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2 May 1992 (USA) See more »
Gillian Anderson In Her First And Most Revealing Role See more »
A white supremacist returns to his hometown for the first time in years to try and save his parents' relationship. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Karen Allen ... Glory Lawson

Raymond J. Barry ... Mark Harnish
Michael Dolan ... Clifford Harnish

Tess Harper ... Martha Harnish

Gillian Anderson ... April Cavanaugh
Jim Simmons ... Mayor
Madison Arnold ... Mr. Cavanaugh

Tannis Benedict ... Vivian Sinott
John Newton ... Mr. Creasy
William B. O'Boyle ... Pete Tarosky (as Bill O'Boyle)
Murphy Larson ... Rita Smithson
Michael P. Moran ... Jim McCutcheon
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tom Trigo ... Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)

Directed by
L.A. Puopolo 
Writing credits
L.A. Puopolo (screenplay) &
Chris Ceraso (screenplay)

Chris Ceraso (play "Home Fires Burning")

Produced by
Matthew Carlisle .... associate producer
William B. O'Boyle .... producer
L.A. Puopolo .... producer
Chrisann Verges .... line producer
Original Music by
Herb Pilhofer 
Cinematography by
J. Michael McClary (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Lesley Topping 
Casting by
Deborah Brown 
Production Design by
Mike Moran 
Art Direction by
Gary Levinson 
Set Decoration by
Jennifer Baker 
Costume Design by
Natasha Landau 
Makeup Department
McKinley Kirby .... hair stylist
McKinley Kirby .... makeup artist
Production Management
Matthew Carlisle .... unit production manager
Murphy Larson .... associate post-production supervisor
Tom Trigo .... unit manager (as Tomas Trigo)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Matthew Carlisle .... first assistant director
William B. O'Boyle .... second unit director
Louis Puopolo .... second assistant director (as Louis A. Puopolo II)
Art Department
Keith Crossley .... storyboard artist
Steve George .... assistant set decorator
Sound Department
Joshua Clark .... apprentice sound editor
Elliot Deitch .... supervising sound editor
George A. Lara .... foley engineer (as George Lara)
Terrance Laudermilch .... foley engineer (as Terry Laudermilch)
Kevin Lee .... sound editor
Michael Shore .... sound editor
Zeborah Tidwell .... assistant sound editor
Kevin M. Tromer .... boom operator (as Kevin Tromer)
Michael R. Tromer .... sound mixer (as Mike Tromer)
Brian Vancho .... foley artist (as Brian Vancha)
Steven Visscher .... sound editor
Peter Waggoner .... re-recording mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Ed Burcham .... electrician (as Eddie Burcham)
Kenny Byrnes .... electrician
E. Wes Dempster .... dolly grip (as Wes Dempster)
Phil Dorman .... electrician
Andrew Hallbach .... assistant camera
Tommy Hensley .... grip
Billy MacTavish .... best boy grip (as Billy Mactavish)
Peter Mercurio .... camera operator
Ron Phillips .... still photographer
Bob Reichmann .... key grip
Spider Spain .... best boy
Eddie Stevens .... generator operator
Eddie Stevens .... swing grip
John Michael Taylor .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lou Stoker .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Earl Dittebrandt .... assistant editor
Mark Ginsberg .... color timer
Aura Truslow .... apprentice editor
Location Management
Tom Trigo .... location manager
Music Department
Eric Pilhofer .... music mixer
Eric Pilhofer .... music recordist
Other crew
Jamie Ader-Brown .... marketing consultant
Jamie Ader-Brown .... unit publicist
Maria Arago .... assistant: Mr. Puopolo
Dean Bailey .... production assistant
Kes Blackwell .... disc jockey
Mitchell Cannon .... craft service
Matthew Grant .... key production assistant
Murphy Larson .... production accountant
Michael Long .... caterer
J. Louis .... caterer
Dan Malone .... production assistant
Patrick Paine .... production assistant
Pete Pardue .... security officer
Christian Puopolo .... production assistant
Wendy Lee Roberts .... script supervisor
Teresa Ruble .... production secretary
Ira Schreck .... legal service
John Sloss .... legal service
Jayson Taylor .... production assistant
Nina Tisch .... assistant: Mr. O'Boyle
Aura Truslow .... production assistant
Janice Wilde .... production coordinator
Darrell Bailey .... thanks (as Chief of Police Darrell Bailey)
Bill Butler .... thanks
Rita D. McClenny .... thanks: Virginia Film Office (as Rita McClenny, Associate Director)
Walter Moore .... thanks (as Councilman Walter Moore)
Laura Oaksmith .... thanks: Director, Virginia Film Office (as Laura Oaksmith)
Jim Simmons .... thanks (as Mayor Jim Simmons)
Early Smith .... thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for some terror and language, and for a scene of sexuality.
91 min
Color (Technicolor)
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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
The Turning...OFF, 12 January 2002
Author: darrylb500 from Houston

