Down Will Come Baby (1999)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  4 May 1999 (USA)
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Leah Garr wants to move from Phoenix to take a new job in Denver to help her family (Husband Marcus and Daughter Robin). When Robin goes to camp to give her parents time to sort things out,... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Leah Garr
Dorothy McIntyre
Marcus Garr
Katie Booze-Mooney ...
Amelia McIntyre
Kory Thompson ...
Nicholas Glaeser ...
Detective Larkin
Warner McKay ...
Rahla Kahn ...
Summer Patterson ...
Julius Wright ...
Ticket Agent
Hodgie Jo ...
Dance Teacher
Robert Guajardo ...


Leah Garr wants to move from Phoenix to take a new job in Denver to help her family (Husband Marcus and Daughter Robin). When Robin goes to camp to give her parents time to sort things out, something unexpected occurs. On Robin's return from camp she finds out her mom is taking the new job in Denver, only returning each weekend to visit. During this turmoil in Robin's life, A new lady, Dorothy, befriends Robin, moves into the same apartment complex and spends a lot of time with her and her father Marcus. Leah is concerned about this because she does not know very much about Dorothy or her intentions. It soon becomes clear that Dorothy is after much more than friendship with the Garr family. Written by Art Corvelay

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The best intentions can hide the darkest secrets


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4 May 1999 (USA)  »

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El secuestro de Robin  »

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Chilling at times but mostly pleasant
11 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

Robin's parents Leah and Marcus are always fighting. Leah is too devoted to her job, and now she has a chance at a promotion that will require the family to move from Phoenix to Denver. Marcus wants to continue his career as an architect at the company he works for.

Robin doesn't really want to go to summer camp, but she does anyway hoping it will help things will get better between her parents. She seems happy enough and she makes friends with Amelia, who is quite shy and behaves strangely. Amelia, whose widowed mother is quite controlling, wishes she had Robin's situation. Robin learns to appreciate that her parents really do love her.

After a tragedy, Robin becomes quite depressed, but she soon feels better. One reason is her new friend Dorothy, who she meets in the park. Soon Dorothy has moved into the building. Leah has moved to Denver and is coming home periodically, so Dorothy becomes sort of a substitute mother, which doesn't please Leah one bit.

Dorothy is friendly at first but later starts behaving strangely.

This movie had a pleasant, family-drama tone most of the time, though it occasionally detoured into creepy and, by the end, creepy and frightening became the rule rather than the exception. I found it quite entertaining.

Diana Scarwid did an outstanding job, maintaining a pleasant facade and rarely showing that she had a disturbing side--at least not until close to the end, when she effectively played the wacko. I would compare her performance to Anthony Hopkins in "Silence of the Lambs"--one comment I heard about Hopkins in that movie was that he was scary precisely because he wasn't scary. Of course Hopkins is a much better actor, but the comparison still applies.

Evan Rachel Wood came across as quite appealing. She handled friendly, depressed and scared quite well and I really liked the Rachel character. Meredith Baxter was good as always--at least for a TV-movie.

The primary lesson here is that no parent should be overly focused on a career. I'm old-fashioned enough to say no mother, but even fathers shouldn't ignore their children.

This was good, for a TV-movie.

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