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Under the Influence (1986)

Noah Talbot is a long-time alcoholic whose drinking begins to have a devastating effect not only on his personal life but on his family as well.

Director:

Thomas Carter

Writer:

Joyce Burditt (as Joyce Rebeta-Burditt)
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andy Griffith ... Noah Talbot
Season Hubley ... Ann Talbot Simpson
Paul Provenza ... Stephen Talbot
Keanu Reeves ... Eddie Talbot
Dana Andersen Dana Andersen ... Terri Talbot
Kario Salem ... John Simpson
William Schallert ... Cade
Richard Lawson ... Dr. Duran
Paddi Edwards ... Eve
Joyce Van Patten ... Helen Talbot
Eve Smith Eve Smith ... Mrs. Clark
Susan Ruttan ... Ms. Morgan
Danae Torn Danae Torn ... Floozie Girl
Janet Rotblatt ... Miss Seaver
John Zarchen ... Boy in Bar
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A hard-drinking family man has been successful in his business despite his alcoholism. His daughter, a professional, struggles to meet her father's high expectations while she becomes addicted to prescription drugs; his son, who works for him and who serves as both his whipping boy and his drinking buddy, is becoming an alcoholic like his dad. Then the father's drinking finally takes its toll on his health, and he demands that his son bring him liquor in the hospital as his son's life, and his daughter's, fall apart at home. Written by Morganalee

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 September 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aparências See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Excellent Learning Tool on Family Systems and Alcoholism
8 March 2005 | by ten123170See all my reviews

This movie is an excellent learning tool for family systems and alcoholism. All of the basic roles of an alcoholic and/or dysfunctional family are portrayed in this film: Alcoholic, Hero, Scapegoat, Mascot, Lost Child, Enabler. This film shows how alcoholism is a family illness and how all family members are affected by it. The film also shows how other family members may develop drug/alcohol problems and also act as enablers no matter what "main" role they play in the family. Andy Griffith and Keanu Reeves along with the rest of the cast do an excellent job in this made for TV film. I highly recommend this film to anyone who is interested in learning more about family systems and alcoholism and the affects it has on the family.


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