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When the Bough Breaks (1994)

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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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Special Investigator Audrey Macleah
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Captain Swaggert
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Jordan Thomas / Jennifer Lynn Eben
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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 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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Audrey Macleah: Well, it seems to me that you don't have a crime scene. And, you don't have any identifiable remains unless you make some assumptions. Now, in order to go forward and profile a suspect, you need a victimology. I mean, without that as a base you really don't have anything, do you?
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MY HEROINE
Written by G. Morrow, E. Tomney, R. Urula, Billy Lee Riley (as B. Riley)
Performed by Rage to Live
Published by Brazen Blue Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Bar/None Records
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An unexpectedly good thriller with a terrific Ally Walker performance
22 June 2000 | by (Salt Lake City, UT) – See all my reviews

In low budget thrillers we generally don't expect to find genuine shock and depth of characterization. But this film has both. What is particularly surprising is the level of complexity suggested in Ally Walker's portrayal of the lead character Audrey McLeah. The film's script in and of itself doesn't sufficiently account for the undercurrents of alienation and fear that we glimpse in the Audrey character. However, Ally Walker, in what was a fairly early role in her career, manages to convey pain through restraint. It's remarkable work in a vehicle that doesn't necessarily require it.

The film even has some powerful poetic touches such as the scars on Audrey's back, scars that resonate all the more powerfully because they appear in one scene and then vanish while the viewer continues to wonder about their origins and about the many kinds of scars that are evident in the film. Here once again Ally Walker demonstrates an impressive skill for sensitive understatement.


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Good start, little substance, terrible ending orumph
marks on her back anna_19782000
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the kid's hands nyltiak
movie set in Houston? I don't think so... terr-bo
why the cut off resewed scars on jordan's hands? letty1
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