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A businessman (Donald Sutherland) has a hotshot young new partner (William McNamara). What he doesn't realise is that his new partner is the son of his second wife, adopted into an abusive family at birth and now a raving psychopath out to murder his natural mother for whom he blames the miseries of his lifetime. Written by Jonathon Dabell <J.D.@pixie.ntu.ac.uk>

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10 January 1997 (USA)  »

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Der Feind in meinem Haus  »

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The house used in the film was previously seen in Back Stab and The Wrong Woman, the latter of which is another film directed by Douglas Jackson. See more »


Ted Robards: [after rescuing Sandy and knocking Jeremy unconscious with a wooden board] You're fired, you son of a bitch!
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L'arlesienne, Suite d'Orchestre No. 2
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Nice thriller,good acting but bad representation of adoptees
16 May 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I picked up this DVD for a cheap price and love any movie which deals with adoption issues. The movie was exciting and well acted with some good dialog with black humor and some shocking scenes.Donald Sutherland was as always very good.I thought Lesley Ann Warren who played the unsuspecting birth mom did a good job expressing her emotions about her past and the secret she never told her husband.It is the first movie i've seen Christian Tessier who plays "Chris",and even though he only had a small role,I liked him and don't know why he's not in more films.William McNamara was very convincing in this film as "Jeremy" an angry adoptee who wreaked havoc on his blood relatives and their family.He looked so innocent but had no conscience,and gave a realistic and chilling performance.This film showed every negative aspect and emotion of being an adopted person. Everything from anger of being abandoned to genetic sexual attraction.Of course this is only a fictitious movie and not the reality of most adoptees. The end credits gave it's statistics about how troubled adopted kids are or can be,and gave extreme examples.I am adopted and understand how it feels to grow up with it.I was lucky to have a loving and supportive adoptive family and a good upbringing and this isn't always the case.However I still suffered the stigma of it and had my issues with it like we all do.The main problem I have with this movie was at the end where it boldly says that in most places adoption records are sealed.I found that offensive because the majority of searching adoptees want their medical info and wanna know where they came from(what their roots are)and have a right to know.This movie was made 11 years ago but today records are finally being opened more and more. I did enjoy the movie,but feel it was a bad representation of an adopted person.Still it is a very dramatic experience from all sides and there should be more movies about it.

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