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After his ex-wife dies in a fall from her balcony, PoliceSgt. Henry Smovinsky gets custody of his troubled teenage son... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Eric Roberts ... Henry Smovinsky

Jacob Tierney ... Adam Compton

Eliza Roberts ... Maggie Furness

Jayne Heitmeyer ... Katie Compton
Jack Langedijk ... Lt. Lido
Lynne Adams ... Sally
Frank Schorpion ... Dennis

Larry Day ... Burnett
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Gouchy Boy ... Arresting officer
Andy Bradshaw ... Cop in Gym
Andrew Campbell ... Pimp

Fernando Chien ... Hawkeye
Guido Cocomello ... Bip
Irene Contogiorgis ... Kid at Convenience Store
Norris Domingue ... Ticket Seller
Patrick Fenelus ... Snake
Babs Gadbois ... Mrs. Bradley
Julia Garland ... Emily

Alain Goulem ... Danny

Serge Houde ... Captain Balfour

Don Jordan ... Mookie
Una Kay ... Neighbour
Aurélie Laforest ... Tiger
Mary Morter ... Homeless Woman
Michel Perron ... Store Owner
David Siscoe ... Kowalchuk

Kwasi Songui ... Officer Whitaker
Kim Temple ... Young Lady Cop
Pierre-Carl Trudeau ... Man on Balcony

Lisa Wegner ... Woman on Balcony

Russell Yuen ... Forensic Investigator

Directed by
Douglas Jackson 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Karl Schiffman 

Produced by
Robert E. Baruc .... executive producer (as Robert Baruc)
Tom Berry .... producer
Mary M. Bradley .... co-executive producer
Richard O. Lowry .... executive producer
Elissa McBride .... co-producer
William Webb .... executive producer
Stefan Wodoslawsky .... producer
Original Music by
Milan Kymlicka 
Cinematography by
Georges Archambault 
Film Editing by
Claude Palardy 
Casting by
Andrea Kenyon 
Myriam Vézina 
Production Design by
Csaba András Kertész 
Art Direction by
Csaba András Kertész 
Kristie LaFontaine 
Costume Design by
Suzana Fischer 
Makeup Department
Bryon Callaghan .... makeup artist
Trevor Cripps .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Karl Archambault .... unit manager
Renaud Mathieu .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robbie Ditchburn .... first assistant director (as Robert Ditchburn)
Josée Lachance .... second assistant director
Jean-Sébastien Lord .... third assistant director
Art Department
Daniel Juneau .... assistant property master
Julie Robert .... property master
Tim Walton .... property master
Special Effects by
Ryal Cosgrove .... special effects
Trevor Cripps .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
René Fréchette .... second assistant camera
Mark Hoffman .... first assistant camera
Bruno Philip .... camera operator: second unit
Boris Roy .... assistant camera: second unit
Casting Department
Randi Wells .... extras casting
Transportation Department
Collin Butrum .... picture car coordinator
Collin Butrum .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Daniel Boudreau .... production assistant
Luc Bouthillier .... production assistant
Martha Fernandez .... production coordinator
Deverin Karol .... production executive
Sylvie Laurin .... production administrator
Julie Matlin .... production secretary
Ric Nish .... location manager
Philipe Perrier .... location scout
Kim Temple .... production coordinator
Sylvain Vary .... location manager

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Rated R for some sexuality, violence, language and drug use
93 min
Sound Mix:
Germany:16 | UK:15 (subscription TV rating) | USA:R
Filming Locations:

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Maggie Furness is played by 'Roberts, Eric''s real-life wife, Eliza.See more »
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References The Wrong Woman (1995)See more »


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6 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Eric - why waste your talent on this stuff?, 4 October 1999
Author: David Atfield ( from Canberra, Australia

This trash, which was given an equally meaningless title "False Pretense" for Australian television, could have been very good. To start with the leads are played by two excellent actors Eric Roberts and Jacob Tierney - and their sensitive portrayals of father and son make some scenes quite powerful. But then the cliches start to pile up and the plot becomes ludicrous. The cops are stereotypes, the prostitutes are stereotypes (all with hearts of gold of course), and there is a particularly offensive portrayal of a gay man that puts the work of the gay movement back 20 years. This man's attempted seduction of Tierney is so offensive to our hero Roberts that he beats the man savagely to the ground and kicks his head in with his boot. And of course later suffers no remorse (because the "f....t" deserved it?!?!).

The happy families conclusion is so absurd that any good work done by the actors is completely undermined. Shame, everyone, shame. Please someone give Roberts a really great role in a great film so we can see the old "Runaway Train" magic again.

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