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Darkness Before Dawn (1993)

A family struggles with a daughter's addiction.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mary Ann Guard
Guy Grand
Sandra Guard
Chelsea Hertford ...
Mrs. Guard
Al Van Petten
Mary Ann Guard (age 9)
Sandra Guard (age 8)
Tim Farrell ...
John L.


A family struggles with a daughter's addiction.

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Release Date:

15 February 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alla fine del buio  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Is based on a true story. See more »


Jennifer: Mommy, look!
Mary Ann Guard: Hmm?
Jennifer: Look!
[Mary Ann sees purple lines on Jennifer's arms]
Mary Ann Guard: What's on your arms?
Jennifer: I drew it.
Mary Ann Guard: Why?
Jennifer: I want to be like you and daddy.
Mary Ann Guard: [furiously] You go in the bathroom, and you wash this off - and DON'T YOU EVER do this again! Just go!
[Jennifer runs off sobbing]
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Referenced in Beavis and Butt-Head: For Better or Verse (1993) See more »

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Fantastic film helps keep on the straight and narrow
7 December 2004 | by (Salem, Virginia) – See all my reviews

This is probably my favorite TV movie of all time. Not only does it star my best guy Stephen Lang, but it deals with a subject close to my heart. I was addicted to painkillers (not heroine, thank god) and, although I've been clean for years, watching a movie such as this once in a while, which reminds us of the horrors of drug addiction and withdrawal, keeps me on the right path. Besides that, this movie is well-made, interesting and not your typical "junkie" movie. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in seeing the darker side of what starts out as "fun". Anyone know if this movie can be purchased? I'd like to have a copy other than the one I taped myself. thanks. Kristi

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