Ho ho ho! Ho ho ho! Ho ho...ho HUM.

No, this movie doesn't have anything to do with Christmas; however, I am currently writing this just fresh from the holidays (are those New Year's resolutions forgotten already?), and it was pretty much the Scrooge of my Christmas week, which is when I rented it, unfortunately.

Yes, Gillian Anderson has her infamous/famous (?) topless scene. Yes, this is probably a five day rental at your local Blockbuster. And yes, you'll probably need the whole five days to watch it; one of those "half an hour at a time" movies.

Actually, it's not THAT bad, but it's not that good, either. It could've made a decent drama...MAYBE.

The problem is, it takes place in a small town, where it's typical that nothing happens there...which goes for this movie as well. After being gone for several years, a local finally returns to his mother due to an unsettling incident.

There. That's the plot, pretty much. So as you can see, it's no big deal pretty much just to start a lot of the mother/son dialog is one to roll your eyes over, and I feel sorry for Karen Allen for being in this. She can actually act, but never became a huge star, as she either has had roles here and there over the years or she's been in a lot of films that didn't make it, like when Brenden Fraser was starting to make his splash in the goofy Encino Man, yet that was already about his 30th movie at the time, and then he got huge with George of the Jungle and the two recent Mummy movies. I hope Allen doesn't have to do any other films like this, but then again, this was made 10 years ago, and I've seen in her Law and Order in the last year or two, so hang in there girl!

About all that had going for this movie (somewhat) was her brightening it up (a tiny bit) by being a part of the sub-plot as a local real estate agent. She's the girlfriend of the returning wanderer's father, and that was The Reason the wandering bum came home: he thinks his wrongdoings from the past can keep his parents from splitting.

Puh-LEAZE! In real life, whenever I hear of an amateur and/or stupid criminals-type bit on the news, most of the time I mumble to myself "probably some dumb kids"...but then sometimes I catch myself and remember when <<I>> was a teenager and hated it whenever people said that about MY type. Sometimes we don't give kids the credit they deserve; in general, they're not that bad.

Six year olds also don't understand why their parents are getting divorced; they think mommy and daddy are separating because of something they did. But if it's explained to them they'll understand in time.

This is one of the problems I had with this movie: this guy is in his, what, 20s or 30s, and he's so brain-dead he can't figure THIS out?! I mean, in a way, I suppose it's kind of sweet, but here it was so unrealistically dumb I didn't buy it.

His mom as an alcoholic, chain-smoking part-time writer was kind of interesting, and yes, Anderson has her topless scene, yes, it's nice, no, it's not for very long, and no, you don't even get to see it all. So if that's the only reason to check out this movie, fast forward it to the 50 or 60 minute mark and skip the rest.

After all, I meant to rent another movie that I hadn't really heard of, with "actresses" I never heard of, but they're showing skin on the chances are it's a bad movie but with a lot of nudity. Occasionally I rent one of those (I'm a GUY, ok?), but the movie wasn't there. Oh well.

Oh, and what was the Recommendation here? Maybe it was left blank, meaning ANYTHING'S better than this.

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