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Toughlove (1985)

The Charters family falls into despair over their drug-addicted son Gary. They discuss his problems through the "Toughlove" program in searching for answers.


Glenn Jordan


Karen Hall
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Remick ... Jan Charters
Bruce Dern ... Rob Charters
Jason Patric ... Gary Charters
Eric Schiff Eric Schiff ... Scott Charters
Dedee Pfeiffer ... Kristen Marsh
Dana Elcar ... Max Wiley
Beth Miller ... Cindy
Piper Laurie ... Darlene Marsh
Erica Yohn Erica Yohn ... 3rd Leader
Sean Frye ... Tim
Jim Haynie ... Lloyd
Janet MacLachlan ... Bess Dawson
John Wesley ... Danny Dawson
Jo de Winter Jo de Winter ... Barbara Wiley (as Jo De Winter)
Ivan Bonar Ivan Bonar ... Mr. Griffin


A rebellious 17 year old is increasingly getting into trouble, doing drugs, and hiding events from his parents. As things spiral further out of control, his parents turn to an organization called "Toughlove" for help. There they learn that it sometimes is necessary to turn your back on your child and allow him to accept the consequences of his actions. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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If you had to sacrifice your offspring in order to save your family...could you? See more »




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Release Date:

13 October 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor difícil See more »

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Production Co:

Fries Entertainment See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Jason Patric's film debut. See more »


Jan Charters: ...Can't we just forget about Christmas this year? I don't feel much like celebrating, not after...
Rob Charters: Jan. Having kids doesn't mean giving up the rest of your life. At least, it shouldn't. Besides, we have another son... one who does *not* deserve to have his life ruined.
Jan Charters: What if Gary never comes back?
Rob Charters: That's a chance we have to take. We couldn't let him go on like he was. I miss him too, Jan; I missed him long before he was ever gone. But the sooner you and I pick up the pieces of our lives, the...
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It's better to just say "no"!
15 January 1999 | by emmSee all my reviews

Here's one of my "Schoolhouse Cinema" attractions! I saw this film twice in my middle to high school years. Twice, I did writing assignments for my health / phys. ed. classes about it! Isn't it ironic, don't you think? Turning back the clock when I was in my teens, TOUGHLOVE had expressed a specific point about teenagers who become enraged following incidents of drug use. At that time, folks my age needed plenty of motivation and awareness, since the movie was based on a plaguing and rising epidemic in modern society. ANGEL DUSTED would probably be another example of 80s accounts. This one is alright as a made-for-TV movie that centers around a discussion forum for parents whose kids are temper-tantrumed by drugs. There are some levels of hope, suffering, and anger, but it doesn't provide enough emotional values to make this a "serious" drama. The best thing you can prove about TOUGHLOVE is the parents who grieve and concern over a son once perfectly normal. In the end, despite all troubles, the son and his family all live happily ever after. Consider showing this one to your sons or daughters who could someday become drug addicts without warning. Still, this is strictly entertainment fare, and not something a health organization would present.

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