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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

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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Ricky & Raymond Tison were under 20 years of age at the time of their family's murder spree. They had their death sentences reduced to life imprisonment. See more »

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Film follows true events
11 December 2005 | by TracertaggerSee all my reviews

This made for TV movie is gruesome to watch, but it is a factual depiction of the escape of killers Gary Tison and Randy Greenawalt in 1978, from the Arizona State Prison, and was aided by Tison's 3 sons. It was filmed on location in Southern Utah in 1983, and because I collect films made in that area, I have collected a video copy of this film as well.

After collecting this film, I researched and obtained news clippings of the escape and subsequent murders to determine the accuracy of "A Killer In The Family". As a result, I believe the film which was made by a Utah production company, does indeed follow the events with what I believe is relevant and true accuracy.

The murders of the family, I found very hard to imagine and to view, but it was true unfortunately, with even more gruesome results than were depicted in the film. The final outcome of the ending of the film appears to also follow the true story.


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