Child in the Night (1990)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Thriller  |  1 May 1990 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Hollis
Bobby (as Michael Pniewski)
Tim Choate ...
Thom Bray
John Procaccino
Os Winfield
Stephen Godwin ...
Scott Winfield
Karen Trumbo ...
Julia Fiori
Dr. Wendt
Laura Langwell ...
Sharon O'Bannon
Don Hohenstein ...
Jackie's Date
J.R. Knotts ...
Ivan Decker


A child psychologist, Hollis who's marriage collapsed after she learned she was barren, bonds with Luke Winfield, who witnessed his father's murder at the hands of rain-slicker wearing killer with a cargo hook. Along the way she befriends Detective Bass as he investigates a series of homicides, each with the same M.O. As Hollis gets closer to Luke she discovers some trouble family secrets ensuring she is next to be slain. Written by ???

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


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1 May 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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 »


Luke: [Crying] Captain Hook killed my father
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Cheesy TV Movie
28 August 2004 | by (2 hours north of Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

I nearly enjoyed this movie until the very end for what it was-a TV movie on a late Friday night on Lifetime Movies. Great performances all around, and Elijah Wood a standout. I love JoBeth Williams and Tom Skerritt in these type of roles in general.

Then the ending came. It was so far out there that it ruined the entire film for me. Considering how suspenseful it had been until now, that says a lot about the ending. It just appeared fake.

The only way to describe the weird ending is that it seems the CryptKeeper suddenly appears and does his thing to this normal cast. If you see it, you will understand what I mean.

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