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Tender Loving Care (1996)

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A worried husband hires a beautiful psychotherapist to nurse his delusional wife and help her deal with the death of their child in a car accident. However, the nurse starts playing mind games. Or is he just being paranoid?


David Wheeler


Andrew Neiderman (novel), David Wheeler





Cast overview, first billed only:
J. Michael Esposito J. Michael Esposito ... Michael Overton (as Michael Esposito)
Beth Tegarden ... Katherine Randolph
Marie Caldare ... Allison Overton
John Hurt ... Dr. Turner
Brandy Carson Brandy Carson ... Mrs. Greenstreet
Holly Weber Holly Weber ... Charlotte
Misha Gangner Misha Gangner ... Dorothy
Joe Hilsee Joe Hilsee ... Cab Driver
Stacy Johnson Stacy Johnson ... Teenage patient
Jim Smith Jim Smith ... Gas Jockey
Antonia Withmore Antonia Withmore ... Jody (as Antonina Whitmore)
Robert Hirschboeck Robert Hirschboeck ... Leon (as Rob Hirschboeck)
Brian Strickland Brian Strickland ... Police officer
Kim Chadick Kim Chadick ... Police officer
Brad Whitmore Brad Whitmore ... Paramedics


The Overtons were a happy couple, until their little daughter died in a car crash. Allison Overton (Marie Caldare) can't cope with this, and still believes her little daughter is alive. A nurse is hired for her mental healing, but Kathleen Randolph (Beth Tegarden) has more in mind than just to heal Allison. Written by Lukas Fichtinger <lfichtin@htlbraunau.asn-linz.ac.at>

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The movie is actually an edited version of the FMV game, or more precisely, interactive movie Tender Loving Care (1998). The game has seven possible endings, including the one used for this movie. See more »


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Excellent Movie
24 April 2006 | by Timthy44126See all my reviews

This is one of the best and most original films I've seen in a long time. To be honest, I don't think I've seen a drama that could keep me interested for so long. I was hooked immediately. I wanted to know what would happen and where the movie would go the entire time. It wasn't like one of those dramas you see on TV--this was one ultimate thriller! Filmmakers should make more dramas like this; a struggle of power and sexuality is something men would actually watch. I appreciated this movie and I really felt that the movie, much like the book, was something that would entice many people who can't stand the drama and sitcoms people are force-fed on television.

And the PC game was a real testament to the originality and thoughtfulness of the makers. The game allowed the player to decide on an ending and take some fun psychological tests in them. I especially liked it because I got two different endings and I enjoyed the way it left me hanging off, wanting more, but in a way, answering all I wanted to know. You really have to see it.

Be warned, feminists won't like the movie; the theme is very distrustful of women overall.

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Release Date:

16 May 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

'Tryferi' frontida See more »

Filming Locations:

Oregon, USA

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Trilobyte See more »
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2.00 : 1
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