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Relative Fear (1994)

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Just why are people surrounding Adam Pratman dropping down dead? Is this five year old really a murderous sociopath?

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Linda Pratman
Martin Neufeld ...
Peter Pratman
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Det. Atwater
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Connie Madison
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Earl Ladelle
Matthew Dupuis ...
Adam Pratman
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Linda Sorensen ...
Margaret Ladelle
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Dennison
Liz MacRae ...
Ms. Roark
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Mr. Schulman
Michael Caloz ...
Manny Dorff
Gisèle Rousseau ...
Dr. Hoyer
Jenny Campbell ...
Paige
Alan West ...
Henry Pratman
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Storyline

Linda and Peter Pratman's son Adam is autistic, but they still love him and hope that he'll at least start talking some day. However he's teased and abused by the kids of the neighborhood and his grandpa . When several people around Adam die an unexpected death, his parents start to suspect Adam - is he just simulating to be so ignorant about his environment? Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Fear has a new face See more »

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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Rated R for violence involving psychological terror | See all certifications »
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3 October 1995 (USA)  »

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El secreto de Adam  »

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CAD 2,500,000 (estimated)
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Adam is labeled autistic, even though his symptoms are nothing like those of autism. See more »

Quotes

Clive: [Upon catching sight of the photographs that show him shooting Manny] Well I guess there's no point in keeping up pre-tenses
Linda Pratman: Who are you?
Clive: I'm the boy's father
Linda Pratman: Garry Madison? But they said you died?
Clive: Surprise
Clive: [Indicating to Adam] He's doing great isn't he?
Linda Pratman: You Killed Manny
Clive: [Defensivley] He was bothering my kid
Linda Pratman: And Margaret... and Daddy?
Clive: You were always what I pictured as a mother who could care for my son... but mothers are a dime a dozen... I know I had ten growing up in those damed foster homes.
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References The Bad Seed (1956) See more »

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An nice, decent thriller with some suspense.
24 September 2010 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

One night, Linda Pratman (Darlanne Fluegel) had her baby born in the hospital but at that same moment, an dangerous psychopath (Denise Crosby) had her baby in the same hospital in that night. Four years has passed, Linda's son Adam (Matthew Dupuis) might be autistic. Adam loves to draw but he finds himself fascinated by crime TV shows. At first, Linda noticed how strange her son is coming to be. While deadly accidents are happening in the house or near their house. Linda is starting to convinced that Adam might not be her son. While Adam might not be as innocent he seems to be.

Directed by George Mihalka (Les Boys 4, La Florida, My Bloody Valentine) made an entertaining suspense-thriller with some amusing darkly funny moments. Fluegel and Dupuis are certainly good in the movie. M. Emmet Walsh appears in a small role as Linda's father. James Brolin is certainly in this movie for an paycheck as the candy-loving detective. Perphas what is notable for the movie, it is one of the earlier written scripts by Kurt Wimmer (Equilibrium, Law Abiding Citizen, The Recruit). "The Child" does have some guilty pleasure moments and it is also worth an look. Original title of the film was "Relative Fear". (****/*****).


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