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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
Thom Bray
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: [shaking keys] You can't get in without these
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Very entertaining
6 March 2002 | by (New England) – See all my reviews

Very well-done TV movie. I've always been a fan of Jobeth Williams, and she didn't disappoint here. I really didn't know whodunit until I was supposed to, which is rare in this genre of story. Darin McGavin was perfect, as was Tom Skerrit. This was also, I believe, the first major role for 9-year-old Elijah Wood, and it's a foreshadowing of the kind of talent that he is. Even at this age, he shows his moxy. I'd recommend this to anyone.


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