Domestic Disturbance

Domestic Disturbance

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Director: Harold Becker

Cast: Harold Becker, John Travolta, Vince Vaughn, Teri Polo

     
 

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John Travolta stars in this thriller as divorced husband and father Frank Morrison, a boat builder concerned about his son Danny (Matthew O'Leary), a troubled 11-year-old who has shown a tendency to lie since his parents broke up. When his ex-wife Susan (Teri Polo) announces that she's getting remarried to Rick Barnes (Vince Vaughn), a recent arrival in town and a… See more details below

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John Travolta stars in this thriller as divorced husband and father Frank Morrison, a boat builder concerned about his son Danny (Matthew O'Leary), a troubled 11-year-old who has shown a tendency to lie since his parents broke up. When his ex-wife Susan (Teri Polo) announces that she's getting remarried to Rick Barnes (Vince Vaughn), a recent arrival in town and a popular, wealthy philanthropist, Frank struggles with jealousy but feels that Rick might be a stabilizing influence for his son. When Danny begins relating unsettling stories about Rick, Frank at first chalks it up to youthful rebellion, but when Danny stridently claims to have witnessed his new stepfather committing murder, Frank's instincts tell him the story is true. As he investigates the new man in his family's life, Frank uncovers alarming facts about Rick, who's not the man he appears to be. Domestic Disturbance (2001) made headlines six months before its release when co-star Steve Buscemi, accompanied by Vaughn and screenwriter Scott Rosenberg, was stabbed and seriously injured in an after-hours bar brawl with locals near the film's North Carolina set.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
John Travolta reverts to his Everyman persona for this immensely satisfying thriller, which succeeds because it refuses to sacrifice credibility on the altar of melodramatic excess. Travolta is compelling as a divorced father whose 11-year-old son (Matthew O’Leary) resents the marriage of his mom (Teri Polo) to an unctuous entrepreneur (Vince Vaughn). The boy, whose reputation for veracity has been severely tarnished, stoutly maintains that his new stepdad is a killer -- an outrageous assertion believed by no one except his fiercely protective father. The pain of divorce and the effort to rebuild a shattered family are depicted convincingly, and the father, mother, and son are all drawn with three-dimensional realism. By creating a believable universe for his characters to inhabit, director Harold Becker (Malice) earns the trust of his viewers, which makes it easier to pull the rug out from under them when things turn nasty. Vaughn, whose potential for creepiness was first realized in the recent remake of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, is terrific as the sinister stepdad, as is young O’Leary. But it is Travolta who anchors Domestic Disturbance with his skillful portrayal of a father who fears for his son's fate. The DVD offers a feature-length commentary by Becker, who also introduces several deleted scenes. Original storyboard illustrations are also included among the supplemental features.
Entertainment Weekly
When a disturbance is dramatized well, there's no place like home. Lisa Schwarzbaum
San Francisco Chronicle
There are thrills and shocks to be had here. Mick LaSalle

Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2013
UPC:
0883929304257
Original Release:
2001
Source:
Paramount Catalog
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:29:00
Sales rank:
1,174

Special Features

Closed-Caption Commentary By Director Harold Becker Deleted Scenes With Optional Director Commentary Storyboards Theatrical Trailer

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Disc #1 -- Domestic Disturbance
1. Chapter 1 [:02]
2. Chapter 2 [2:05]
3. Chapter 3 [4:13]
4. Chapter 4 [2:45]
5. Chapter 5 [2:32]
6. Chapter 6 [4:38]
7. Chapter 7 [:06]
8. Chapter 8 [3:51]
9. Chapter 9 [4:12]
10. Chapter 10 [:10]
11. Chapter 11 [7:22]
12. Chapter 12 [:18]
13. Chapter 13 [3:46]
14. Chapter 14 [4:14]
15. Chapter 15 [1:33]
16. Chapter 16 [2:18]
17. Chapter 17 [2:52]
18. Chapter 18 [3:38]
19. Chapter 19 [3:20]
20. Chapter 20 [7:26]
21. Chapter 21 [:48]
22. Chapter 22 [5:38]
23. Chapter 23 [1:11]
24. Chapter 24 [6:20]
25. Chapter 25 [:31]
26. Chapter 26 [7:29]
27. Chapter 27 [5:39]

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