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Writer (WGA):
Susan Baskin (written by)
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Release Date:
18 January 1996 (USA) See more »
A community is shocked to learn that their new neighbor is a convicted sex offender who has been paroled. | Add synopsis »
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Michael Ontkean ... Eli Cooley

Pamela Reed ... Wanda Gilmore

Richard Gilliland ... Moe

Sam Anderson ... Dwight Cooley

Vonetta McGee ... Rapists' Rehabilitator
Julie Hess

Annette O'Toole ... Annie Hodges
Tracy O'Neil Heffernan ... Sally Cooley

Hansford Prince ... Clay
Keith Decker ... Henry
Leslie Hartley ... Terry Heinz
Abigail Van Alyn ... Mavis
Ken Wall ... Bud Heinz
Lois Saunders ... Elsie

Cameron Fife ... Cody

Kamille Rudisill ... Kelly Cooley
Bob Scott ... Harley Moore

Len Lawson ... Henry Devlin
Steven Anthony Jones ... Horace Mansfield (as Steve Anthony Jones)
Michael Ray Wisely ... Roger Doyle
Robin Joss ... Cashier
J.R. Orlando ... Woman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Victor M. Slone ... Grocery Store shopper (uncredited)

Renee Sweet ... School girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Lamont Johnson 
Writing credits
Susan Baskin (written by)

Produced by
Karen Dylan .... co-producer
Ronald Gilbert .... executive producer (as Ron Gilbert)
Lamont Johnson .... producer
Steve White .... executive producer
Original Music by
Charles Fox 
Cinematography by
William Wages 
Film Editing by
Paul LaMastra 
Production Design by
Elayne Barbara Ceder  (as Elayne Ceder)
Makeup Department
Susan Seligman .... makeup artist
Art Department
Brian Sharp .... construction coordinator
Sound Department
Bob Costanza .... sound editor
G. Michael Graham .... supervising sound editor
Jay Patterson .... production sound mixer
Thomas Pinney .... boom operator
Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Gilbert .... key grip
Editorial Department
Sylvia Grant .... associate editor
Transportation Department
Jeanne McCoy .... driver: cast
Other crew
Robin Anderson .... script supervisor
Steve Housewright .... location manager (as Steven E. Housewright)
Nancy A. Terriberry .... assistant coordinator

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Rated R for violence
USA:104 min
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Important message...., 17 September 2008
Author: MarieGabrielle from United States

This movie deserves some credit for the message it conveys, a not so popular reality about rehabilitation.

Michael Ontkean is believable as a former sex offender who is now living in a small town in a nondescript area of rural California. He is on parole, and his officer (well-portrayed by capable actress Pamela Reed) is concerned he may be a repeat offender. He was previously convicted for three out of six charges, including aggravated rape.

We see the dehumanization, the mentality towards this crime, and the attitude the town has, once they learn of his crimes. It is realistic. Not certain if this story was based entirely on truth but the killing of his dog was very disturbing. Annette O'Toole is also very good as Ontkean's frightened neighbor, a former victim of rape.

The subject is complex, and we see it through different viewpoints. The perpetrator, trying to re-make his life; the parole officer, upholding the law; the victims, how they are affected, and the simmering rage of frustrated townspeople. All in all a good message worth more studying. 8/10.

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