MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 26,341 this week

Beyond the Call (1996)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  23 June 1996 (USA)
6.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.1/10 from 123 users  
Reviews: 4 user | 2 critic

Russell Gates is a Vietnam vet on death row for killing a policeman. His childhood sweetheart, Pam O'Brien, is stunned to learn this and does not believe he could commit such a crime. She ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 10000 titles
created 26 Jun 2012
 
a list of 52 titles
created 30 Dec 2012
 
a list of 183 titles
created 08 Jul 2013
 
a list of 412 titles
created 11 months ago
 
list image
a list of 4732 titles
created 4 weeks ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Beyond the Call" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Beyond the Call (TV Movie 1996)

Beyond the Call (TV Movie 1996) on IMDb 6.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Beyond the Call.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

An attractive young hitchhiker named Ginger meets and and takes up with a lonely, middle-aged advertising executive who is recently divorced. He is inspired by her free-spirited ... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Wiles
Stars: Monte Markham, Susan Oliver, Mark Miller
The River (1984)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Farming family battles severe storms, a bank threatening to reposses their farm, and other hard times in a battle to save and hold on to their farm.

Director: Mark Rydell
Stars: Mel Gibson, Sissy Spacek, Shane Bailey
Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

After his mother's death, Collin Fenwick goes to live with his father's cousins, the wealthy, avaricious, and controlling Verena Talbo, and her compliant, earthy sister Dolly. When a city ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Matthau
Stars: Piper Laurie, Sissy Spacek, Walter Matthau
Evidence of Blood (TV Movie 1998)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

When a Pulitzer prize winning author of true crimes returns to his hometown in Georgia, it isn't long before he is involved in a forty year old case of a teenage girl who had been murdered.... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Mondshein
Stars: David Strathairn, Mary McDonnell, Sean McCann
A Good Baby (2000)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A young loner wandering the back roads of North Carolina comes across an abandoned baby. He immediately starts seeking the baby's parents, but starts developing a bond with the child that ... See full summary »

Director: Katherine Dieckmann
Stars: Henry Thomas, David Strathairn, Cara Seymour
Meschugge (1998)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Lena Katz, who is German, and David Fish, who is American, are Jews who live in New York. When Lena's mother, who arrives from Germany, meets her at a hotel, she finds an almost-dead woman ... See full summary »

Director: Dani Levy
Stars: Maria Schrader, Dani Levy, David Strathairn
Heart Beat (1980)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

The life and friendship between the icons of the Beat Generation - Neal Cassady, Carloyn Cassady and Jack Kerouac.

Director: John Byrum
Stars: Nick Nolte, Sissy Spacek, John Heard
Songs in Ordinary Time (TV Movie 2000)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A struggling mother takes in a mysterious stranger. Is she opening her heart to love...or harbouring a criminal.

Director: Rod Holcomb
Stars: Sissy Spacek, Beau Bridges, Keir Dullea
Freedom Song (TV Movie 2000)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Director: Phil Alden Robinson
Stars: Danny Glover, Vicellous Reon Shannon, Vondie Curtis-Hall
Gray Matters I (2006)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

They finish each other's sentences, dance like Fred and Ginger, and share the same downtown loft--the perfect couple? Not exactly. Gray and Sam, are a sister and brother so compatible and inseparable that people actually assume they are dating. Mortified, they both agree they must branch out and start searching for love. He'll look for a guy for her and she'll look for a gal for him.

Director: Sue Kramer
Stars: Heather Graham, Tom Cavanagh, Bridget Moynahan
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Three sisters with quite different personalities and lives reunite when the youngest of them, Babe, has just shot her husband. The oldest sister, Lenny, takes care of their grandfather and ... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Beresford
Stars: Diane Keaton, Jessica Lange, Sissy Spacek
The Good Old Boys (TV Movie 1995)
Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

An aging cowboy must choose between his desire to remain free and the responsibilities of maintaining a family.

Director: Tommy Lee Jones
Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Terry Kinney, Frances McDormand
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Pam O'Brien
...
Russell Cates
...
Keith O'Brien
Janet Wright ...
Fran
...
Rebecca
Leslie Carlson ...
Dan (as Les Carlson)
Ken James ...
Mel
Christina Collins ...
Ruth
Andrew Sardella ...
Mark
Wayne Downer ...
Policeman #2
Diane D'Aquila ...
Angela
Christine Reeves ...
Cop's Wife
...
Thibodeaux
...
Guard #1
John Pearson ...
Guard #2
Edit

Storyline

Russell Gates is a Vietnam vet on death row for killing a policeman. His childhood sweetheart, Pam O'Brien, is stunned to learn this and does not believe he could commit such a crime. She writes to him much to the dismay of her husband Keith and becomes obsessed with the case, exploring every avenue that may still be open to the doomed man. The trips to the prison take a toll on both her marriage and her family. Written by David Kinne <davros@gargoyle.apana.org.au>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

death row | vietnam | flashback | See All (3) »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language and some violence | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

23 June 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Esperança Final  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Reinforces the myth of the damaged Vietnam vet
18 January 2002 | by (San Francisco, California) – See all my reviews

Sissy Spacek and the others put on fine performances in this cheap production from a maudlin and unbelievable script. The husband of a cop-killer's sweetheart is able to visit the convict on death row the night before the execution? Give me a break! Sissy doesn't buy her ex-boyfriend's guilt, but does nothing to try to right such a terrible situation? Please. The real problem, though is that this made-for-tv formula flick is another example of Hollywood's trampling of the image of Vietnam veterans. The "damaged-vet-ticking-time-bomb" stereotype is not only an easy cliché, it's also a gross overstatement of the facts. No denying some veterans of Vietnam -- as of all wars -- suffered psychological effects, but when has Hollywood portrayed the 'Nam veteran as anything but a broken, emotionally troubled pariah? Movies like "Beyond the Call" contribute to the general public perception that Vietnam veterans are on the whole dysfunctional -- suicidal, alcoholic, barely able to hang on to their sanity. It's not enough that the cop-killer is a damaged Viet vet but -- surprise, surprise -- Sissy's own husband (the only character who doubts the boyfriends "Vietnam-made-him-do-it" excuse) carries his own war demons. The movie closes with Hubby curled up on the floor, crying his eyes out, comforted by Sissy the Strong. Another ticking time bomb has exploded. I guess all of us Vietnam veterans will eventually have nervous breakdowns or take refuge in a bottle. Me, I think I'll have a drink.


5 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Arliss Howard nolaladyj
Discuss Beyond the Call (1996) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?