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When the Bough Breaks (1994)

On July 4th, in Houston, a teenager finds a human hand in the sewer. Captain Swaggert is investigating the discovery of seven hands, found over several years, each one precisely severed and... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ally Walker ... Special Investigator Audrey Macleah
Martin Sheen ... Captain Swaggert
Ron Perlman ... Dr. Douglas Eben
Tara Subkoff ... Jordan Thomas / Jennifer Lynn Eben
Robert Knepper ... Lt. Jimmy Creedmore
Scott Lawrence ... Sergeant Footman
John P. Connolly John P. Connolly ... Sergeant Belvin
Dick Welsbacher ... Coroner Vince Hess
James Medina James Medina ... Sergeant Delarand (as Jimmy Medina)
Ron Recasner Ron Recasner ... Dr. Singer
Juan Antonio Devoto ... Danny
Christopher Doyle ... Howard Speckett
Mark Daneri ... Detective Sam
Michael Raysses Michael Raysses ... Sonar Technician
Taylor Brock ... Anchor
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Storyline

On July 4th, in Houston, a teenager finds a human hand in the sewer. Captain Swaggert is investigating the discovery of seven hands, found over several years, each one precisely severed and with a number tattooed on the palm. At this point, he has no leads. The highly qualified Special Investigator, Audrey Macleah, is assigned to join the team and give support to the investigation. When the police department receives a call from a medical doctor in an institution, Audrey meets with the doctor and the doctor introduces an autistic boy Jordan Thomas. There she sees seven hands that the boy had drawn on the wall. Audrey dedicates her attention to Jordan and discovers that he is connected to the serial-killer. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Can a child's telepathic mind help find a serial killer?

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Drama | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 May 1994 (South Korea) See more »

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When the Bough Breaks See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Ultra Stereo

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Color
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Trivia

Tara Subkoff's debut role. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Douglas Eben: [smiling] Let me see your hand.
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TWO MARYS
Performed by Brave Combo
Courtesy of Rounder Records
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An unexpectedly good thriller with a terrific Ally Walker performance
22 June 2000 | by glidroseSee all my reviews

In low budget thrillers we generally don't expect to find genuine shock and depth of characterization. But this film has both. What is particularly surprising is the level of complexity suggested in Ally Walker's portrayal of the lead character Audrey McLeah. The film's script in and of itself doesn't sufficiently account for the undercurrents of alienation and fear that we glimpse in the Audrey character. However, Ally Walker, in what was a fairly early role in her career, manages to convey pain through restraint. It's remarkable work in a vehicle that doesn't necessarily require it.

The film even has some powerful poetic touches such as the scars on Audrey's back, scars that resonate all the more powerfully because they appear in one scene and then vanish while the viewer continues to wonder about their origins and about the many kinds of scars that are evident in the film. Here once again Ally Walker demonstrates an impressive skill for sensitive understatement.


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