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Child in the Night (1990)

Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery, Thriller | TV Movie 1 May 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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Michael Petryni
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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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Italy | USA



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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Very entertaining
6 March 2002 | by selkieschild64See all my reviews

Very well-done TV movie. I've always been a fan of Jobeth Williams, and she didn't disappoint here. I really didn't know whodunit until I was supposed to, which is rare in this genre of story. Darin McGavin was perfect, as was Tom Skerrit. This was also, I believe, the first major role for 9-year-old Elijah Wood, and it's a foreshadowing of the kind of talent that he is. Even at this age, he shows his moxy. I'd recommend this to anyone.

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