When the Bough Breaks (1994)

R  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  7 May 1994 (South Korea)
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On July, 4th in Houston, a teenager finds a human hand in the sewer. Captain Swaggert is investigating the discovery of seven hands over several years, each one precisely severed and with a... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Special Investigator Audrey Macleah
Captain Swaggert
Jordan Thomas / Jennifer Lynn Eben
Sergeant Footman
John P. Connolly ...
Sergeant Belvin
Dick Welsbacher ...
Coroner Vince Hess
James Medina ...
Sergeant Delarand (as Jimmy Medina)
Ron Recasner ...
Dr. Singer
Howard Speckett
Detective Sam
Michael Raysses ...
Sonar Technician


On July, 4th in Houston, a teenager finds a human hand in the sewer. Captain Swaggert is investigating the discovery of seven hands over several years, each one precisely severed and with a number tattooed on the palm, but as yet has no leads. The highly qualified Special Investigator, Audrey Macleah, is assigned to join the team and give support to the investigation. When the police department receives a call from a medical doctor in an institution, Audrey visits him. There, the doctor introduces the autistic boy Jordan Thomas to her, disclosing seven hands that the boy had drawn on the wall. Audrey dedicates her attention to Jordan and discovers that he is connected to the serial-killer. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Can a child's telepathic mind help find a serial killer?


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7 May 1994 (South Korea)  »

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Tara Subkoff's debut role. See more »


Audrey Macleah: Fuck you!
Dr. Douglas Eben: That's not what I had in mind.
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Followed by Perfect Prey (1998) See more »


Performed by Brave Combo
Courtesy of Rounder Records
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A surprisingly good thriller
14 June 2003 | by (Berkshire, England) – See all my reviews

I have to thank the 'Further Attractions' trailer section on my American Yakuza DVD for finding this gem. My expectations weren't exactly high when I hit the play button but I was utterly hooked from the movie's start (when a young couple make a gruesome discovery) up until its nail biting finale. With an engaging story line, stylish and assured directing and writing, photography and music that perfectly blends with the mood of the story and good performances from all the cast I found this film an uncomfortable pleasure to watch. I'm not one that's easily scared but I can tell you my was heart pounding during the final 15 minutes of the film. If you enjoy a good thriller I would highly recommend buying the DVD... NOW!

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Good start, little substance, terrible ending orumph
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