A Family Torn Apart (1993)

TV Movie  |   |  Crime, Drama, Horror  |  21 November 1993 (USA)
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A teenage boy finds his mother and father murdered in their home but as the story goes on he reveals he knows more than he is letting on.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Hannigan
Daniel Hannigan
Maureen Hannigan
Joe Hannigan
Barbara Forester
Det. Stockman
Tim Kelleher ...
Det. Cahill
Ken Pierson
Tom Kelley
Larry Black ...
D.A. Norman Crowley
Liz Kelley
Kathy Larson ...
Lisa Kensington (as Catherine Larson)
Rosemary Newcott ...
Child Services Caseworker
Chris McKenzie ...
Brian - age 6


When young Brian Harrigan's adopted parents are found lying murdered in the basement, it's Brian's adopted brother Daniel that becomes the main suspect, based on the testimony of Brian and Daniel's kid brother Chris. But was it really Daniel he saw? As police investigation makes headway, slowly but surely an abysmal family drama unfolds. Written by sarah

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A must see!
10 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When I was away on business I couldn't help but turn to Lifetime, TV for women and stumble apon this overlooked film. This film is a dramatic masterpeace and should be viewed by all. Neil Patrick Harris delivers a great job in playing a confused youth bent in an uneasy yet dark situation. The story envolves two kids who are victim of strict parents who abuse there kids. The film is very touching and will jerk a few tears. The film touched me in so many ways, my spouse as well. One the most memorable scenes when a Lawyer gives Niel Patrick Harris a cigarrete as he tells his story of darkness, it just great symbol of self destruction, lost and confusions. This film is truly a touching phycological adventure. Please TiVO it next time it comes on Lifetime, TV for women.

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