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Dangerous Child (2001)

TV-PG | | Drama | TV Movie 16 July 2001
A divorced mother faces the bitter irony of being suspected of child abuse when in fact her own teen son is taking verbal and physical swipes at her.

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Graeme Campbell

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Karen Stillman (story), Karen Stillman (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Delta Burke ... Sally Cambridge
Ryan Merriman ... Jack Cambridge
Vyto Ruginis ... Brad Cambridge
Marc Donato ... Leo Cambridge
Barclay Hope ... Frank
Rosemary Dunsmore ... Margo
Deborah Odell ... Marcia
Richard Zeppieri
Tamsin Kelsey ... Virginia
Dan Petronijevic ... Luke
Asia Vieira ... Kayla
Patricia Wanstall Patricia Wanstall ... Amber
Jonathan Payne ... Seth
Linda Salkeld Linda Salkeld ... Wendy
Ari Cohen ... Guidance Counselor
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Storyline

Sally Cambridge (Delta Burke) is a single mother battiling an unhealthy relationship with her volatile ex-husband, Brad (Vyto Ruginis). Then 16-year-old Jack (Ryan Merriman), the elder of her two sons, suddenly starts exhibiting violent tendencies. Despite Sally's interventions, his behavior only worsens. In a fit of rage, he attacks Sally and critically injures his younger brother, Leo (Marc Donato). Erroneously arrested for child abuse. Sally finds her fate rests in the hands of her family.

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How can you live in fear of your own son? See more »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 July 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hijos de la violencia See more »

Filming Locations:

Canada

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At 16:06 you can see a arcade video game that resemble a Gundam/Macross anime mecha. See more »

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At 1:14:42, The ambulance that takes Leo to the hospital the camera shot is reversed so the word 'Ambulance', is reversed. See more »

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[Jack is holding his beat-up pet cat, Gus, and crying while he looks at how he hurt his pet]
Jack Cambridge: I'm sorry... oh God, I'm so sorry.
[sobbing]
Jack Cambridge: [Sally watches through the door frame with tears in her eyes]
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Ice In His Eyes
17 July 2001 | by BHorrorWriterSee all my reviews

Someone had better give Ryan Merriman a frickin' Golden Globe or something for his performance as Jack Cambridge. WOW!!! What a diverse and very powerful performance. This kid is an excellent actor, and it is way, way past time someone realizes this! You can feel the anger his character feels. Especially anyone that has been a 16 year old boy (Merriman is 18 in real life). Icicle are evident with every angry stare, or sneer he give to his mother (Delta Burke). I don't know if enough can be said about Ryan Merriman. His acting is such a powerhouse, he upstaged Delta in my opinion. He electrifies the screen with his presence, and could send a small animal running with that stare( chills)!!!! Unfortunately, this movie does play very formulaic to a made for tv movie. Especially one on Lifetime. Delta Burke does give a very emotion and excellent performance of a battered mother. Protecting her son from the world, knowing that he would be taken from her if it came out that he was the abuser. Very believeable! There is defintely no room for Miss Susan Sugarbaker here. One thing I really liked about the movie is how much Ryan and Delta look like mother and son. It was perfect casting. Set in Illionis, filmed in Canada, this movie is standard made for TV, but the performance by Delta and more so by Ryan make this movie more than it really is.


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