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A Killer in the Family (1983)

A father serving time for murder convinces his three teenage sons that his life is being threatened by fellow inmates and that they should break him out of jail. However, when his sons ... See full summary »

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Richard T. Heffron

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Sue Grafton (teleplay), Steve Humphrey (teleplay) (as Steven Humphrey) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Mitchum ... Gary Tison
James Spader ... Donny Tison
Lance Kerwin ... Ray Tison
Eric Stoltz ... Ricky Tison
Salome Jens ... Alice Johansen
Lynn Carlin ... Dorothy Tison
Stuart Margolin ... Randy Greenawalt
Arliss Howard ... John Lyons
Amanda Wyss ... Dannelda Lyons
Susan Swift ... Teresa
Catherine Mary Stewart ... Carol
Nolan Adams Nolan Adams ... Gas Station Attendant
Spencer Alston Spencer Alston ... Mark (as Spencer B. Alston)
Tip Boxell Tip Boxell ... Tower Guard
Craig Clyde ... Prison Guard
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A father serving time for murder convinces his three teenage sons that his life is being threatened by fellow inmates and that they should break him out of jail. However, when his sons succeed in the jailbreak attempt, the father brings along his cell-mate, a former two time killer, and soon the sons find themselves involved in the pair's murderous crime spree. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein Killer in der Familie See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Eric Stoltz and James Spader would appear together again (albeit briefly) two years later in The New Kids (1985). See more »

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Spader (as usual) is the sole reason to see an otherwise mundane movie
31 December 2003 | by portia17See all my reviews

This thing is certainly no masterpiece but worth a look to see a young James Spader give a truly sympathetic performance. Mitchum is a true legend but here he is just walking through. However, Spader (as always) gives it his all. His character was trying to make something of himself and was just looking out for his brothers. He is disgusted by his father and effortlessly matches him wit for wit, throwing in some verbal zingers - I just wish his character physically outsmarted him as well. I don't want to spoil the ending but have to say his fate was cruel and unfair.

This was on tv all the time? Really? I never see it. I had to track down a bootleg from a collector - quality is OK but it sure would be nice to have this thing commercially released on video and dvd. It's a must for Spader fans - it's his best early pre-stardom performance.


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