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Terror in the Family (1996)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  16 April 1996 (USA)
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Fifteen-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, Stephanie and Todd, ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Cynthia Marten
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Todd Marten
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Deena Marten
Andrew Kavovit ...
Garrett (as Andy Kavovit)
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Adam Marten
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Ivy
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Judge
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Judith
Jeff Olsen ...
Mr. Pilney
Barta Heiner ...
Dist. Atty. Pearlman
Joey Miyashima ...
Attorney
Lynne Gale ...
Therapist
Margo Swena O'Very ...
Dr. Miller
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Police Officer
Scott Wilkinson ...
Neighbor
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Fifteen-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, Stephanie and Todd, fear her new boyfriend, Garret, 17, is the cause. Distraught, Stephanie 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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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 »

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[the police and the investigators has arrived and find out what happened, the people all over town find out what's going on. This is a major chaos]
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.
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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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