Before and After (1996)

Before and After (1996)

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A family nearly comes apart after their teenage son is accused of murdering his girlfriend in this melodrama. Up until then, the Ryans had seemed a normal, happy clan with mother Carolyn a successful pediatrician and father Ben a prominent sculptor. The nightmare begins when the bloody corpse of a teenage girl is discovered in a snowy field. Knowing that the Ryan's son Jacob was on a date with the victim the night she died, the policemen come to their house to question him. Ben, without thinking, immediately and violently defends Jacob's innocence. Unfortunately, Jacob has apparently taken off. Though Carolyn wants to believe her son is innocent, she also wants to know the truth and wants the matter to be taken care of in accordance to the laws. Ben will do anything to protect his son and when he finds potentially damning evidence in the car, he doesn't think twice about destroying it. Over a month later, he finally returns. He is so traumatized that he can barely speak, move or eat. Eventually, Ben is able to coax the truth from his son. To help their boy, the Ryans hire a prominent lawyer, Panos Demeris. Back at home the family becomes increasingly divided as the trial date draws nearer and nearer.
Rating:
PG-13
Genre:
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Studio:
Disney

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Cast

Liam Neeson
as Ben Ryan
Meryl Streep
as Carolyn Ryan
Alfred Molina
as Panos Demeris
John Heard
as Wendell Bye
Edward Furlong
as Jacob Ryan
Ann Magnuson
as Terry Taverner
Susan May Pratt
as Journalist No. 2
Alison Folland
as Martha Taverner
Wesley Addy
as Judge Grady
Daniel von Bargen
as Fran Conklin
Larry Pine
as Dr. Tom McAnally
Pamela Blair
as Dr. Ryan's Assistant
Julia Weldon
as Judith Ryan
Robert Westenberg
as Journalist No. 1
Kaiulani Lee
as Marian Raynor, Prosecutor
Tim Cavanaugh
as Young Policeman
John Wylie
as Dr. Trygve Hanson
Sharon Ullrick
as Female Bailiff
John Webber
as Hardware Clerk
Bernadette Quigley
as T.J.'s Mom
Ellen Lancaster
as Panos' Assistant
John Deyle
as Doctor No. 1
Jay Potter
as TV Reporter
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Critic Reviews for Before and After

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (5)

Despite Meryl Streep, Liam Neeson and the usually estimable Edward Furlong, this nonevent huffs and puffs to attain even the level of an ordinary motion picture.

December 31, 1999
USA Today
Top Critic

Uneven script, but strong performances by a powerhouse cast.

June 20, 2003
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

A strained but nevertheless involving little personal drama about a delinquent's alleged murderous deed. Schroeder's suspense piece is arbitrary but satisfying thanks to the reliable leads.

June 3, 2003
TheWorldJournal.com

fares poorly when constrained to the screen

December 31, 1999
Filmcritic.com

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October 9, 2005
Fantastica Daily

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July 18, 2005
EmanuelLevy.Com

Audience Reviews for Before and After

The movie starts off strong and suspenseful. Meryl and Liam play a very convincing couple, and the mystery plot to this movie is VERY interesting. However after a while, the mystery gets boring, somewhat unrealistic, but most of all: unsatisfying. I wanted the plot to have a few more shocking twists like it did in the beginning. Unlike most mystery films, you understand almost everything half way though the movie, but I would have preferred to be kept in suspense until the very end. Regardless, Meryl and Liam make this movie worth watching with their usual magical acting, and although the plot gets boring towards the end, it does start off quite strong. I would recommend this movie for a rainy day.

Bailey H
Bailey H

Jacob Ryan (Edward Furlong has become adept to playing the disturbed teen-American History X and Terminator 2) plays a moody 16-year-old who is accused of murdering his two-timing girlfriend (Alison Folland) and has to suffers the consequences of his actions. Jacob's concerned parents are played by Liam Neeson and Meryl Streep who are caught between covering for their son and telling the truth. Also starring Alfred Molina as the stereotypical lawyer who is interested more in getting Jacob off the hook, than doing what is morally correct.

Deb S
Deb S

Super Reviewer

½

What would you do if your kid was accused of murder? Liam Neeson and Meryl Streep create very believable characters at odds with how to handle this very situation. With such a strong leading cast, and a thought-provoking storyline, it fell a little (just a little) short of my expectations. Neeson and Streep play a very affluent couple in a small town whose lives are completely changed when a young womans body is found, and the police suspect their son of her murder. Neeson is great as a dad whose first instinct is to protect his son, even to the point of getting rid of supposed evidence. Streeps character, who believes totally in her sons innocence, is willing to give the police full access in hopes of finding her son; who has been missing since the event transpired. Together they must face their home town that has not only abandoned them, but also has become hostile towards them. They must search for their son and find the truth. The beauty in this movie is watching a realistic transformation of a family facing, coping, and eventually moving forward after a crisis.

nefnie lee
nefnie lee

Super Reviewer

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