Before and After

Before and After

Director: Barbet Schroeder Cast: Meryl Streep, Liam Neeson, Edward Furlong
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Before and After

Director Barbet Schroeder and screenwriter Ted Tally adapted the novel by Rosellen Brown into this intriguing drama that, while heavily criticized for a third-act revelation that is something of a cop-out, nevertheless features -- typically of Schroeder's work -- compelling performances, domestic discord, and a search for the truth. Meryl Streep stars as Carolyn Ryan, a rural Massachusetts pediatrician married to Ben (Liam Neeson), a handsome, rugged sculptor. Although theirs is not a picture-perfect marriage, the Ryans consider themselves happy, until police arrive at their home one morning to inform them that their son Jacob (Edward Furlong) was the last person seen the night before with a teenage girl who has been murdered. Jacob is missing, and the Ryans frantically search for him, but when the boy returns, it is obvious that he's not being completely truthful about the night's events. While Carolyn wants the truth, Ben is willing to go to whatever lengths are necessary to defend Jacob, hiring an expensive lawyer (Alfred Molina), destroying evidence, and encouraging Jacob to be deceitful. Carolyn and Ben's opposing views of their son's legal trouble cause serious turmoil in the Ryans' marriage, which may be irreparably harmed in spite of the 11th hour appearance of the truth.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/06/2004
UPC: 0786936209815
Original Release: 1996
Rating: PG-13
Source: Walt Disney Video
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:48:00

Special Features

Spanish subtitles; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound; Widescreen (1.85:1) - enhanced for 16x9 televisions

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Meryl Streep Carolyn Ryan
Liam Neeson Ben Ryan
Edward Furlong Jacob Ryan
Julia Weldon Judith Ryan
Alfred Molina Panos Demeris
Daniel Von Bargen Fran Conklin
John Heard Wendell Bye
Ann Magnuson Terry Taverner
Kaiulani Lee Marian Raynor, Prosecutor
Larry Pine Dr. Tom McAnally
Wesley Addy Judge Grady
Pamela Blair Dr. Ryan's Assistant
John Wylie Dr. Trygve Hanson
John Webber Hardware Clerk
Sharon Ullrick Female Bailiff
Susan May Pratt Journalist #2
Alison Folland Martha Taverner
Tim Cavanaugh Young Policeman
John Deyle Doctor
Oliver Graney T.J.
Ellen Lancaster Panos' Assistant
Jay Potter TV Reporter
Bernadette Quigley T.J.'s Mom
Robert Westenberg Journalist

Technical Credits
Barbet Schroeder Director,Producer
Roger Birnbaum Executive Producer
Jean A. Black Makeup
Chris Brigham Co-producer
Henry Bronchtein Asst. Director
Howard Feuer Casting
Jonathan Glickman Associate Producer
Susan Hoffman Producer
Lee Percy Editor
Gretchen Rau Set Decoration/Design
Joe Roth Executive Producer
Ann Roth Costumes/Costume Designer
Steven A. Saklad Art Director
Howard Shore Score Composer,Songwriter
Ted Tally Screenwriter
Luciano Tovoli Cinematographer
Stuart Wurtzel Production Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits/Before and After [7:33]
2. Poor Farm Road [7:31]
3. Jacob's Secret [2:52]
4. Hidden Clues [1:49]
5. Postcards [4:59]
6. Captured [3:53]
7. Misunderstood [2:24]
8. One Inch [6:48]
9. Jacob's Choice [3:16]
10. Conflicting Principles [2:27]
11. Individual Liberty [8:39]
12. End Credits [12:37]

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Before and After 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oh boy this movie is so dramaticly boring. Its a great movie to bore your in-laws to leave early.