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Story

The Netherwoods (Keith Carradine and Daryl Hannah) are bad parents. They break into people's homes and steal food, leaving their daughter Janie (Julia Devin) in the car to occupy herself. So the state takes Janie away from them and puts her up for adoption. Unfortunately for Janie's new parents, the Cliftons (Moira Kelly and Vincent Spano), the state didn't catch the Netherwoods, and the bad parents want their daughter back. This summary, though accurate, isn't fair to The Tie That Binds; despite the broad strokes of the plot, the movie is surprisingly successful at creating suspense. The violent scenes are both effectively brutal and effectively restrained--what we see looks like it hurts, but the most gruesome violence happens offscreen. The performances aren't subtle, but like the movie itself, they're grounded enough in reality to sustain the suspense. The gorgeous cinematography lends itself to some beautiful images (a sheet blown away by the wind, fireflies flickering in front of an unfinished house) that create a unusually graceful sense of impending danger. This may not have played as well on the big screen, but in the intimacy of your own home The Tie That Binds has an accumulating creepiness that will last longer than the jagged shocks and jolts of most recent thrillers. --Bret Fetzer

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

Daryl HannahLeann Netherwood
Keith CarradineJohn Netherwood
Moira KellyDana Clifton
Vincent SpanoRussell Clifton
Barbara TarbuckJean Bennett
Ned VaughnOfficer David Carrey
Carmen ArgenzianoPhil Hawkes
Cynda WilliamsLisa-Marie Chandler
Bruce A. YoungGil Chandler
Willie GarsonRay Tanton
Chris EllisSecurity Guard #1

  • Genre: Mystery Movies
  • Director: Wesley Strick
  • Producer: Buena Vista
  • Length: 99 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaSep 8, 1995
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe18
    JapanR-18
    AustraliaMA
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaAug 5, 2003
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