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In the Custody of Strangers (1982)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 26 May 1982
A teenage delinquent who goes on a drunken joyride is left in jail overnight by his parents in the hope that he might learn a lesson from it. But events follow which result in the boy ... See full summary »

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Robert Greenwald

Writer:

Jennifer Miller
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Sheen ... Frank Caldwell
Jane Alexander ... Sandy Caldwell
Emilio Estevez ... Danny Caldwell
Kenneth McMillan ... Albert C. Caruso
Ed Lauter ... Judge Halloran
Matt Clark ... Mike Raines
Virginia Kiser ... Dr. Forman
Jon Van Ness ... Corky
John Hancock ... Judge Bennett
Deborah Foreman ... Karen
Susan Peretz ... Big Faye
Peter Jurasik ... Andy Barnes
Judyann Elder ... Marni Blake, Prosecutor
Pat McNamara Pat McNamara ... Quinn
Henry Tomaszewski Henry Tomaszewski ... Roach
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A teenage delinquent who goes on a drunken joyride is left in jail overnight by his parents in the hope that he might learn a lesson from it. But events follow which result in the boy spending far longer behind bars than anyone had foreseen. Written by scgary66

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His crime was a minor one. His sentence was a nightmare. [Video]

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 May 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Forty Days for Danny See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Danny Caldwell: [after the stolen radio incident] Yeah, yeah.
Frank Caldwell: Don't you "Yeah, yeah" me!
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Effective cautionary tale
20 September 2002 | by sittlerSee all my reviews

I could see this movie being shown to high school kids as a warning about the evils of juvenile delinquency. The downward spiral of Estevez's character Danny begins when he is arrested for drunk driving. Rather than going down to the station to release his son, Danny's father (real-life dad Martin Sheen) tells the police to let him spend the night in jail so to teach him a lesson. While Danny is sitting in his cell, a neighbor prisoner attempts to assault him but is thwarted and severely beaten by the teenager. This incident begins a domino effect as Danny's night in jail turns into years of incarceration.


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