Before and After

Before and After

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

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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: 03/05/2019
UPC: 0738329229467
Original Release: 1996
Rating: PG-13
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Region Code: A
Time: 1:48:00

Special Features

Audio commentary by director Barbet Schroeder and editor Lee Percy; Theatrical trailer

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
Timothy Patrick 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

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