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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 ... 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

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 April 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Joanna Kerns and Dan Lauria had previously played a married couple in the TV movie The Great Los Angeles Earthquake (1990) and also Dan Lauria and Hilary Swank guest starred in Joanna Kerns' sitcom Growing Pains (1985) but in different episodes. See more »

Quotes

Adam Marten: You're always saying "Don't upset Mom." I thought if I told her the truth, she'd be upset.
Todd Marten: Did I tell you to lie?
Adam Marten: No.
Todd Marten: Garret's on suspension for hitting a teacher. Your mom should have known that.
[Adam was way out of line. Todd continues to interrogate his son Adam]
Todd Marten: Are you lying to me now?
Adam Marten: No.
Todd Marten: And you're absolutely sure you don't know where Deena is? I want the truth, Adam.
[Todd Marten can't handle the truth]
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26 July 2013 | by kairinglerSee all my reviews

This was an intense film from Lifetime Network, Hilary Swank is a teenage girl who wants her freedom from her parents and wants to be with her boyfriend,, well her parents are going to put a stop to this, but problem is this spoiled brat is violent and she goes after her dad by slamming a door on his arm,, fighting with her mother,, classic tale of teenage girl rebelling but goes way to far in this movie I felt,, the mother escapes by drinking whine during the day,, the husband is busy in the basement doing woodworking,, and the son is busy sipping vodka before bed,, this movie is kinda hard to watch,, in part because I had a teenage step daughter that was violent as she got older, but thank goodness not to the point in the movie , but close enough. interesting watch,,, Dan Lauria was good, and Jo Anna Kerns was great and stole the show for me.


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