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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.

Director:

Mike Robe

Writer:

Michael Petryni
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Country:

Italy | USA

Language:

English

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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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

Os Winfield: Your daddy stole too... he stole all this from me
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A Good Thriller With Great Cast
17 February 2004 | by Claudio CarvalhoSee all my reviews

The eight year-old boy Luke (Elijah Wood) goes with his father to his company and witnesses his murder by a man with a hook. Detective T. Bass (Tom Skerritt) is in charge of the investigation and summons Dr. Hollis (JoBeth Williams) 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?

The suspenseful "A Child in the Night" is a good thriller supported by a great cast. JoBeth Williams, Tom Skerritt and Elijah Wood in his debut have great performances. The plot holds the attention of the view but the conclusion is disappointing. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Testemunha Silenciosa" ("Silent Witness")

Note: On 8 December 2016, I saw this film again.


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