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Writer (WGA):
James Duff (written by)
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Release Date:
16 March 1992 (USA) See more »
Absent father, alcoholic brother Tim try to cope with life. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. See more »
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Directed by
Ken Olin 
Writing credits
James Duff (written by)

Produced by
Paul Lussier .... producer
Gina Scheerer .... supervising producer
Original Music by
Laura Karpman 
Cinematography by
Bing Sokolsky 
Film Editing by
Elba Sanchez-Short 
Casting by
Melissa Skoff 
Production Design by
Diane Hughes 
Phillip Vasels 
Set Decoration by
Lauren Gabor 
Costume Design by
Sanja Milkovic Hays 
Makeup Department
Andre Blaise .... hair stylist
Michele Bloom .... assistant hair stylist
Belinda Bryant .... makeup supervisor
Linda Hardy .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Jonathan Bernstein .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
W. Alexander Ellis .... second second assistant director
Gere LaDue .... second assistant director
Jack Philbrick .... first assistant director
Art Department
Scott Ambrose .... property master
Deborah Cottrill .... assistant props
Julia Crane .... set dresser
Steven Seine .... lead person
John Stone .... construction foreman
Jack White .... food stylist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Robert J. Anderson Jr. .... production sound mixer (as Bob Anderson)
Paul Berolzheimer .... sound effects editor
Tim Chilton .... foley artist
Louis Creveling .... dialogue editor
Dennis Fuller .... boom operator
Patrick Giraudi .... dialogue editor
David Grant .... dialogue editor
Scott A. Jennings .... sound effects editor
Derek Marcil .... adr mixer
Beau Maxwell .... foley recordist
Debbie Melford .... adr editor
John Ross .... sound re-recording mixer
Joshua E. Schneider .... adr recordist
Ben Jensen .... stunts
Gary Jensen .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Bob Ahrens .... best boy electric
Billy Bosson .... grip
David Boyd .... camera operator: "a" camera
Stephen 'Buster' Cooey .... electrician
Amy C. Halpern .... electrician
Lee Jimenez .... grip (as Lee Jiminez)
Mike Jiminez .... dolly grip
Steve Kempton .... electrician
Mark Meyers .... best boy grip
Jonathan K.E. Norton .... grip
Kari Romeo .... camera production assistant
Christopher A. Schenck .... first assistant camera
Larry Sweet .... key grip
Mike Weathers .... gaffer
Harry Zimmerman .... second assistant camera
Casting Department
Darlene Honeycutt .... casting administrator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Christi Work .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Tom Overton .... color timer
Jim Post .... assistant editor
Music Department
Dino A. Moriana .... music editor
Transportation Department
Billy Colbert .... driver: camera truck
Michael Merrick .... driver captain
Shane Summers .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Michael Cain .... assistant location manager
Bundy Chanock .... set medic
Robert Earl Craft .... location manager
Tracy DeFreitas .... production secretary
Joseph A. DiPasquale .... assistant: Mr. Lussier and Mr. Olin (as Joe DiPasquale)
Suzy Gilbert .... set production assistant
Joe Heniff .... production assistant
Krista Larson .... production accountant
Ken Mahlab .... assistant production coordinator
Stacy Mogensen .... assistant production accountant
Andrea Nachman .... production coordinator
Mary Pickert .... production assistant
David Racs .... first aid
Howard Rubin .... production assistant
Anthony Santavenere .... craft service
Karen Vaughan .... script supervisor

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Also Known As:
"Faces in the Mirror" - USA (bootleg title)
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92 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

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Features an early, dramatic role by Jim Carrey.See more »
Tom:How does it feel, Captain?
Phil Carter:What?
Tom:How does it feel to almost lose your child? How bad does it feel?
Phil Carter:I don't know what gotten into you, Tom, but I don't think this is none of your concern.
Tom:I'm sorry, Phil, I'm 32 years old and you don't get to decide what concerns me. See, your standard of conduct might be the sufficient reason to lose your child, but I have to draw the line when it comes to losing mine.
Phil Carter:What children? You don't have any children.
Tom:No, I don't. I don't have any children. I don't have children, because my wife would rather have an abortion without telling me - without even telling me that she's pregnant - rather than risk upsetting you by having a baby at the wrong time. You have a son who drinks himself into a stupor every night...
Tim Carter:[embarrassed by this] Oh, God, Tom!'ve got a daughter who's ashamed of her husband...
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Wonderful Family Values, 14 October 2008
Author: Lechuguilla from Dallas, Texas

At first, the characters in this family melodrama all seem so ordinary and well adjusted. The dad (James Sikking) is financially successful, competitive, and something of a perfectionist. Mom (Bibi Besch) is motherly and traditional. One son is getting married. The other son has just a slight fondness for alcohol. And the daughter and her husband have returned for a pleasant visit, and to attend the family wedding. Our ideal family lives in a two-story house with manicured lawn on Maple Drive. As in the 1950's sitcom "Leave It To Beaver", all is peaches and cream, comfy and cozy, a household that is the very archetype of American family values.

But viewers are alerted to the shallowness of this overall image when the story's POV character tells another character: "See, he just has to be perfect. And if he isn't perfect, just keep it to yourself because I don't think anybody in this family wants to know". As secrets and anger surface, verbal conflict builds. And by the film's end, all these people are revealed to be complex, flawed, vulnerable, and hurting.

"Doing Time On Maple Drive" gets off to a slow start. I think the script setup might be a tad too long. And the writers could have been a little clearer about who is related to whom. Other than that, the script is well written and highly thematic. With rich characterization, the story conveys a realistic view of contemporary America, with its penchant for shallow idealism that overlays deep social and psychological turmoil. Although the dialogue seems a bit dated, it nevertheless has some good subtext.

Overall acting is quite impressive. I couldn't find any weak performances. It's nice to see Jim Carrey play a serious role; I wish he would do more drama. The film's color cinematography is adequate.

I have two complaints. First, the score consists of dreary, nondescript elevator music; second, sets seem cheap. However, this is after all a made-for-TV movie; visual breaks show where the commercials were inserted. And I can imagine that the budget here was fairly low.

But the film's strength is its script. "Doing Time On Maple Drive" is a poignant story that has genuine thematic depth. For what director Ken Olin set out to do, I think he succeeded quite well. Although there have been more recent films dealing with the same general topic, the high quality of this film makes it worth watching.

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