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The Stepfather (1987)

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After murdering his entire family, a man remarries a widow with a teenage daughter in another town and prepares to do it all over again.

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Stephanie
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Dr. Bondurant
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Jim Ogilvie
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Al Brennan
Robyn Stevan ...
Karen
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Paul Baker
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Art Teacher
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Mrs. Leitner
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Annie Barnes
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Lt. Jack Wall
Jackson Davies ...
Mr. Chesterton
Sandra Head ...
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Dorothy Rinehard
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Storyline

A family-values man named Jerry Blake marries widows and divorcées with children in search of the perfect family. As soon as his new family members show signs of being human and not robots who will march unquestioningly to his tune, his dreams of domestic bliss begin to crumble, and he kills them. Then he alters his appearance, assumes a new identity, and skips to another town to begin the deadly ritual all over again. He marries Susan Maine, who sees him as the ideal surrogate father for her teenage daughter Stephanie, and he is soon up to his old tricks when she proves to be too much of a troublesome teen to handle. Written by alfiehitchie

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He wanted a perfect family in a perfect town. But they couldn't measure up.. neither could the others. See more »

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16 November 1987 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Stepfather I  »

Box Office

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$2,488,740 (USA)
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Trivia

This film was shot in 40 days. See more »

Goofs

When Jerry changes identities on the ferry, he removes a front piece toupee to reveal thinning hair. However, when - as Bill - he applies for the insurance job, the hairline had receded even further. See more »

Quotes

Jerry Blake: Pumpkin!
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Connections

Remade as The Stepfather (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Gwine to Rune All Night (De Camptown Races)
(1850) (uncredited)
Music by Stephen Foster
Whistled by Terry O'Quinn three times
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Based on a true story
10 September 2004 | by (saugus) – See all my reviews

This movie was based on a true story. Back in the 1950's a man named John List murdered his wife and kids and married into another family with no father and he was eventually caught. This movie is on a similar basis. This has to one of the best films of the 1980's. Terry O'Quinn is absolutely brilliant as the psychotic stepfather, in other movies you wouldn't think of him as a psychopath like that. Shelley Hack was a bad choice for the wife, the role was unfit for her, in my opinion they should of gotten somebody more dramatic (you choose who), and Jill Schoelen was superb as the daughter, possibly her best film, she played the role as if she lived it before. Charles Lanyer as the psychiatrist was an absolute bore, he should have played the reporter. Stephen Shellen was good as the vengeful brother in law and finally Blu Mankuma as the cop (so what else is knew) seemed like he didn't care about the case. If you want to see a great thriller based on an actual story watch this. I give this 10 out of 10


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