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Terror in the Family (1996)

Not Rated | | Drama , Romance | TV Movie 16 April 1996
The portrait of a dysfunctional Nineties suburban family, where behind closed doors, alcohol and rebellion are hidden among the lie of perfection. 15-year-old Deena's sleazy, twisted boyfriend is believed - at first - to be the cause.

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Gregory Goodell

Writer:

Gregory Goodell
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joanna Kerns ... Cynthia Marten
Dan Lauria ... Todd Marten
Hilary Swank ... Deena Marten
Andrew Kavovit ... Garret Lexau (as Andy Kavovit)
Adam Hendershott ... Adam Marten
Nan Martin ... Ivy
Beau Billingslea ... Judge Roubal
Kathleen Wilhoite ... Judith
Jeff Olsen Jeff Olsen ... Mr. Pilney
Barta Heiner Barta Heiner ... D.A. Pearlman
Joey Miyashima Joey Miyashima ... Attorney
Lynne Gale Lynne Gale ... Therapist Wendy Tremaine
Margo Swena O'Very Margo Swena O'Very ... Dr. Miller
Craig Clyde ... Police Officer
Scott Wilkinson Scott Wilkinson ... Neighbor
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Storyline

15 year old Deena Marten wants the same freedom every teenager craves. But when she can't have her way, her rebellious temperament erupts in violence. Her parents, Cynthia and Todd, fear her new boyfriend, Garret, 17, is the cause. Distraught, Cynthia turns to alcohol, and Todd escapes in his work. They're unaware their Boy Scout son Adam, 13, sips from a vodka bottle hidden in his bedroom. And the problems in this dysfunctional family continue to worsen. Written by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

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Imagine, the child you love the most... becoming the person you fear the most.

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 April 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Actor Ryan Mouritsen (featured) was still living in Sandy, Utah while working on this production. He used to visit Hollywood to stay for visits to work on productions while networking and helping on TV and film productions. Sometimes, he did extra work too. This film and the positive experiences helped him to decide to move to Hollywood in 1998 and pursue his career goals. See more »

Quotes

Todd Marten: I don't know what we're gonna do. We've tried everything. She's out of control. She breaks things. She hits her mother.
Police Officer: What happened to your hand?
Todd Marten: Uh, that was an accident. Look, if you could just get that knife away from her, calm her down, I'm sure we could...
[the police officers caught and bring Deena downstairs. The Police Officer is writing a report. But Todd is here and have found her]
Todd Marten: We're taking you to the hospital.
Police Officer: No, you're not. She's under arrest.
Todd Marten: Arrest for what?
Police Officer: Assault.
Todd Marten: Now, ...
[...]
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PRETTY GOOD TV MOVIE
1 September 2001 | by MOVIEFAN433See all my reviews

As far as t. v. made movies go this gets a B+. Hilary Swank better known for her role in "The Next Karate Kid" plays an abusive teen who starts to violently hit her parents when she gets real angry, through all the fighting and her dating a delinquent the violence turns into an authority involvement. Joanna Kerns (Growing Pains) plays her alcoholic mother who can't seem to control her daughter or keep a punishment, she's believable but tries too much. I'm not saying it's the best but I would see it as often as it may come on.


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