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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 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 <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 »


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Poor Conclusion
14 February 2016 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

After robbing a house, the criminals Leann Netherwood (Daryl Hannah) and John Netherwood (Keith Carradine) stumble with the police and they need to flee, leaving their six year-old daughter Janie (Julia Devin) behind. Janie is sent for adoption and the photographer Dana Clifton (Moira Kelly) and husband, the architect Russell Clifton (Vincent Spano), adopt her and give love to the traumatized girl. Meanwhile Leann and John begin a crime spree trying to find their daughter to take her back.

"The Tie that Binds" is an effective low-budget thriller with a good story. The screenplay is well developed and builds tension, but unfortunately the conclusion is very poor. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Laços Diabólicos" ("Diabolic Ties")

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