Doing Time on Maple Drive

Doing Time on Maple Drive

Director: Ken Olin

Cast: James B. Sikking, Bibi Besch, David Byron

     
 

In this made-for-TV drama, a New England family's secrets all come tumbling out at once as they spend a weekend together to celebrate the engagement of their youngest son. Lisa Carter (Bibi Besch) and her military husband, Phil (James B. Sikking), couldn't be happier when their youngest son, Matt (William McNamara), brings his rich bride-to-be, Allison (Lori Loughlin)… See more details below

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In this made-for-TV drama, a New England family's secrets all come tumbling out at once as they spend a weekend together to celebrate the engagement of their youngest son. Lisa Carter (Bibi Besch) and her military husband, Phil (James B. Sikking), couldn't be happier when their youngest son, Matt (William McNamara), brings his rich bride-to-be, Allison (Lori Loughlin), home from Yale. Col. Carter views Matt as the perfect son, especially given the way his other children have turned out. Tim (Jim Carrey) has sunk into alcoholism after dropping out of college, while Karen (Jayne Brook) must support her husband, Tom (David Byron), a struggling art photographer who wants to start a family despite his father-in-law's financial misgivings. As Allison gets acquainted with the Carter clan and its dysfunctions, her fiancé's artfully constructed facade of perfection begins to crumble, ultimately threatening his family's reputation, his impending nuptials, and his very life. Doing Time on Maple Drive debuted March 16, 1992, as a "Fox Night at the Movies" feature on the Fox network; it was later nominated for several Emmy awards. Directed by thirtysomething star Ken Olin, the film features a number of additional television staples among its cast, from Loughlin, star of Full House, to Carrey, then best known as Fire Marshal Bill on In Living Color. Two additional TV personalities from the cast -- Hill Street Blues actor Sikking and Northern Exposure actress Besch -- both share the distinction of being Star Trek vets, Besch in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Sikking in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Like similar family melodramas, from the independent film The Myth of Fingerprints to the made-for-cable outing The Twilight of the Golds, this TV movie-of-the-week lays on the dysfunction a bit too thickly. Despite a few mawkish moments and the familiarity of its domestic conflicts, though, Doing Time on Maple Drive proves an effective portrait of middle-class angst. A pre-Ace Ventura Jim Carrey drinks and mopes his way through an underwritten part as an alcoholic loser; in one early scene, he has to grandstand and give the poorly written speech from which the program derives its title. But William McNamara and Jayne Brook, as his siblings, turn in relatively subtle performances as two more victims of parental ambition. It's the parents themselves, however, who make the film: The superb Bibi Besch is all ladies club hauteur as the social-climbing Lisa Carter, while James B. Sikking gets to finesse not one but two hairpin changes of heart as her controlling but ultimately befuddled husband, Phil. As for the supporting characters, Lori Loughlin gets some good scenes as the society girl preparing to marry into the family, while David Byron, as the son-in-law whose pithy comments provide the audience with its window into the family's problems, exercises restraint even when forced to mouth self-righteous monologues. Cramming several button-pushing issues -- homosexuality, suicide, abortion, alcoholism, and parental ambition -- into one TV movie, the Emmy-nominated Doing Time on Maple Drive marked a successful second foray behind the camera for actor Ken Olin.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/07/2004
UPC:
0024543103905
Original Release:
1992
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:34:00
Sales rank:
35,944

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James B. Sikking Phil Carter
Bibi Besch Lisa
David Byron Tom
Jayne Brook Karen
Jim Carrey Tim
Mark Chaet Nick
Bodhi Elfman Joe
Barbara Howard Actor
Richard Israel Student Actor
Philip Linton Andy
Lori Loughlin Allison
Janice Lynde Judy
William McNamara Matt Carter
George Roth Dr. Norman
Toni Sawyer Millie
Parker Whitman Gene

Technical Credits
Ken Olin Director
David Boyd Camera Operator
Sanja Milkovic Hays Costumes/Costume Designer
Diane Hughes Production Designer
Laura Karpman Score Composer
Elba Sanchez-Short Editor
Melissa Skoff Casting
Bing Sokolsky Cinematographer
Phillip Vasels Production Designer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles
2. Home
3. Showing Off
4. Family Identity
5. Getting Acquainted
6. Heart-to-Heart
7. Just Deserts
8. Night Out
9. Calling It Off
10. The Note
11. Stag Party
12. Into the Night
13. Confession
14. Visitors
15. Truth and Lies
16. Out
17. New Lessons
18. Not a Choice
19. Coming to Terms
20. End Titles

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