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In Broad Daylight (1991)

The fanatically uncompromising Len Rowan and his family insult and terrorize the citizens of a small town for years. One day the comment of a saleswoman about Len's son not being able to ... See full summary »

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Harry MacLean (book), William Hanley (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Dennehy ... Len Rowan
Cloris Leachman ... Ruth Westerman
Marcia Gay Harden ... Adina Rowan
Chris Cooper ... Jack Wilson
John Anderson ... Wes Westerman
Ken Jenkins ... Bob Webb
Robert Schenkkan ... Rev. Don Douglas
David Neidorf ... Marshal Paul Harris
Tony Frank Tony Frank ... Sheriff Phil Lewis
Bill Thurman ... Virgil Teague
Brandon Smith ... Todd Lacey
Colleen Keegan Colleen Keegan ... Darlene Rowan
Bill Bolender ... Frank Snow
Greta Muller ... Madge Summers
Dedra London Dedra London ... Cindy Rowan
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The fanatically uncompromising Len Rowan and his family insult and terrorize the citizens of a small town for years. One day the comment of a saleswoman about Len's son not being able to pay his sweets triggers off his persecution complex. As revenge for the believed insult, the whole family starts stalking the shop owner and her husband... until this escalates and the old man gets badly injured. Len is arrested, but gets off, free on bail. His clever attorney delays the court session for more than a year - while Rowan keeps threatening the witnesses. But then, the people feel they've had enough of this and decide to take the law in their own hands... Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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He Has Terrorized a Town, Stealing, Cheating, Killing. Today They're Taking Revenge. See more »

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Drama | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 February 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

In Broad Daylight See more »

Filming Locations:

Elgin, Texas, USA See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Chris Cooper, Marcia Gay Harden and Cloris Leachman. See more »

Quotes

Cindy Rowan: Would you do me a favor and just DROP DEAD?
Darlene Rowan: [in unflappable good-humored sarcasm] Only if YOU promise me a REALLY NICE FUNERAL.
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Dennehy is Terrifying
27 December 2004 | by tomprySee all my reviews

Brian Dennehy paints a portrait of a truly sociopathic personality in this film. Plot twists are minimal simply because this is a true story. His characterization is all he has to work with, and Brian makes the most of it. He is by turns charming, threatening, homicidal and, all in all, just plain evil, a spoiled redneck who just can't imagine ever being called down for his activities.

Worse, he has intelligence to go with his warped mind.

We live in this character's part of the country and, believe me, people like this exist.

Not a great film, but the characterization will not only engross you, it'll probably scare the hell out of you.


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