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Under the Influence (1986)

Noah Talbot is a long-time alcoholic whose drinking begins to have a devastating effect not only on his personal life but on his family as well.

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Noah Talbot
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Ann Talbot Simpson
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Stephen Talbot
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Eddie Talbot
Dana Andersen ...
Terri Talbot
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John Simpson
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Cade
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Dr. Duran
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Eve
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Helen Talbot
Eve Smith ...
Mrs. Clark
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Ms. Morgan
Danae Torn ...
Floozie Girl
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Miss Seaver
John Zarchen ...
Boy in Bar
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A hard-drinking family man has been successful in his business despite his alcoholism. His daughter, a professional, struggles to meet her father's high expectations while she becomes addicted to prescription drugs; his son, who works for him and who serves as both his whipping boy and his drinking buddy, is becoming an alcoholic like his dad. Then the father's drinking finally takes its toll on his health, and he demands that his son bring him liquor in the hospital as his son's life, and his daughter's, fall apart at home. Written by Morganalee

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grim and compelling
29 October 2002 | by See all my reviews

This fine film features one of Keanu Reeves first performances. Who would have guessed he would have become such a big star at the time this film came out. Griffith is compelling as Noah a long time alcoholic with a long suffering family. His wife basically closes her eyes and denies everything, one of his son's runs away and becomes a comedian joking about his dysfunctional family, his daughters become suicidal and his son is an alcoholic to. This isn't a happy bunch by any means, but this film delivers a powerful message about alcoholism and its effect on a family. Its gritty, unsentimental and pulls no punches. Next to Murder In Coweta County, I think this is Andy's most chilling performance. He definitely doesn't play the sheriff from Mayberry here.


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