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The Bad Seed (1985)

Fatal freak accidents force a widow to realize her precocious 9-year-old daughter was born to kill.

Director:

Paul Wendkos

Writers:

Maxwell Anderson (based upon the play by), William March (based on the novel by) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Blair Brown ... Christine Penmark
Lynn Redgrave ... Monica Breedlove
David Carradine ... Leroy Jessup
Carrie Wells Carrie Wells ... Rachel Penmark
Richard Kiley ... Richard Bravo
David Ogden Stiers ... Emory Breedlove
Chad Allen ... Mark Daigler
Weldon Bleiler Weldon Bleiler ... Fred Daigler
Christa Denton ... Rhoda Penmark
Sarah Fairfax
Anne Haney ... Alice Fern
Carol Locatell ... Rita Daigler
Eve Smith Eve Smith ... Mrs. Post
Katharine Tobin Katharine Tobin ... Student
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Storyline

Rachel is a 9-year-old girl who is perfection itself - unless she's crossed or challenged. Several disturbing recent incidents have led Rachel's mother Christine to suspect that her child is a latent murderess. Upon discovering that she herself is the daughter of a convicted killer, Christine becomes convinced that sweet little Rachel is a "bad seed" - an inherent killer who feels no remorse because she doesn't know any better. Written by Ørnås

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Taglines:

Is evil a choice... Or an inheritance? See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

Unrated
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Trivia

Patty McCormack, star of the 1956 film, was offered the role of Monica Breedlove. However, after reading the script, she promptly turned down the part. See more »

Crazy Credits

[caption written for closing angle on Rachel, never used; left on cutting room-floor] THE BEGINNING See more »

Connections

Remake of The Bad Seed (1956) See more »

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Somewhat disappointing
26 September 2002 | by sbarr10See all my reviews

Keith Carradine as the gardener was superb. Lynn Redgrave as meddlesome Monica Breedlove and Richard Kiley as Richard Bravo were good. So was Eve Smith as Mrs. Post, the head of Rachel's school.

Unfortunately the performances of Blair Brown as Christine Penmark and Carol Lacatell as Rita Daigler seemed lacking in dimension when compared to the dynamic performances of Nancy Kelly and Eileen Heckart in the original.

Even worse, Carrie Well's delivery struck me as very flat when compared to Patty McCormack's in the original.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 February 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bad Seed See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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