The Tie That Binds (1995)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  8 September 1995 (USA)
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John Netherwood and his wife Leann are fugitives who are both wanted for murder. They have a young daughter named Janie. John and Leann are in the process of robbing a house when the two ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Leann Netherwood
John Netherwood
Dana Clifton
Russell Clifton
Julia Devin ...
Ray Reinhardt ...
Sam Bennett
Jean Bennett
Officer David Carrey
Kerrie Cullen ...
Female Police Officer
Male Police Officer
Detective Frank Mercer
Detective #2
Marquis Nunley ...
Boy Russell
Jenny Gago ...
Maggie Hass


John Netherwood and his wife Leann are fugitives who are both wanted for murder. They have a young daughter named Janie. John and Leann are in the process of robbing a house when the two residents of the house show up. John kills the two residents and heads back to the car with Leann - only to discover the police waiting for them. John and Leann get away after a cop shoots John, and Janie is placed up for adoption. Janie is soon adopted by southern California carpenter Russell Clifton and his wife Dana - and what they don't know is that they're in for the fight of their lives. John and Leann are trying to locate Janie and will stop at nothing to find her, even if it means killing whoever is in their way. When John and Leann discover that Janie was adopted by Russell and Dana, they plot to kill Russell and Dana and take Janie, but one thing they don't expect is for Russell and Dana to fight back with all they've got, because Russell and Dana are willing to do whatever it takes to hold ... Written by Todd Baldridge <>

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Janie's been adopted by the perfect couple. With their help she can find a new life. If her real parents don't find her first. See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for strong terror/violence, and for language and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »




Release Date:

8 September 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A terror gyermeke  »

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$5,780,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Janie's hands, when she extracts the knife from her pocket See more »


Referenced in 3rd Rock from the Sun: Frozen Dick (1996) See more »

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A candidate for the worst movie of the 1990s
18 August 2007 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Thoroughly repugnant and wretched melodrama has the foster couple to a little girl terrorized by the child's psychopathic biological parents, who are on the lam from the police. Warped, irresponsible picture with thriller aspirations is more stupid than suspenseful. Director Wesley Strick seems to have fallen asleep at the wheel, how else to explain the piling up of one ludicrous situation atop another? Stars Daryl Hannah and Keith Carradine can't even scrape together the semblance of believability within this context, and both are at a loss (as the "innocents", Moira Kelly and Vincent Spano don't have it quite as bad, but their general lack of charisma puts them at a disadvantage regardless). Tiresome, unsubtle junk. NO STARS from ****

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