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Domestic Disturbance (2001)

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When Danny witnessed Rick murder a man, Frank has to protect his son from the greatest danger.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Frank Morrison
... Jason
... Laurie
... Theresa
... Rick Barnes
... Susan
... Coach Mark
... Danny Morrison (as Matthew O'Leary)
... Sgt. Edgar Stevens
... Diane
William Parry ... Don Patterson
Suzanne Nystrom ... Wedding Coordinator
... Wedding Photographer
... Ray Coleman
David Bridgewater ... Priest
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Susan Morrison is getting married to wealthy industrialist Rick Barnes. Danny, her teenage son with ex-husband Frank, isn't happy about this; he stows away in Rick's car one night, planning to go to Frank's house. But while there, he witnesses Rick murdering mysterious stranger Ray Coleman. Problem is, Rick's managed to dispose of most of the evidence, and he's considered a pillar of the community, while Danny has a history of lying. Frank believes him, though, and does some investigating of his own, as Rick's shady past slowly catches up to him and his new family. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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He will do anything to protect his family.


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Rated PG-13 for violence, brief sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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2 November 2001 (USA)  »

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Enemigo en casa  »

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$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,033,112, 4 November 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$45,246,095

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$59,249,294, 31 December 2002
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Rick Barnes: You may not know me, but you do know Danny.
Frank Morrison: Oh, I know. He lies. He lies to just about everybody. But you know what?
Rick Barnes: What?
Frank Morrison: He doesn't lie to me.
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References Leave It to Beaver (1957) See more »

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Wedding March
by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Arranged by Don Harper
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Quite decent.
18 November 2001 | by See all my reviews

To start off, I enjoyed "Domestic Disturbance". I found it kept me shaking and on the edge of my seat through-out the entire film (which was rather short, by the way).

ACTING: As you probably already know, this film has some of the best-in-the-biz. Including such stars as John Travolta and Vince Vaughn, alongside newcomer Daniel O'Leary. Travolta decently played the good-guy divorced father, trying to protect his teenage son from an apparent murderer.

The murderer/stepfather was played typically by Vaugh who's portrayed serial killer roles in other movies such as "Clay Pigeons" and the remake of Hitchcock's classic thriller, "Psycho". And on to the young victim of mayhem...

Daniel O'Leary. A relatively good child actor who convincingly plays a stressed, frightened teen boy seems the perfect choice, with his convicingly frightened facial expressions.

All in all good acting. Mainly on Vaughn and Travolta's part.

STORY/WRITING: The movie flails mainly in this category. Thrilling, edge-of-your seat thriller until un-eventful ending. I'll try not to give it away, but it's a tad rushed.

The story isn't all-to origional, nor is anything else in this film. The dialogue is mediocre. Basically the entire script is pretty mediocre...

DIRECTING: Very nice direction. The director's dark, creepy style carries the movie along swiftly. If this director had been given a better script, with the same actors, "Domestic Disturbance" could've achieved brilliance.

Once again, direction is a high-point in this film.

BOTTOM LINE: A good thriller. 7 out of 10 stars.


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