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Child in the Night (1990)

A psychologist treats an 8 year old boy who witnessed his father's murder but the child blocks out details that could help the police.

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Dr. Hollis
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Bass
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Valerie
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Bobby (as Michael Pniewski)
Tim Choate ...
Curt
John Procaccino
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Luke
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Os Winfield
Stephen Godwin ...
Scott Winfield
Karen Trumbo ...
Julia Fiori
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Dr. Wendt
Laura Langwell ...
Sharon O'Bannon
Don Hohenstein ...
Jackie's Date
J.R. Knotts ...
Ivan Decker
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The eight year-old boy Luke goes with his father to his company and witnesses his murder by a man with a hook. Detective T. Bassis in charge of the investigation and summons Dr. Hollis to help him assisting the boy trying to get the identity of the killer. However, the boy fantasizes the murderer as the Captain Hook, in a escapism from the traumatic reality. Dr. Hollis gets closes to Luke and has an affair with Bass while he investigates the crime. They find that Luke's family is dysfunctional and there is a dispute among the friends of his father. But soon the killer attacks again and there are many suspects. Who might be the killer? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The secret of a grisly murder, locked in a child's mind.


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1 May 1990 (USA)  »

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Dziecko w mroku  »

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JoBeth Williams and Tom Skerritt are the "Poltergeist" team, Williams having appeared in the first two Poltergeist films, Skerritt in the third. See more »

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Os Winfield: Your daddy stole too... he stole all this from me
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Great movie, great actors, great story line!!!
27 December 1998 | by (Canberra - Australia) – See all my reviews

I first saw this film when I was 14 yrs/o and from that day on I had decided what I was going to do with my life...Psychology. I am now 18 and I have applied to do Psychology at University - my career preference has not changed! I am not sure as to why I feel so strongly about Psychology since I viewed "Child in the Night" 4 yrs ago - maybe it was the actress who portrayed the character Jackie Hollis (JoBeth Williams) or maybe it was just the way her work was shown throughout the movie but the movie has been a real eye opener for me and I am very grateful for that. I believe that it is one of the most thrilling, well made movies of its time, with a wonderful cast, JoBeth Williams was fantastic and great a storyline, 'Child in the Night' is one of my favourite movies! Thank you for letting me share my thoughts........


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