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Director Barbet Schroeder and screenwriter Ted Tally adapted the novel by Rosellen Brown into this intriguing drama that, while heavily criticized for a third-act revelation that is something of a cop-out, nevertheless features -- typically of Schroeder's work -- compelling performances, domestic discord, and a search for the truth. Meryl Streep stars as Carolyn Ryan, a rural Massachusetts pediatrician married to Ben (Liam Neeson), a handsome, rugged sculptor. Although theirs is not a picture-perfect marriage, the Ryans consider themselves happy, until police arrive at their home one morning to inform them that their son Jacob (Edward Furlong) was the last person seen the night before with a teenage girl who has been murdered. Jacob is missing, and the Ryans frantically search for him, but when the boy returns, it is obvious that he's not being completely truthful about the night's events. While Carolyn wants the truth, Ben is willing to go to whatever lengths are necessary to defend Jacob, hiring an expensive lawyer (Alfred Molina), destroying evidence, and encouraging Jacob to be deceitful. Carolyn and Ben's opposing views of their son's legal trouble cause serious turmoil in the Ryans' marriage, which may be irreparably harmed in spite of the 11th hour appearance of the truth. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

Cast

Meryl Streep
as Carolyn Ryan
Liam Neeson
as Ben Ryan
Edward Furlong
as Jacob Ryan
Julia Weldon
as Judith Ryan
Alfred Molina
as Panos Demeris
John Heard
as Wendell Bye
Daniel Von Bargen
as Fran Conklin
John Deyle
as Doctor
Jay Potter
as TV Reporter
Larry Pine
as Dr. Tom McAnally
Kaiulani Lee
as Marian Raynor, Prosecutor
Bernadette Quigley
as T.J.'s Mom
Wesley Addy
as Judge Grady
Robert Westenberg
as Journalist
Sharon Ullrick
as Female Bailiff
Alison Folland
as Martha Taverner
Susan May Pratt
as Journalist #2
Oliver Graney
as T.J.
John Wylie
as Dr. Trygve Hanson
Ann Magnuson
as Terry Taverner
Ellen Lancaster
as Panos' Assistant

Crew

Barbet Schroeder
Director
Barbet Schroeder
Producer
Susan Hoffman
Producer
Ted Tally
Screenwriter
Luciano Tovoli
Cinematographer
Howard Shore
Composer (Music Score)
Howard Shore
Songwriter
Lee Percy
Editor
Stuart Wurtzel
Production Designer
Steven A. Saklad
Art Director
Chris Brigham
Co-producer
Jonathan Glickman
Associate Producer
Joe Roth
Executive Producer
Gretchen Rau
Set Designer
Ann Roth
Costume Designer
Henry Bronchtein
First Assistant Director
Howard Feuer
Casting
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