
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Florence McLane
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Marion
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Dr. Kalmeir
Christina Maria Hutter ...
Addie
Bradley Lieberman ...
Mark
Jeanne Dougherty ...
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Woman Singer
Adele Gilbert ...
Mrs. Edwards
Jamie Jamison ...
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Georgia Benfield is at a difficult place in her life; her husband, Pete has left her for a younger woman, her teenage son, Chris is unmanageable, and she's struggling financially when her widowed mother, Charlotte moves in. Amid juggling a new full-time job, raising two children, and her failing marriage, the constant bickering between mother and daughter continues as it has ever since Georgia was a child. Finally, at her wit's end, Georgia loses control and begins physically abusing her elderly mother, just as Georgia had been abused herself as a child. As family and friends slowly begin to learn of the abuse, and long buried family secrets come to light, both mother and daughter must learn to accept the past, to change what is happening at present, in order to face a better future. Written by Polly_Kat

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This is an interesting film....
23 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

not often shown on TV, but worth purchasing on DVD. Tuesday Weld portrays a harried, divorced mother, who is also a caretaker for her aging mother. Her cantankerous mother is well portrayed by veteran actress Geraldine Fitzgerald.

Weld finds herself losing her patience, trying to work and take care of her son, and also deal with her mother's medical and emotional needs. This is a real issue in today's families, with exorbitant medical care in the U.S. forcing people to care for their elderly and infirm parents, who sometimes require 24 hour supervision.

I have noticed this topic is not often addressed, and this is one of the few films showing the stark realities, the difficult choices, and the strain on the family. There was also a film "Dad" which starred Ted Danson and Jack Lemmon, addressing this issue from the son's viewpoint. A difficult subject, but well-presented in both films. 9/10


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