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Under the Influence (1986)

Noah Talbot is a long-time alcoholic whose drinking begins to have a devastating effect not only on his personal life but on his family as well.

Director:

Thomas Carter

Writer:

Joyce Burditt (as Joyce Rebeta-Burditt)
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andy Griffith ... Noah Talbot
Season Hubley ... Ann Talbot Simpson
Paul Provenza ... Stephen Talbot
Keanu Reeves ... Eddie Talbot
Dana Andersen Dana Andersen ... Terri Talbot
Kario Salem ... John Simpson
William Schallert ... Cade
Richard Lawson ... Dr. Duran
Paddi Edwards ... Eve
Joyce Van Patten ... Helen Talbot
Eve Smith Eve Smith ... Mrs. Clark
Susan Ruttan ... Ms. Morgan
Danae Torn Danae Torn ... Floozie Girl
Janet Rotblatt ... Miss Seaver
John Zarchen ... Boy in Bar
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A hard-drinking family man has been successful in his business despite his alcoholism. His daughter, a professional, struggles to meet her father's high expectations while she becomes addicted to prescription drugs; his son, who works for him and who serves as both his whipping boy and his drinking buddy, is becoming an alcoholic like his dad. Then the father's drinking finally takes its toll on his health, and he demands that his son bring him liquor in the hospital as his son's life, and his daughter's, fall apart at home. Written by Morganalee

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 September 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aparências See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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An excellent reflection...
20 December 2002 | by keanuetteSee all my reviews

I've just seen this film for the first time and I must says, it very good for a TV. There is no schmaltz, no over acting, no oversentimentality.

The movie is based on how a father's drinking problem is affecting his family. They are dysfunctional, but are in denial. The father's losing customers, the mother is popping pills, hoping everything will go away and thing will go back the way they were. The elder son has run off and deals with the problem by airing it in his stand up comedy routine [which is excellent interplayed throughout the movie in a kind of narrative].

The elder daughter still wants daddy's approval and it's causing her marriage to fail. The younger son [played excellently by Keanu Reeves in one of his first feature films] is following in dad's footsteps, but has the willpower to change his ways before he ends up like his dad ~ dead.

The younger daughter, a fine artist and sculptress with a promising future, doesn't make a move unless mom and dad approves.

The plot is frustrating at time, which it's supposed to be. It does it's job in getting you involved and caring about these people's lives, wanting things to heal.

The healing takes place once the father has died. His patriarchal grip binding the family together to the end.

Under the Influence has realism, dealing with a very real issue in a real way. It has a great ensemble cast, a great supporting cast and I was very suprised and pleased with this movie.


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