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The Turning (1992)

R | | Drama | 2 May 1992 (USA)
A white supremacist returns to his hometown for the first time in years to try and save his parents' relationship.


L.A. Puopolo


L.A. Puopolo (screenplay), Chris Ceraso (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Karen Allen ... Glory Lawson
Raymond J. Barry ... Mark Harnish
Michael Dolan Michael Dolan ... Clifford Harnish
Tess Harper ... Martha Harnish
Gillian Anderson ... April Cavanaugh
Jim Simmons Jim Simmons ... Mayor
Madison Arnold ... Mr. Cavanaugh
Tannis Benedict ... Vivian Sinott
John Newton John Newton ... Mr. Creasy
William B. O'Boyle William B. O'Boyle ... Pete Tarosky (as Bill O'Boyle)
Murphy Larson Murphy Larson ... Rita Smithson
Michael P. Moran Michael P. Moran ... Jim McCutcheon


After 4 years, Clifford Harnish returns to his hometown of Pocahontas, Virginia, hoping to save his family and make for himself the happy childhood he never had. Unfortunately, he has arrived just in time to see his parents' divorce made final. He also gets to watch his mother sink into an alcoholic depression while his father builds a new life with a new woman. Soon Cliff decides to take matters into his own hands, using the methods he learned while traipsing the country with Neo-Nazis. Adapted from the play "Home Fires Burning." Written by Chris Holland <stomptokyo@aol.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some terror and language, and for a scene of sexuality. | See all certifications »

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Raymond J. Barry would work in The X Files, even he wouldn't ever shared any secuence with Gillian Anderson. See more »


References Modern Times (1936) See more »


A Canary's Song
Written by Buddy Mondlock and Garth Brooks
Performed by Buddy Mondlock
Courtesy of EMI April Music, Inc.
On behalf of itself and Sparking Gap Music
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A movie so bad...
10 March 2001 | by Willow192See all my reviews

How on Earth was this movie allowed to even be made? The ONLY and I mean ONLY reason that I even wasted my time watching this movie was because it supposedly "starred" my all time favorite Actress, Gillian Anderson. But Gillian, honey. What were you thinking?! This movie lacked any kind of plot of character development. I am wondering who sold their soul to the devil...or paid someone off to even get this film made. They so slyly put Gillian's picture on the cover of the movie to lure people in. And then she's in the movie for about 5 minutes. This movie was so boring that it had me wanted to fast forward to the scenes with Gillian in them. I can't believe Gillian ever even got another role after appearing in this sad, sad excuse for a movie. I am now dumber as a result of watching this film.

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Release Date:

2 May 1992 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Pocahontas, Virginia, USA

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Color (Technicolor)
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