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A Killer in the Family (1983)

A father serving time for murder convinces his three teenage sons that his life is being threatened by fellow inmates and that they should break him out of jail. However, when his sons ... See full summary »

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Richard T. Heffron

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Sue Grafton (teleplay), Steve Humphrey (teleplay) (as Steven Humphrey) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Mitchum ... Gary Tison
James Spader ... Donny Tison
Lance Kerwin ... Ray Tison
Eric Stoltz ... Ricky Tison
Salome Jens ... Alice Johansen
Lynn Carlin ... Dorothy Tison
Stuart Margolin ... Randy Greenawalt
Arliss Howard ... John Lyons
Amanda Wyss ... Dannelda Lyons
Susan Swift ... Teresa
Catherine Mary Stewart ... Carol
Nolan Adams Nolan Adams ... Gas Station Attendant
Spencer Alston Spencer Alston ... Mark (as Spencer B. Alston)
Tip Boxell Tip Boxell ... Tower Guard
Craig Clyde ... Prison Guard
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A father serving time for murder convinces his three teenage sons that his life is being threatened by fellow inmates and that they should break him out of jail. However, when his sons succeed in the jailbreak attempt, the father brings along his cell-mate, a former two time killer, and soon the sons find themselves involved in the pair's murderous crime spree. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein Killer in der Familie See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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A truly ugly little movie
21 July 2001 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Based on true events surrounding a devoted group of brothers who band together to break their dad out of jail; he has convinced the boys he's innocent of murder, but once freed quickly reverts to his wicked ways. After the ever-menacing Robert Mitchum (and partner Stuart Margolin) are loose, they kill an entire family trapped in their car (including a baby!). I was ready to bail right then and there, but the technical aspects of the film are gripping, the acting forceful, and so I stayed through to the end. What a mistake! This is just a vicious little piece of modern pulp, with no point and absolutely no entertainment value whatsoever. I learned nothing about what made these killers tick, or why the brothers were so easily bamboozled. I did keep remembering that family massacred in their car, and it is this ugly image I recall whenever I see "A Killer In The Family" is once again on television.


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