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A Family Torn Apart (1993)

A teenage boy finds his mother and father murdered in their home but as the story goes on he reveals he knows more than he is letting on.

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Craig R. Baxley

Writers:

Leslie Walker (book), Matthew Bombeck (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Neil Patrick Harris ... Brian Hannigan
Johnny Galecki ... Daniel Hannigan
Linda Kelsey ... Maureen Hannigan
John M. Jackson ... Joe Hannigan
Lisa Banes ... Barbara Forester
James Handy ... Det. Stockman
Tim Kelleher ... Det. Cahill
Timothy Bass ... Ken Pierson
Eric Lloyd ... Chris Hannigan
Gregory Harrison ... Tom Kelley
Larry Black Larry Black ... D.A. Norman Crowley
Rhoda Griffis ... Liz Kelley
Kathy Larson Kathy Larson ... Lisa Kensington (as Catherine Larson)
Rosemary Newcott Rosemary Newcott ... Child Services Caseworker
Chris McKenzie Chris McKenzie ... Brian - age 6
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Storyline

When young Brian Harrigan's adopted parents are found lying murdered in the basement, it's Brian's adopted brother Daniel that becomes the main suspect, based on the testimony of Brian and Daniel's kid brother Chris. But was it really Daniel he saw? As police investigation makes headway, slowly but surely an abysmal family drama unfolds. Written by sarah

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sudden Fury See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Quotes

[Daniel comes back after going out, he opens the front door, but it's locked from the inside]
Maureen Hannigan: [peek from the opening] Where were you, Daniel?
Daniel Hannigan: Out. Just let me in.
[Maureen goes silent]
Daniel Hannigan: Come on, let me in! Please?
[Maureen slams the door, she turns and sees Brian]
Maureen Hannigan: Don't open the door. Go back to bed.
[Brian slowly does so]
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When The Rain Starts To Fall
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All Hail Neil Patrick Harris
15 August 2014 | by slightlymad22See all my reviews

With his younger brother in his arms Brian Hannigan (Neil Patrick Harris) calls 911 as he believes his parents are dead. They are having been brutally murdered the night before with the finger of blame falling on Brian's adopted brother Daniel (Johnny Galecki) who has been in Crownsville State hospital for a year due to his violent behaviour. With the police trying to build their case Brian speaks to Tom (Gregory Harrison), a lawyer and friend of the family about their parents, about growing up and what he and Daniel went through.

Patrick Harris from "How I Met Your Mother" and Johnny Galecki from "The Big Bang Theory" are the stars of "Sudden Fury", aka "A Family Torn Apart". This is a TV movie from back in 1993 when Harris was known for "Doogie Howser, M.D." and Galecki was popping up in "Roseanne".

The 2 stars are not the only interesting thing about this movie as the murder is based on a true story.

Patrick Harris's delivery has you gripped and I can't praise him highly enough.Harris's initially cold then emotional performance as Brian is both touching and powerful. Whilst Galecki is brooding, raw rage. Linda Kelsey and John M. Jackson performances as the parents (shown in flashbacks) deserve plenty of praise. there is drama and pain as the plot thickens.

Trust me when I say "Sudden Fury" is worth watching alone for the performance of the young Patrick Harris as much as for the fact it's a horrifying true story.

"Sudden Fury" is an absolute gem of a movie with a great true story and great performances from Neil Patrick Harris and Johnny Galecki. For those who discount made for TV movies as rubbish should seek this one out as it will change your mind.


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