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Child in the Night (1990)

A psychologist treats an 8 year old boy who witnessed his father's murder but the child blocks out details that could help the police.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
JoBeth Williams ... Dr. Hollis
Tom Skerritt ... Bass
Season Hubley ... Valerie
Mike Pniewski ... Bobby (as Michael Pniewski)
Tim Choate ... Curt
Thom Bray
John Procaccino
Elijah Wood ... Luke
Darren McGavin ... Os Winfield
Stephen Godwin Stephen Godwin ... Scott Winfield
Karen Trumbo Karen Trumbo ... Julia Fiori
John Aylward ... Dr. Wendt
Laura Langwell Laura Langwell ... Sharon O'Bannon
Don Hohenstein Don Hohenstein ... Jackie's Date
J.R. Knotts J.R. Knotts ... Ivan Decker


The eight year-old boy Luke goes with his father to his company and witnesses his murder by a man with a hook. Detective T. Bassis in charge of the investigation and summons Dr. Hollis to help him assisting the boy trying to get the identity of the killer. However, the boy fantasizes the murderer as the Captain Hook, in a escapism from the traumatic reality. Dr. Hollis gets closes to Luke and has an affair with Bass while he investigates the crime. They find that Luke's family is dysfunctional and there is a dispute among the friends of his father. But soon the killer attacks again and there are many suspects. Who might be the killer? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The secret of a grisly murder, locked in a child's mind.


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Release Date:

1 May 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dziecko w mroku See more »

Filming Locations:

Seattle, Washington, USA

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1.33 : 1
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JoBeth Williams and Tom Skerritt are the "Poltergeist" team, Williams having appeared in the first two Poltergeist films, Skerritt in the third. See more »


Os Winfield: Your daddy stole too... he stole all this from me
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Way over my expectations of a "cliche" whodunit 90s TV movie
30 June 2013 | by rjackrockSee all my reviews

In absolute honesty, I can say without a shadow of a doubt that i wouldn't have even considered watching if it wasn't for the kid that i would debate with ANYBODY is the greatest child actor in movie history. Elijah Wood. And really it took me a while to finally sit down and watch it because i knew i had to. This movie had all the hype of your stereotypical whodunit crime movie that plays late at night. When i sat down and watched it I tried to look past that. I first noticed that i began to really get into the relationship of Luke (Elijah) and the psychologist, which i really wasn't expecting to get that much into the characters. Like all of his movies I really felt for the character Elijah portrayed and hoped everything would work out at the end. I did see flaws in some of the acting and some cliché's followed and I cant help but be lenient about it considering I wouldn't think of it as a "Professional grade movie". Although, With every child movie Elijah wood was in that I watched (almost all of them), It ALWAYS seemed to have an emotional effect on me that night and sometimes even the next morning. With this movie i feel as though its just a "EH, that was pretty good". I'm glad to say i have seen it and i would certainly recommend it to the correct people. But like i said; i couldn't see myself watching this and really appreciating it if it wasn't for Elijah wood being in it.

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