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A Long Way Home (2003)

Aftermath (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 10 January 2003
Family members struggle to heal their emotional wounds after an incident of sexual abuse.

Director:

Lorraine Senna

Writers:

Jean Abounader (story), Donna Kanter (story) | 3 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Meredith Baxter ... Carol
Robert Urich ... Jack
Diane Ladd ... Mother
Chad Michael Murray ... Sean
Shawna Waldron ... Tess
Michael Wayne Michael Wayne ... Will
Kristin Woodburn ... Rain
Joanne Robertson ... Elizabeth (as Joanne M. Robertson)
Caitlin Cisek Caitlin Cisek ... Young Carol
Billy Joe Patton Billy Joe Patton ... Carol's Father
Amy Savage Amy Savage ... Mrs. Coleman
Scott Spangler Scott Spangler ... Male Customer
Spencer Dooley Spencer Dooley ... Leon
Anita Finlay ... Female Therapist
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Family members struggle to heal their emotional wounds after an incident of sexual abuse.

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A Broken Family Gets a Second Chance...

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Drama

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Shooting began in December (2000) and finished up in January (2001). See more »

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Caffeine
Written by Cherish Alexander
Performed by The Painkillers
Courtesy of Shine Records
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Important subject - but this film is so weak, it distracts from its message
30 August 2006 | by caa821See all my reviews

It is tempting to try not to criticize a film such as this, dealing with the issue of a father molesting his daughter - one of the most horrible things a man could do to his child. To add to this, if it weren't enough, it turns out the guilty father (Robert Urich) and the suffering mother (Meredith Baxter) were both victims of molestation as youngsters themselves.

However -- despite the subject matter, this is a bad movie. Urich and Baxter are attractive people, and their work in active careers has been credible if not remarkable. I do not see how, based upon the way this story was presented, anyone could feel an iota of sympathy for either. Urich died not long after the film's release, from cancer which he had battled for some time - and the whimpering, lethargic performance can probably be in part blamed upon the physical and emotional real-life problems he was encountering. Birney has played many roles of women riddled with angst, some due to persons menacing or otherwise mistreating her characters - and some where her character has been a raging sociopath. Her scenes with the therapist were weak - on the part of both characters - and did little to enlighten or portray a realistic therapeutic benefit to her in any way. Although Urich's "Jack" was already aware of his childhood tribulations, Meredith's "Carol" became aware of hers late in the presentation, as a result of the inevitable "dream," and then dialog with her widowed mother (Diane Ladd). Incidentally, the latter was a thoroughly selfish, unfeeling individual, and while apparently not physically abusive, would otherwise rate behind Joan Crawford in a Mother-of-the Year contest. And even the "revalations" gained from the therapist and mother were presented in a thoroughly unengaging manner.

The daughter, Tess, played by the attractive young Shawna Waldron, gave a decent performance, but one imagines it was less than it could have been, based upon the other characters/performances/story presentation. The scene towards the end where Ulrich is alone in the house with her (before Birney arrives, incensed about this), where he delivers a monologue with an attempt to gain some father/daughter rapprochement, is perhaps even weaker than the 1-3/4 hours which preceded it.

All-in-all, while the producers obviously felt they were providing a credible presentation of an important subject - they missed their mark by the proverbial "mile."


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Official Sites:

Lifetime TV

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 2003 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

A Long Way Home See more »

Filming Locations:

Phoenix, Arizona, USA

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Production Co:

CBS See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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