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Darkness Before Dawn (1993)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 15 February 1993
A family struggles with a daughter's addiction.

Director:

John Patterson

Writer:

Karen Hall
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Meredith Baxter ... Mary Ann Guard
Stephen Lang ... Guy Grand
Gwynyth Walsh ... Sandra Guard
L. Scott Caldwell
Chelsea Hertford Chelsea Hertford ... Jennifer
Bill Applebaum Bill Applebaum
Michael Bryan French ... Jack
Lee Tergesen
Natalie West ... Mrs. Guard
Robert Desiderio ... Al Van Petten
Richard Grove ... Father
Alana Austin ... Mary Ann Guard (age 9)
Kirsten Dunst ... Sandra Guard (age 8)
Tim Farrell Tim Farrell ... John L.
Matthew Linville ... Daryl
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Storyline

A family struggles with a daughter's addiction.

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Genres:

Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 February 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alla fine del buio See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Jennifer: Mommy, look!
Mary Ann Guard: Hmm?
Jennifer: Look!
[Mary Ann sees purple lines on Jennifer's arms]
Mary Ann Guard: What's on your arms?
Jennifer: I drew it.
Mary Ann Guard: Why?
Jennifer: I want to be like you and daddy.
Mary Ann Guard: [furiously] You go in the bathroom, and you wash this off - and DON'T YOU EVER do this again! Just go!
[Jennifer runs off sobbing]
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Referenced in Beavis and Butt-Head: For Better or Verse (1993) See more »

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A real insight into the heartache of drug addiction
31 May 2006 | by Alistair NewlandsSee all my reviews

This is one of the most accurate films about drug addiction I have seen dealing with not only one, but both people, in a relationship who are addicted to heroin.. The glossy mumsy feel soon fades away revealing the harrowing life of drug addicts in the middle class suburbia of America.. The acting is first class and the film hooks you in like its subject matter. An enthralling an realistic account of middle class, middle age domestic drug abuse.. Where concealment, deceit and theft gradually take over the lives of the main characters.. until the inevitable reconcilliation with life. I may never have a spliff again ! A real gem !!!


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