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Dangerous Child (2001)

TV-PG | | Drama | TV Movie 16 July 2001
A divorced mother faces the bitter irony of being suspected of child abuse when in fact her own teen son is taking verbal and physical swipes at her.

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Graeme Campbell

Writers:

Karen Stillman (story), Karen Stillman (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Delta Burke ... Sally Cambridge
Ryan Merriman ... Jack Cambridge
Vyto Ruginis ... Brad Cambridge
Marc Donato ... Leo Cambridge
Barclay Hope ... Frank
Rosemary Dunsmore ... Margo
Deborah Odell ... Marcia
Richard Zeppieri
Tamsin Kelsey ... Virginia
Dan Petronijevic ... Luke
Asia Vieira ... Kayla
Patricia Wanstall Patricia Wanstall ... Amber
Jonathan Payne ... Seth
Linda Salkeld Linda Salkeld ... Wendy
Ari Cohen ... Guidance Counselor
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Storyline

Sally Cambridge (Delta Burke) is a single mother battiling an unhealthy relationship with her volatile ex-husband, Brad (Vyto Ruginis). Then 16-year-old Jack (Ryan Merriman), the elder of her two sons, suddenly starts exhibiting violent tendencies. Despite Sally's interventions, his behavior only worsens. In a fit of rage, he attacks Sally and critically injures his younger brother, Leo (Marc Donato). Erroneously arrested for child abuse. Sally finds her fate rests in the hands of her family.

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How can you live in fear of your own son? See more »

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Drama

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 July 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hijos de la violencia See more »

Filming Locations:

Canada

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Trivia

The video game system Leo is playing is a Sony PlayStation 1. See more »

Goofs

At 1:14:42, The ambulance that takes Leo to the hospital the camera shot is reversed so the word 'Ambulance', is reversed. See more »

Quotes

Sally Cambridge: [Jack comes home late when he was supposed to be looking after his little brother] Where did you go? You smell like beer! Were you out with Luke again? What if there had been an emergency?
Jack Cambridge: Mom, I was gone an hour, all right?
Sally Cambridge: You left your brother alone, he's nine years old!
Jack Cambridge: He's fine, God!
Sally Cambridge: Jack, that is not the point.
Jack Cambridge: Would you stop making it such a big deal, all right?
Sally Cambridge: A big deal, you think this is a big deal, this is nothing my friend, you are grounded, for a month! That means for the next ...
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Welcome Back, Delta
16 July 2001 | by cheet1981See all my reviews

It's good to finally start seeing ole Delta again after all those years after "Delta" flopped. And with all the comedic roles she's had since she's seriously started acting again, I really enjoyed seeing her dramatic side. The movie itself isn't Oscar quality, but it's about average for "Made-For-TV." The thing that sets it apart is that focuses on an all too frequent problem these days: parental abuse. Now I am not a parent, myself. However I do watch my mother deal with my brother and it scared me at some points during this movie to see some of the same things happening and what they can turn into. The character of "Jack" is a far too accurate portrayal of teenagers today. Anytime he does something wrong, he is able to either talk his way out of it by changing the subject, or let's his temper get out of whack and throw things across the room. His mother doesn't know what to do about it, so she's passes it off as a phase and moves on, which even I know is a big no-no in parenting. But then, what is she supposed to do? She's the only one who really sees the extent of what he is actually capable, so nobody knows what to tell her, as far as what to do. She could defend herself, but, even if she could bring herself to do that, the law would look at it as child abuse since "Protect the Children" is the main thing these days. At any rate, this is a good movie to watch, moreso as research and warning than anything else.


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