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The Maddening (1995)

A deranged father who'll stop at nothing to protect his family's secrets.


Danny Huston


Andrew Neiderman (book), Henry Slesar (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Reynolds ... Roy Scudder
Angie Dickinson ... Georgina Scudder
Mia Sara ... Cassie Osborne
Brian Wimmer ... David Osborne
Josh Mostel ... Chicky Ross
William Hickey ... Daddy
Kayla Buglewicz Kayla Buglewicz ... Samantha Osborne
Candace Hutson ... Jill Scudder
Angela Bomford Angela Bomford ... Mrs. Plummer
Darrell Fetty ... Truman (as Darrel Fetty)
Rett Wedding Rett Wedding ... Conrad
Bobby Amor Bobby Amor ... Jake
Marie Debrey ... Joanne
Victoria Bass Victoria Bass ... Lisa
Daniel Greene ... Cop


David and Cassie Osborne have an argument one night. So the next morning after David goes to work, Cassie runs off to her sister's house for a few days with their daughter Samantha. Only they never get there. David starts looking for them, and her sister, Joanne, thinks David had something to do with their disappearance, and calls the police. Actually Samantha and Cassie are with Roy and Georgina Scudder, and their daughter Jill. Roy picked them up after their car broke down. The only problem is, the Scudders, who seem a little odd at first, won't let them leave or call anyone. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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Rated R for violence and terror, and for some language | See all certifications »

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Directed by Danny Huston, the chilling tension was enhanced by then child actress, Candace Huston in a key supporting role as the daughter of Burt Reynolds' and Angie Dickinson's characters. See more »


Referenced in Decker: Sonrise (2017) See more »


Written by Wendy Levy and Patt Pattison
Courtesy of Mar-Tune Music and Music Meister Publishing
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Sleazy, Not Scary
13 December 2019 | by bondscammerSee all my reviews

I've been a fan of the late Burt Reynolds since seeing his hilarious 'Smokey And The Bandit' at a drivie-in as a kid in the 70's. Out of curiosity, I watched 'The Maddening' on YouTube recently and regretted it. This is not the Burt I grew up with or care to see. All actors do whatever roles they want but he was more of a personality and played each part the same way utilizing his charming personality. This 'southern gothic' thriller (horror?) film displays none of his good ole boy persona, and instead, he plays a violent rapist holding a young mother and her daughter hostage at his isolated property along with his mentally ill wife played by Angie Dickinson. I loved seeing Mia Sara (Ferris Bueller) who is fine as the captive of the deranged couple (Burt & Angie) until her husband (miraculously) stumbles across the property while our searching for his missing wife and child. Low budget, mediocre and derivative, I wish I had watched 'Hooper' again instead!

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Release Date:

8 September 1995 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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