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Darkness Before Dawn -- As a child Mary Ann Thompson often found herself the object of her abusive father's vicious temper. As a single mother working as a nurse, she doesn't seem to bear the scars of her troubled childhood. Or so it seems. However, the ready supply of drugs at the clinic where she works proves to be the crutch she needs. She begins to seek refuge in drugs and her life quickly spirals downward.


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Writer (WGA):
Karen Hall (written by)
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Release Date:
15 February 1993 (USA) See more »
A family struggles with a daughter's addiction. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Meredith Baxter ... Mary Ann Guard

Stephen Lang ... Guy Grand

Gwynyth Walsh ... Sandra Guard

L. Scott Caldwell
Chelsea Hertford ... Jennifer
Bill Applebaum

Michael Bryan French ... Jack

Lee Tergesen
Natalie West ... Mrs. Guard

Robert Desiderio ... Al Van Petten

Richard Grove ... Father

Alana Austin ... Mary Ann Guard (age 9)

Kirsten Dunst ... Sandra Guard (age 8)
Tim Farrell ... John L.
Matthew Linville ... Daryl

Mary Anne McGarry ... Mrs. Grand
James Dean ... Mr. Conklin

Rusty Schwimmer ... Evelyn
Lora Staley ... Obstetrician
George Solomon ... Nick
David Thompson ... Byron

Maura Soden ... Linda

Art Chudabala ... Kid
Lindsey Ginter ... Detective Bayer

Frank Novak ... Security Guard
Kriss Turner ... Cop

Earl Boen ... Justice of the Peace

Julie Ariola ... Nurse
Eva Bush ... Receptionist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Gerald Berns ... Businessman (uncredited)

Directed by
John Patterson 
Writing credits
Karen Hall (written by)

Produced by
Meredith Baxter .... co-executive producer
Judith A. Polone .... executive producer
Diana Kerew .... supervising producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Peter Manning Robinson 
Cinematography by
Kenneth Zunder 
Film Editing by
Michael D. Ornstein 
Casting by
Wendy Kurtzman 
Production Design by
Dena Roth 
Set Decoration by
Alfred Sole 
Costume Design by
Kathleen Gore-Misko  (as Kathleen Misko)
Makeup Department
Marja Webster .... makeup artist
Production Management
Mel A. Bishop .... production manager
Andrew Stone .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jeff Rafner .... second assistant director
Art Department
Cheri Paul .... property master
Stanford Gilbert .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
John Asman .... sound re-recording engineer (as John B. Asman)
Reginald Dunn .... sound
David E. Fluhr .... sound re-recording engineer
George R. Groves Jr. .... sound re-recording engineer (as George Groves Jr.)
Stephen Grubbs .... supervising sound editor
Russell Nordstedt .... boom operator
David Yaffe .... sound mixer (as David Barr Yaffe)
Camera and Electrical Department
Walt Andrus .... camera operator
Edward C. Peters .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Laura Adler .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Stacey Phelps .... wardrober
Editorial Department
Paul D. Goldman .... post-production director
Mary Prange .... assistant editor
Music Department
Dan Raziel .... music editor
Transportation Department
Jay Kennedy .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Robert L. Dohan .... location manager
Barbara Doyle .... production coordinator (as Barbara Freedman)
Lou Ann Quast .... script supervisor
Margaret Scarpello .... production accountant
RaeAnn Emery .... stand-in: Meredith Baxter (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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USA:120 min (including commercials) | UK:93 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Norway:15 (video rating) | UK:15

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Is based on a true story.See more »
Jennifer:Mommy, look!
Mary Ann Guard:Hmm?
[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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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Fantastic film helps keep on the straight and narrow, 7 December 2004
Author: kjones205 ( from Salem, Virginia

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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