Domestic Disturbance (2001)

PG-13  |   |  Crime, Mystery, Thriller  |  2 November 2001 (USA)
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A divorced father discovers that his 12-year-old son's new stepfather is not what he made himself out to be.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny Morrison (as Matthew O'Leary)
William Parry ...
Suzanne Nystrom ...
Wedding Coordinator
Wedding Photographer
David Bridgewater ...


Susan Morrison is getting married to wealthy industrialist Rick Barnes. Danny, her teenage son with ex-husband Frank, isn't happy about this; he stows away in Rick's car one night, planning to go to Frank's house. But while there, he witnesses Rick murdering mysterious stranger Ray Coleman. Problem is, Rick's managed to dispose of most of the evidence, and he's considered a pillar of the community, while Danny has a history of lying. Frank believes him, though, and does some investigating of his own, as Rick's shady past slowly catches up to him and his new family. Written by Jon Reeves <>

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He will do anything to protect his family.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, brief sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 November 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Enemigo en casa  »

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Box Office


$53,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$14,033,112 (USA) (2 November 2001)


$203,338 (Brazil) (6 September 2002)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Despite the script mentioning the film took place in Maryland, the movie was shot in Southport North Carolina. Some opening shots were from Wilmington North Carolina. See more »


Right before Rick's brainwashing, Danny went back into his bedroom and locked the door. After Rick's brainwashing, Rick opened the door without turning the lock. See more »


Rick Barnes: You may not know me, but you do know Danny.
Frank Morrison: Oh, I know. He lies. He lies to just about everybody. But you know what?
Rick Barnes: What?
Frank Morrison: He doesn't lie to me.
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References Rosemary's Baby (1968) See more »


Isn't It Romantic
by Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart
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Worth Renting For A Couple Of Bucks
9 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was a decent thriller with good-guy "Frank Morrison" (John Travolta) trying to save his former family from the dangerous new husband. That's not a new theme in Hollywood movies (the dangerous husband) but this is acted well and presented without heavy-handedness. They were smart to keep the story relatively-short, too, at 89 minutes. As a consequence, nothing dragged.

To me, the film would have been more enjoyable had the 12-year-old boy been a nicer kid, but he's an annoying brat. The mother (Teri Polo) is not that endearing, either. Definitely a movie that will entertain but a one-look film and nothing more, especially with the ending being as predictable as it turned out.

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