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A seemingly-untroubled adolescent carries disturbing secrets that compel a psychiatrist to unearth the patient's gruesome past.

Director:

Tom McLoughlin

Writers:

Christopher Murphey (story), Miguel Tejada-Flores (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andy Garcia ... Michael Hunter
Trevor Blumas ... Kyle Hunter
Chelsea Field ... Penny Hunter
Linda Cardellini ... Shelly Hunter
Peter Hanlon ... University Chairman
Teri Polo ... Barbara Lonigan
Dena Lang Dena Lang ... Gina
Trevor Aikman Trevor Aikman ... Graduate Student
Brendan Fletcher ... Troy Pasternak
Vincent Kartheiser ... Thomas Caffey
David Millbern ... Brad (as David Millburn)
Max Peters Max Peters ... Young Tommy
Sam Bottoms ... Joseph Caffey
Sarah Deakins ... Diana Caffey
Joe Drago ... Flashback Cop
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Storyline

Michael Hunter's lovely, beloved 17 year-old son Kyle committed suicide, although he was in therapy for depression. This ruins Michael's marriage, his daughter Shelly moves in with her mother. He stops treating patients in order to write and teach Psychotherapy, until many years later when a student gets him fascinated by the case of Thomas 'Tommy' Caffey. He was about to be released at his 18th birthday from the closed 'boys school' he was placed into after his father, Joseph, was put into jail for beating his adulterous mother to death. Michael feels that Tommy carries a big chip on his shoulder, ignores that Shelly fell for him at first sight, but is mesmerized by Tommy's resemblance (purposefully enhanced) to Kyle. There is also a revealing meeting with Tommy's dad in jail. Written by KGF Vissers

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He'll risk everything to unlock the secrets of the past.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, nudity/sexual content, language and some drug material | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 2001 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Sins of the Father See more »

Filming Locations:

Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

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Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The first not-made-for-TV feature film by director 'Tom McLoughlin' since his 1987 comedy movie Date with an Angel (1987). See more »

Goofs

When Tommy scares Shelly when she is making him a drink, her hair changes from being behind her back and ears, to in front of her. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Joseph Caffey: If you repeat this I will deny it. Like I have been and I always will. To my grave. Do you understand?
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So Real
6 September 2003 | by kathy5353853See all my reviews

I just read all the comments. Some loved it. Some were bored with it. Some were, in my opinion, just trying to be supercritic. Here's the thing though. Having worked in the business of Social Work and Counseling, and having experienced the real world of some of these very real problems. . . I would like to simply add the comment that I thought the movie was so real it hurt. I thought the script was very realistic. It never went for the possible "extras" to hype it up. They could easily have let the former professor and his former student have an affair, they didn't. They could easily have played up the manipulation of the boy against the psychologist, they didn't. In all that it's downplayed, the realistic speaking type of performance, we were allowed to see the wretched grief, and anger, and blocked memories that do come out with horror and a bang. It was REAL. It was superb. It was better than that. From script, to acting, to film shots, to editing, from directing, and producing, from casting so perfectly a real woman who looked like a real mother, and even the psychologist's special lecture to the students at the beginning. It was all so real. So real it hurt.


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