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The Pact (2002)

PG-13 | | Drama | TV Movie 4 November 2002
Grief and suspicion tear two families apart when the children they never really knew decide to form a suicide pact at the local fairgrounds.


Peter Werner


Jodi Picoult (novel), Will Scheffer (teleplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Megan Mullally ... Melanie Gold
Juliet Stevenson ... Gus Harte
Henry Czerny ... Michael
Bob Gunton ... James
Eric Lively ... Christopher Harte
J.C. MacKenzie ... Jordan
Jessica Steen ... Detective Anne-Marie Marrone
Ryan Justin Allen Ryan Justin Allen ... Chris Harte (10 Yrs)
Trevor Sims Trevor Sims ... Chris Harte (5 Yrs)
Meghann Henderson ... Emily Gold (17 Yrs)
Emma Tima Emma Tima ... Emily Gold (10 Yrs)
Alexis Leva Alexis Leva ... Emily Gold (5 Yrs)
Jackie Rosenbaum Jackie Rosenbaum ... Voice of Emily Gold (voice)
Mallarie Hayes Mallarie Hayes ... Katie Harte (9 Yrs)
Dixie Seatle Dixie Seatle ... Sherrill Delaney


A late night call from Accident and Emergency shatters the lifelong friendship of neighbouring families, the Hartes and Golds. 17-year-old Emily Gold is dead from a gunshot wound to the head. All the evidence points to childhood sweetheart (and neighbour) Chris Hartes. The two families search for answers to the questions slowly destroying their lives. Once the murder trial begins, key evidence (Emily's diary) is withheld and as malice builds, the families grow further apart. Chris is the only one to know the truth, but can he bring himself to reveal the secret of the pact he had with Emily? Written by Anonymous

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No one saw it coming.




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Release Date:

4 November 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Az egyezség See more »

Filming Locations:

Brampton, Ontario, Canada See more »

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The author of the novel, Jodi Picoult, makes a cameo appearance in Emily's funeral scene. She is seen briefly behind Chris with arms crossed at the wrists. See more »

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Not quite the tear-jerker I expected, but was tolerable.
4 November 2002 | by bugsboomSee all my reviews

This film was actually pretty good. I half expected to bawl my eyes out (like I sometimes do at Lifetime movies) but I didn't. It was pretty sad, but I came from the film with more questions than feelings.

The movie is about two families that have known each other for practically forever. The son, Chris (played by the ultra-cute and talented Eric Lively) of one family and the daughter, Emily of the other grow up together and eventually fall in love. For whatever strange reason (I shall not say b/c I do not wish to spoil the movie for anyone) they make a suicide pact. She kills herself, but he lives. The movie then follows his subsequent trial for murder (ooh, the plot thickens) and how these events shake up the relationships of both families.

The movie luckily isn't some preachy afterschool special about teenage suicide. You can feel the pain Chris goes through and the love he had for Emily. The strain between the families is evident. More so between the two mothers (played by Megan Mullally and Juliet Stevenson) as their friendship deteriorates throughout the film. However, I wish they had not made Chris such a creepy character. His motives aren't clear in the beginning and it feels like that in the last 45 minutes of the movie they are trying too hard to rush the sensitivity of his character. They make Megan Mullally out to be the vindictive mother wanting someone, anyone to pay for her daughter's death. And lastly, it is not understood why Emily was so depressed to begin with. Perhaps we are not meant to understand, but it got a bit tedious and confusing after a while. All in all, this was a pretty good movie for Lifetime. 7 stars out of 10. I'm definitely going to have to read the book now.

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