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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 ... 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 »

Goofs

After Jake and his girlfriend pull over, their car gets stuck in the snow and the two are unable to drive away. It is unexplained how Jake is able to dive out of the rut alone after his girlfriend's fall if the two could not do the job while working together. See more »

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[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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'Truth' vs. 'Justice' in OK drama
3 February 2005 | by LibretioSee all my reviews

BEFORE AND AFTER

Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Sound format: Dolby Digital

A middle-class New England family is forced to confront a range of difficult issues when the eldest child (Edward Furlong) is accused of murdering his girlfriend (Alison Folland).

Barbet Schroeder's earnest drama looks and feels like a big-screen TV movie, toplined by A-list stars and filmed with professional elegance on wintry New England locations. Schroeder struggles to avoid melodrama and mawkishness, resulting in a lack of tension, as parents Meryl Streep and Liam Neeson become torn between protecting their son and telling the truth about his possible involvement in Folland's death. Frustrated lawyer Alfred Molina makes the point that 'truth' has little or no bearing on the criminal justice system, where defence and prosecution teams become engaged in brinkmanship designed to sway the jury one way or another. Ted Tally's screenplay makes a number of similar points, but the narrative begins to drift around the halfway mark and never really recovers. Some will be won over by the cast and production values, others won't be so forgiving.


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