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Every Mother's Worst Fear (1998)

PG-13 | | Thriller | TV Movie 19 August 1998
Martha Hoagland is suffering through her parents' divorce. Feeling lonely, she turns to an online chat room. Martha believes she is chatting with a young man who cares for her, when in reality she is chatting with an Internet predator.

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Bill Norton (as Bill L. Norton)

Writer:

John Bensink (as John Robert Bensink)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cheryl Ladd ... Connie Hoagland
Jordan Ladd ... Martha Hoagland
Robert Wisden ... Jeff Hoagland
Tom Butler ... Agent Weatherby
Blu Mankuma ... Detective Maris
Vincent Gale ... Drew Pederson
Ted McGinley ... Scanman
Chiara Zanni ... Sherry
Brendan Fehr ... Alan
Don Thompson ... Martin Penny 'Skokie'
Andrew McIlroy Andrew McIlroy ... Carl
P. Lynn Johnson ... Michelle Hinton
Rob Morton Rob Morton ... Interviewee
Tasha Simms ... Detective Borromeo
Colleen Winton ... Mrs. Krouse
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Faced with her parents' recent divorce, her mother working long hours and her high school boyfriend dumping her, 16-year-old Martha looks for solace in the world of Internet chat rooms. Innocent chatting turns deadly as Martha attracts the attention of a pedophile and cyber-kidnapping ring. Martha's mother Connie suspects foul play and begins a frantic search for her daughter, enlisting the help of the police, the FBI and an expert hacker. Written by PetrinaC <cubit@aol.com>

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Her daughter went online...and vanished without a trace

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Rated PG-13 for violence and sex-related thematic material | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

19 August 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Not a bad tele-movie
14 January 2005 | by jamiecostelo58See all my reviews

Jordan Ladd proved a worthy actress in this enlightening made-for-TV drama, which sends a message that all teenagers should adhere; never trust internet chat-rooms.

It's a film that many parents might actually understand - the child, who is perhaps naive and a little too trusting, spending hours and hours on end on their computer, and one or both of the parents working full time and are never at home to check on what's going on. Every Mother's Worst Fear points this out quite thoroughly.

Admittedly, the story is a little clichéd, but you can't help but sympathise with Connie Hoagland (Cheryl Ladd) as she desperately tries to locate her daughter. It does work that a real-life mother and daughter were cast for such what is really a cat-and-mouse movie. It does point out that the internet is not always a good thing. 5/10


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