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In the Custody of Strangers (1982)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 26 May 1982
A teenage delinquent who goes on a drunken joyride is left in jail overnight by his parents in the hope that he might learn a lesson from it. But events follow which result in the boy ... See full summary »

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Robert Greenwald

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Jennifer Miller
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Sheen ... Frank Caldwell
Jane Alexander ... Sandy Caldwell
Emilio Estevez ... Danny Caldwell
Kenneth McMillan ... Albert C. Caruso
Ed Lauter ... Judge Halloran
Matt Clark ... Mike Raines
Virginia Kiser ... Dr. Forman
Jon Van Ness ... Corky
John Hancock ... Judge Bennett
Deborah Foreman ... Karen
Susan Peretz ... Big Faye
Peter Jurasik ... Andy Barnes
Judyann Elder ... Marni Blake, Prosecutor
Pat McNamara Pat McNamara ... Quinn
Henry Tomaszewski Henry Tomaszewski ... Roach
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A teenage delinquent who goes on a drunken joyride is left in jail overnight by his parents in the hope that he might learn a lesson from it. But events follow which result in the boy spending far longer behind bars than anyone had foreseen. Written by scgary66

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His crime was a minor one. His sentence was a nightmare. [Video]

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 May 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Forty Days for Danny See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Danny Caldwell: [after the stolen radio incident] Yeah, yeah.
Frank Caldwell: Don't you "Yeah, yeah" me!
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Worth watching for the brilliant Martin Sheen.
27 March 2008 | by axlrhodesSee all my reviews

Martin Sheen is such a strong actor that he capable of lifting even the most mediocre of films.Im not saying that In The Custody Of Strangers is a bad film,on the contrary it is a good compact story with a strong message aimed at youngsters about the cause and effect of juvenile delinquency.The casting of Sheen and Estevez as father and son adds resonance to the story and helps lift the project above the level it would have otherwise have been at.A lot about the film has dated,the cheesy rock soundtrack featuring Billy Idol and the like traps it in its time but the message hasn't aged,do wrong,and you will open yourself up to having your life turned on its head.


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