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A Family Torn Apart (1993)

A teenage boy finds his mother and father murdered in their home but as the story goes on he reveals he knows more than he is letting on.

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Craig R. Baxley

Writers:

Leslie Walker (book), Matthew Bombeck (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Neil Patrick Harris ... Brian Hannigan
Johnny Galecki ... Daniel Hannigan
Linda Kelsey ... Maureen Hannigan
John M. Jackson ... Joe Hannigan
Lisa Banes ... Barbara Forester
James Handy ... Det. Stockman
Tim Kelleher ... Det. Cahill
Timothy Bass ... Ken Pierson
Eric Lloyd ... Chris Hannigan
Gregory Harrison ... Tom Kelley
Larry Black Larry Black ... D.A. Norman Crowley
Rhoda Griffis ... Liz Kelley
Kathy Larson Kathy Larson ... Lisa Kensington (as Catherine Larson)
Rosemary Newcott Rosemary Newcott ... Child Services Caseworker
Chris McKenzie Chris McKenzie ... Brian - age 6
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When young Brian Harrigan's adopted parents are found lying murdered in the basement, it's Brian's adopted brother Daniel that becomes the main suspect, based on the testimony of Brian and Daniel's kid brother Chris. But was it really Daniel he saw? As police investigation makes headway, slowly but surely an abysmal family drama unfolds. Written by sarah

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sudden Fury See more »

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1.33 : 1
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[Daniel comes back after going out, he opens the front door, but it's locked from the inside]
Maureen Hannigan: [peek from the opening] Where were you, Daniel?
Daniel Hannigan: Out. Just let me in.
[Maureen goes silent]
Daniel Hannigan: Come on, let me in! Please?
[Maureen slams the door, she turns and sees Brian]
Maureen Hannigan: Don't open the door. Go back to bed.
[Brian slowly does so]
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A must see!
10 May 2007 | by rsrungaramSee all my reviews

When I was away on business I couldn't help but turn to Lifetime, TV for women and stumble apon this overlooked film. This film is a dramatic masterpeace and should be viewed by all. Neil Patrick Harris delivers a great job in playing a confused youth bent in an uneasy yet dark situation. The story envolves two kids who are victim of strict parents who abuse there kids. The film is very touching and will jerk a few tears. The film touched me in so many ways, my spouse as well. One the most memorable scenes when a Lawyer gives Niel Patrick Harris a cigarrete as he tells his story of darkness, it just great symbol of self destruction, lost and confusions. This film is truly a touching phycological adventure. Please TiVO it next time it comes on Lifetime, TV for women.


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