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Terror in the Family (1996)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | TV Movie 16 April 1996
The portrait of a dysfunctional Nineties suburban family, where behind closed doors, alcohol and rebellion are hidden among the lie of perfection. 15-year-old Deena's sleazy, twisted boyfriend is believed - at first - to be the cause.





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Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew Kavovit ...
Garrett (as Andy Kavovit)
Judge Roubal
Jeff Olsen ...
Mr. Pilney
Barta Heiner ...
Dist. Atty. Pearlman
Joey Miyashima ...
Lynne Gale ...
Margo Swena O'Very ...
Dr. Miller
Police Officer
Scott Wilkinson ...


15 year old Deena Marten wants the same freedom every teenager craves. But when she can't have her way, her rebellious temperament erupts in violence. Her parents, Cynthia and Todd, fear her new boyfriend, Garret, 17, is the cause. Distraught, Cynthia turns to alcohol, and Todd escapes in his work. They're unaware their Boy Scout son Adam, 13, sips from a vodka bottle hidden in his bedroom. And the problems in this dysfunctional family continue to worsen. Written by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

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Imagine, the child you love the most... becoming the person you fear the most.


Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

16 April 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Terror Em Família  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Actor Ryan Mouritsen (featured) was still living in Sandy, Utah while working on this production. He used to visit Hollywood to stay for visits to work on productions while networking and helping on TV and film productions. Sometimes, he did extra work too. This film and the positive experiences helped him to decide to move to Hollywood in 1998 and pursue his career goals. See more »


Todd Marten: I don't know what we're do. We tried everything. She's out of control, she breaks things, she hits her mother.
Police Officer: May I have your hand?
Todd Marten: Uh, that was an accident. Look, if you can just get that knife away from her, calm her down, I'm sure we can.
[the policeman caught and bring Deena downstairs. The Police Officer is writing a report. But Todd is here and have found her]
Todd Marten: We're taking you to the hospital.
Police Officer: No, you're not. She's under arrest.
Todd Marten: Arrest, for what?
Police Officer: Assault.
Todd Marten: Uh, now, wait a minute, wait a ...
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Dysfunctional Family
16 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Joanna Kerns, (Cynthia Martin) plays the role of a mother who loves her family and especially her daughter, Deena Martin (Hilary Swank) who has the hots for her boyfriend who is wild and drags Deena down the wrong way of life. However, Cynthia Martin loves to drink wine all day long and has trouble trying to deal with her husband who wants to make pottery in the basement all the time. In the meantime, Adam Martin, the son of Cynthia Martin loves to drink vodka from a bottle before he goes to sleep or when problems start to hit him in the face. The only sane person in this out of control family is Todd Martin, (Dan Lauria) who plays the role of the husband of this crazy family which needs professional help.

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