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Before and After (1996)

PG-13 | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 23 February 1996 (USA)
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Two parents deal with the effects when their son is accused of murdering his girlfriend.

Director:

Barbet Schroeder

Writers:

Rosellen Brown (book), Ted Tally (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Meryl Streep ... Carolyn Ryan
Liam Neeson ... Ben Ryan
Edward Furlong ... Jacob Ryan
Julia Weldon ... Judith Ryan
Alfred Molina ... Panos Demeris
Daniel von Bargen ... Fran Conklin
John Heard ... Wendell Bye
Ann Magnuson ... Terry Taverner
Alison Folland ... Martha Taverner
Kaiulani Lee Kaiulani Lee ... Marian Raynor, Prosecutor
Larry Pine ... Dr. Tom McAnally
Ellen Lancaster Ellen Lancaster ... Panos' Assistant
Wesley Addy ... Judge Grady
Oliver Graney Oliver Graney ... T.J
Bernadette Quigley ... T.J.'s Mom
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Storyline

When teenage son Jacob is being accused of murdering his girlfriend, the well-respected and close-knit Ryan family is in turmoil. Jacob flees, father Ben destroys possible evidence, the village community turns hostile and mother Carolyn is forced to temporarily close her doctor's practice. Then Jacob gets arrested and soon finds himself and his family entangled in a web of truth, trust and lies, all on his way to court. Written by Swie Tio <sweet_t_prod@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

A murder. A suspect. A shadow of a doubt.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some disturbing images of violence, brief strong language and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 February 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Antes y después See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,023,815, 25 February 1996, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$8,797,839
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the scene where Meryl Streep enters a court room to appear in front of the grand jury in the front row (in the middle of the frame) sits a young Paul Giamatti as an extra his head turned around to have a look at her. See more »

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When Ben and Jacob pull to the side of the road and get out of the car to talk, the right blinker is on. When they get back in, the blinker is off. See more »

Quotes

[Jude visits her and Jake's tree house]
Judith Ryan: Jake? I know you don't wanna talk, but I just need to see you. Can I come up? Please?
[No response. Jude turns away, dejected. Then, the ladder falls down. Jude climbs up]
Judith Ryan: Can I just ask you one question?
[Jake says nothing]
Judith Ryan: Did you ever really go anywhere, Jake?
[Jake still says nothing]
Judith Ryan: Okay. That's cool. I understand. But, just so you know, when you were in that jail, I tried to come. They wouldn't let me. Jake, I really wanted to see you. They act like ...
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A Moderately interesting character study of a family in crisis.
19 August 2000 | by TxMikeSee all my reviews

"Before and After" has a fine premise - the girlfriend of their 16-yr-old son is found apparently murdered in the snow and the parents struggle with what to do. Eventually, when the son goes A.W.O.L., they suspect he commited a murder, and the whole family struggles with what to do. The father finds bloody items in the trunk of the car and is able to dispose of them before the sheriff returns with a search warrant. Eventually the son shows up, the father and mother disagree on what to do, the younger sister gets upset.

"Before and After" also has some of the finest actors of our day - Liam Neeson as the father, Meryl Streep as the mother, Daniel Von Bargen as the sheriff.

But, somehow the movie only works moderately well. Some of the dialog is a bit dubious, some of the scenes are over-dramatic. I suppose it is a function of so-so writing and directing.

Still, it is a film that kept my interest very well. The story got me to thinking what I would have done if any of my teenage children had gotten into a similar bind. With a great writer and director this could have been a "10" movie. I rate it 7 of 10.


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