A father serving time for murder convinces his three teenage sons that his life is being threatened by fellow inmates and that they should break him out of jail. However, when his sons succeed in the jailbreak attempt, the father brings along his cell-mate, a former two time killer, and soon the sons find themselves involved in the pair’s murderous crime spree.
Remember when American TV movies were decent? It’s been 30 years now since those days, but occasionally they’ll show up on DVD or on the TV and you’ll remember just how compelling and, well, adult they were back then. Certainly not watered down to avoid upsetting anybody, like the ones since then have been.
A KILLER IN THE FAMILY is a great little movie, a wonderful thriller with some truly memorable moments. It’s based on a true story too, showing how a murderer’s three teenage boys help him to escape from prison, before joining him on what becomes a journey of horror. There are some shocking moments in this, all the more surprising because they come totally out of the blue.
The cast is excellent. Robert Mitchum is still completely menacing as a bad guy, decades after he excelled in the likes of NIGHT OF THE HUNTER, but the actors playing the children are just as good. James Spader is the voice of conscience, Eric Stoltz the go-along, and Lance Kerwin (SALEM’S LOT) the youngster who’s completely out of his depth. To say too much about this film would be to spoil it, other than to say it’s completely compelling and well worth tracking down.
Director: Richard T. Heffron
Writers: Sue Grafton (teleplay), Steve Humphrey (teleplay) (as Steven Humphrey)
Stars: Robert Mitchum, James Spader, Lance Kerwin
Release Date: 30 October 1983 (USA)
Also Known As: Ein Killer in der Familie
Filming Locations: Dixie National Forest, Utah, USA
Format : MPEG-4
Format profile : Base Media / Version 2
Codec ID : mp42 (mp42/isom/avc1)
File size : 1.61 GiB
Duration : 1 h 35 min
Overall bit rate mode : Variable
Overall bit rate : 2 418 kb/s