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Terror in the Family (1996)

TV Movie  |  Not Rated  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  16 April 1996 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cynthia Marten
Todd Marten
Deena Marten
Andrew Kavovit ...
Garrett (as Andy Kavovit)
Adam Marten
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.


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16 April 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Terror Em Família  »

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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 »


Judge: You're being charged with the assault, too. That's a felony. It's a very serious charge. Since this is your first offense, I don't want to keep you in detention, but the situation has your home is far too volatile for me to send you back until the case is resolved.
Todd Marten: Uh, your Honor, if I could say something? I don't think Deena was trying hit her mother with the telephone. I think was trying to...
Judge: I don't want to hear about that now. I'm only interested whether I should keep Deena in detention ...
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Better than average for Lifetime
31 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was curious about this as an early credit for Hillary Swank, and if I were she and someone mentioned this movie in my presence I'd probably be thinking, "I'm a big movie star now, I've won two Academy Awards, I should be allowed to forget credits like that." Truth be told, though, it's a better than average Lifetime movie and Swank acquits herself marvelously in it as the rebellious teenage girl whose violent relations with her family open a lot of old wounds going back three generations. This has some of the usual Lifetime weaknesses — melodramatic plot construction, an overly reverential attitude towards psychotherapy, sappy piano-and-strings background music (they must have a library of millions of these records) and a limp excuse for punk rock allegedly performed by Garrett's band, as well as the obligatory soft-core porn scene — but it's also solidly acted by a tight ensemble cast, it's all too believable despite the melodramatics, and Gregory Goodell has a visual sense far ahead of most of the Lifetime directors.

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