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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 ...
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Wedding Coordinator
Wedding Photographer
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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 <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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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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 »


Ray Coleman: I'm sick of you stalling me, Jack!
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Referenced in Film Geek (2005) See more »


Wedding March
by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Arranged by Don Harper
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Quite decent.
18 November 2001 | by (Washington) – See all my reviews

To start off, I enjoyed "Domestic Disturbance". I found it kept me shaking and on the edge of my seat through-out the entire film (which was rather short, by the way).

ACTING: As you probably already know, this film has some of the best-in-the-biz. Including such stars as John Travolta and Vince Vaughn, alongside newcomer Daniel O'Leary. Travolta decently played the good-guy divorced father, trying to protect his teenage son from an apparent murderer.

The murderer/stepfather was played typically by Vaugh who's portrayed serial killer roles in other movies such as "Clay Pigeons" and the remake of Hitchcock's classic thriller, "Psycho". And on to the young victim of mayhem...

Daniel O'Leary. A relatively good child actor who convincingly plays a stressed, frightened teen boy seems the perfect choice, with his convicingly frightened facial expressions.

All in all good acting. Mainly on Vaughn and Travolta's part.

STORY/WRITING: The movie flails mainly in this category. Thrilling, edge-of-your seat thriller until un-eventful ending. I'll try not to give it away, but it's a tad rushed.

The story isn't all-to origional, nor is anything else in this film. The dialogue is mediocre. Basically the entire script is pretty mediocre...

DIRECTING: Very nice direction. The director's dark, creepy style carries the movie along swiftly. If this director had been given a better script, with the same actors, "Domestic Disturbance" could've achieved brilliance.

Once again, direction is a high-point in this film.

BOTTOM LINE: A good thriller. 7 out of 10 stars.

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