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The Tie That Binds (1995)

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

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Leann Netherwood
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John Netherwood
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Dana Clifton
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Russell Clifton
Julia Devin ...
Janie
Ray Reinhardt ...
Sam Bennett
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Jean Bennett
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Officer David Carrey
Kerrie Cullen ...
Female Police Officer
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Male Police Officer
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Detective Frank Mercer
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Detective #2
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Aide
Marquis Nunley ...
Boy Russell
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Maggie Hass
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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 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 <sandib@eastky.com>

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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 »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for strong terror/violence, and for language and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »
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8 September 1995 (USA)  »

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$5,780,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Near the end of the film, we see John chase Janie through a stream. His pants legs are soaked through. In the next scene, his legs are shown and they are completely dry. See more »

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

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The early 90s called. They want their thriller back
22 December 2015 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

To fully savor this movie, you have to realize that it attempts to compete with iconic early-90s thrillers like "The Hand that Rocks the Cradle" (1992), "Sleeping with the Enemy" (1991), "Cape Fear" (1991) and the 80s flick that jump started the whole family-centered-crime-thriller genre, "Fatal Attraction" (1987).

Released in 1995, "The Tie That Binds", is a bit late to the party, and for that reason sometimes it feels like a contrived rehash of what we've already seen, but it still delivers an entertaining ride. The plot centers around a young girl who gets in the middle of a sort of custody battle between two couples. But this custody battle is not fought with legalities, it's fought with sharp metal objects and things that tend to make people bleed through the head. It's a clearcut battle of good vs. evil, so there's no moral ambiguity. Unless King Solomon was drunk on mevushal, he wouldn't need to debate more than 2 seconds on who deserves the kid. So the movie is more like a "run from the bad guys" sort of thing, linear, sometimes predictable, but fun.

Daryl Hannah and Keith Carradine play a psychotic Bonnie & Clyde while Moira Kelly and Vincent Spano play the most ideal yuppie parents anyone could ever dream up. Thus the stage is set. Good performances all around make this entertaining, although more cynical audiences may not buy how extremely stereotypical each character is. But hey, we're on the heels of the 80s where everything was clearcut black & white. Like I said above, don't expect any heavy issues of morality or any question of who is right and wrong. Just expect a straightforward game of "keep away" but with a bunch of blood. As others have mentioned, the ending chain of events is a little over the top, but heck. "Over the top" is what this movie delivers.


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