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Writer (WGA):
Matt Dorff (written by)
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Release Date:
7 May 1997 (USA) See more »
What happens when a gold-digging mom and her evil daughter marry into a nice suburban family? Let's just say it isn't pretty. See more »
A young psych major uses her wits to expose the deadly intentions of her father's new bride and the woman's conniving daughter. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Rena Sofer ... Darcy Canfield Ray

Bridgette Wilson-Sampras ... Melinda Harrison (as Bridgette Wilson)

Richard Joseph Paul ... Dr. Victor Ray

Donnelly Rhodes ... Professor Jeffrey Thurston

Don S. Davis ... Detective Church

Alan Rachins ... Dr. Derek Canfield

Linda Evans ... Joan Curtis Shaw Canfield
Charles Siegel ... Skolsky

Russell Porter ... Peter (as Russell B. Porter)
Alexander Pollock ... Brian Harrison

Lynda Boyd ... Margaret 'Maggie' Curtis
Freda Perry ... Sheila

Tosca Baggoo ... Officer Sanders
Cheryl Wilson ... Dr. Donna Canfield
John Tierney ... Pastor

Chris Bradford ... Jason
G. Patrick Currie ... Todd
Tessa Richards ... Angela

Kira Clavell ... Erica
Pamela MacDonald ... Mary

Camille Mitchell ... Jean Shaw
Marcy Goldberg ... Operating Room Nurse
French Tickner ... Chief of Staff
Diana Stevan ... Aunt Trish

Kevin Blatch ... Head Caterer
Robert Thurston ... Funeral Director

Michael St. John Smith ... Brian Seiler

L. Harvey Gold ... Judge

David Richard Lewis ... Orderly

Lesley Ewen ... Security Chief

Anthony Harrison ... Prison Doctor
Norma Jean Wick ... Reporter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wally Kurth ... Man Holding Baby (uncredited)
Cameron K. Smith ... Uniformed Officer (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Correll 
Writing credits
Matt Dorff (written by)

Produced by
Matt Dorff .... producer
Mary Eilts .... producer
Original Music by
Peter Manning Robinson 
Cinematography by
Laszlo George 
Film Editing by
Mary Jo Markey 
Casting by
Penny Ludford 
Production Design by
Roy Alan Amaral  (as Roy Amaral)
David Sinclair 
Costume Design by
Barb Nixon 
Makeup Department
Monique Venier .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Peter Dashkewytch .... unit production manager
Ed Milkovich .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Natalie Baldner .... trainee assistant director
Wayne Bennett .... second assistant director
Bill Mizel .... first assistant director
Art Department
Duane E. Martin .... on-set dresser
Dean McQuillen .... construction coordinator
Lori West .... props
Sound Department
Bob Holbrook .... boom operator
Bill Mellow .... sound re-recording mixer
Iain Pattison .... additional sound mixer
Dario DiSanto .... foley assistant (uncredited)
Megan Goudsward .... assistant dialogue editor (uncredited)
Claire Webb .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
Scott Clark .... gaffer
Keith MacCrimmon .... lamp operator
Keith Mukai .... lamp operator
Troy J. Peters .... best boy electric
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Susan O'Hara .... costume supervisor
Transportation Department
Chris J. Clayton .... transportation coordinator
John Coghlan .... driver
Dean Fitzpatrick .... driver
Ian-Peter Jacobi .... transportation
Fred Stephens .... transportation captain
Matt Trask .... driver: cast
Other crew
Steve Fisch .... business affairs/legal
Matthew Gross .... production executive
Bruce C. Jones .... security coordinator
Susan Murray .... production coordinator

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Rated PG-13 for violence and some sensuality
91 min
Sound Mix:
Germany:12 | Iceland:12 | UK:12 (video premiere) | USA:PG-13


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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Reality be damned, 8 March 2007
Author: caa821 from Tulsa OK

Movies involving crime and legal drama have to have some license to depart from the way things are done in the actual world. In real trials, the attorneys usually remain behind a lectern, and upon presentation of exhibits and after every second or third question, there are usually objections from opposing counsel and repeated conferences are held privately with the judge, and witnesses are laboriously questioned for hours on-end.

Yet "Matlock" pulls a piece of evidence from his pocket, waves it in front of the witness (who is about six inches from him), takes it to the jury box and shows it to all 12 (all before the judge or opposing counsel have any idea of what in the hell he has); if there is any objection, he simply tells the judge to give him another moment, the judge agrees, the witness is shown to be the guilty party, his client is exonerated, and then the D.A. congratulates him on the victory. And all of this occurs usually in under 10 minutes real time at the end of the episode.

So we know most dramas have to take liberties with reality, and this film is no exception. Aside from the patent obviousness of the nefarious nature of the wicked "stepsister," which a child of 10 could see, there is no way in real life the daughter of the murdered man would have been summarily arrested and held as depicted here.

She might have been detained for a period of time, but in the film, there was no investigation by the authorities into the "septsister" and her mother's past, their history, etc. Neither the police nor the accused daughter's lawyer seemed to have the intelligence or inclination to do any investigating whatever.

All of the investigative activity is later pursued by the daughter alone -- concerning her late father's death, and the past of the title character and her mother. Again, in the "real world," many authorities would have conducted thorough investigations early-on, and upon the the stepsister's mom's subsequent demise, further effort would have ensued, undoubtedly seeing justice done, without the mayhem and false accusation which the heroine had to endure during the last half or so of the story.

But then, it would have looked more like a Court TV documentary instead of a Lifetime movie, and one of this network's handful of staples "the evil outsider(s) entering a happy family unit to commit mayhem and steal the inheritance of the rightful heir(s)." (Others include "the evil neighbor," "the spouse with the dark, secret past," "the spouse faking death, only to turn-up years later," etc.)

One only wishes that occasionally they might treat a story such as this in a bit more cerebral manner, perhaps taking a cue from series like "Law and Order," "CSI," in investigating and resolving the issues, instead of the steady staple of yelling, physical confrontation, and the inevitable holes in the plot which have supposedly intelligent characters zooming around madly and senselessly -- while the attorneys and police schlep about, listlessly, and with no intelligence, or effort to investigate or resolve matters.

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