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Family Sins (1987)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 25 October 1987
Bryan's picture-perfect family isn't all that it appears; Dad loves Bryan's spoiled little brother more than his older son, leading to psychotic behavior on Bryan's part.

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Jerrold Freedman

Writer:

George Rubino
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Farentino ... Gordon Williams
Jill Eikenberry ... Kate Williams
Andrew Bednarski Andrew Bednarski ... Keith Williams
Mimi Kuzyk ... Sara Burke
Brent Spiner ... Ken McMahon
Michael Durrell ... Dr. Hamilton
Tom Bower ... Sheriff
Richard Venture Richard Venture ... Judge
Thomas Wilson Brown ... Bryan
Ben Dickson Ben Dickson
Michael Halton Michael Halton
Kate Hawley Kate Hawley
Yuri Lane Yuri Lane
Shane Miner Shane Miner
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michelle Casey Michelle Casey ... Miss Hayes
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Storyline

Gordon has a loving wife and two sons, Bryan and Keith, but he favors his spoiled younger son Keith over Bryan, who is defiant and not good at sports. As Gordon begins to yell and hit Bryan, Bryan's behavior slips towards the psychotic side and he takes it out on beings who can't defend themselves until he goes way too far one day during a summer camping trip. Written by GasmaskProductionsBooks

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Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Junge ohne Ausweg See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

London Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Fell short on the acting in many scenes, but good story
7 November 2011 | by uankdehSee all my reviews

This movie has a great storyline for those who love to explore the dark side of psychology and the resulting family dynamics. As sad as the movie could be, the story was compelling enough to be enjoyable. If you're savvy enough to pick up on the parents' faults, you'll find yourself rooting for the kids the whole time through the movie.

Now for the flaws...Other than the character who played Bryan, there were many scenes where the acting fell short. The child character Keith had lines that often times seemed forced. I also found the parents reactions to big events to be ineffective. For instance, there is one very traumatic event in the movie and the parents have almost no emotion towards what happened leaving the audience member feeling the same way: unemotional. Acting is definitely not a detail to overlook when it comes to a drama such as this.

Overall, I gave this movie a seven because the storyline was one that interested me enough to keep watching and stay pretty content, but that will be very dependent on the viewer.


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