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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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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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Wesley Addy's final film. See more »

Goofs

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

Jacob Ryan: That's juts a bunch of sentimental bullshit.
Carolyn Ryan: Wait, sentimental bullshit
Jacob Ryan: Yeah everyone's parents say that.
Carolyn Ryan: Oh really, and do everyone's parent destroy evidence and lie... to the police?
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Crawling
Written by Dave McClain and Phil Rind
Performed by Sacred Reich
courtesy of Hollywood Records
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Overall well done
12 December 2009 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

I was pleasantly surprised by this movie. I had put off watching it for a long time because I thought it would fall on standard clichés in the telling of its murder mystery. But there's a lot to like here. For starters, the performances by the lead actors are first rate. Streep and Neeson come across as real people tackling a real problem. I should also add that Alfred Molina also gives a solid performance as the defense attorney. (Though the fact he looks like idiot movie critic Michael Medved gave me a few chuckles at times.)

The script gives most of its characters a fair shake. The parents are sympathetic at times, but sometimes they make decisions we disapprove of. The townspeople and police are not one-note characters, showing off more than one side.

The movie unfolds at a pace that keeps us interested and informed. It's directed with an appropriate bleak look that suits the subject matter.

There is one flaw with the movie, however. I thought that Edward Furlong's character was repulsive, stupid, and hateful. I don't blame Furlong for this, but his direction and his parts of the screenplay. I think a better way the movie could have gone would be to give him a mixed view, neither overly sympathetic or hateful. This would make the viewer think long and hard about him, and wonder if his fate at the end of the movie is correct or not.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 February 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Before and After See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,023,815, 25 February 1996

Gross USA:

$8,797,839

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,797,839
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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