Terror in the Family (1996)





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Long before she became a two-time Oscar winner, Hilary Swank paid her dues in such hard-hitting TV movies as Terror in the Family. The actress is cast as Deena Martin, a profoundly troubled 15-year-old with a history of wild and abusive behavior. An argument over a boy Deena has been seeing without permission erupts into all-out violence as the girl assaults her parents and threatens them with a knife. Removed to the custody of her Aunt Judith (Kathleen Wilhoite), Deena struggles to get her life under control, but the film's script makes it abundantly clear that the problem isn't hers alone. Both her mother, Cynthia (Joanna Kerns), and her brother, Adam (Adam Hendershott), are alcoholics, and her distant, self-absorbed father, Todd (Dan Lauria), would have been just as happy if neither of his children had never been born. Filmed in Utah, Terror in the Family made its Fox network debut on April 16, 1996.
Drama , Television
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Joanna Kerns
as Cynthia
Dan Lauria
as Todd
Andy Kavovit
as Garret
Jeff Olson
as Mr. Pilney
Lynne Gale
as Therapist
Margo Swena O'Very
as Dr. Miller
Kim Landry
as Nurse Cooper
Andrew Kavovit
as Garrett
Jeff Olson
as Mr. Pilney
Barta Heiner
as DA Pearlman
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