Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
USA, 1994. Kouf/Bigelow Productions, Morgan Creek Entertainment Group. Screenplay by Akiva Goldsman. Cinematography by Peter James. Produced by James G. Robinson. Music by Stewart Copeland. Production Design by John Stoddart. Costume Design by Colleen Kelsall. Film Editing by Ian Crafford.
Ridiculous ‘psychological’ thriller stars an overbearing Richard Dreyfuss as a child psychiatrist who abandoned his work years before when he lost a patient to suicide. Now, the police have come knocking on his door asking him to throw away his retirement in order to help them solve a fresh case: a young autistic boy (Ben Faulkner) was found holding a bloody knife next to the dead bodies of his parents. Dreyfuss enlists the boy’s older sister (a debuting Liv Tyler) to help him unlock the youngster’s secrets and find out what really happened to the victims. Linda Hamilton and John Lithgow perform in forgettable roles in this very stupid film that just gets more farfetched the more it goes on, until climaxing with an embarrassing finale.
Berlin Film Festival Award: In Competition