In A Quiet Night

  • 2000
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama, Thriller

Despite the fact that Dr. Wolcott, (Tom Irwin), a widower, stands accused of sexually abusing his own daughter Dinah (Alexandra Kyle), the court must follow legal guidelines by temporarily returning her to his custody. However, Dinah runs away and hides in the closet of court-appointed attorney Joey Amos (Claire Rankin), who risks her career by skipping...read more

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Despite the fact that Dr. Wolcott, (Tom Irwin), a widower, stands accused of sexually abusing his own daughter Dinah (Alexandra Kyle), the court must follow legal guidelines by temporarily returning her to his custody. However, Dinah runs away and hides in the closet of court-appointed attorney Joey Amos (Claire Rankin), who risks her career by skipping town with the frightened runaway. Not content to diddle his underage maid Alicia (Olivia Rosewood), Dr. Wolcott hires a P.I. named Gold (Joe Spano) to track down his fugitive child. After a stopover at her estranged sister's place, where her brother-in-law promptly puts the make on her, Joey runs out of options. Fortunately, a sympathetic local sheriff, Hayes (Julian McMahon), offers a backwoods refuge. Although Alicia tips off Gold about Wolcott's guilt, the doctor won't let him quit. What happens when Wolcott grabs Dinah in the forest? Can Joey expect the sheriff to keep breaking the law? Concentrating on the suspense potential of keeping an innocent child out of harm's way, this pallid social problem drama doesn't adequately address the ethical or legal dilemmas it raises. But even on its own pseudo-genre terms, it's hampered by the protagonist's implausible behavior — to say nothing of her out-of-left-field romance with the sheriff — which seems less driven by conscience than the exigencies of the screenplay. Fortunately, Kyle is a superb, understated young actress, and Irwin is creepy-crawly as the incestuous control freak.

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  • Released: 2000
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Despite the fact that Dr. Wolcott, (Tom Irwin), a widower, stands accused of sexually abusing his own daughter Dinah (Alexandra Kyle), the court must follow legal guidelines by temporarily returning her to his custody. However, Dinah runs away and hides in… (more)

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