|When the Bough Breaks|
|Based on|| When the Bough Breaks |
by Jonathan Kellerman
|Written by||Phil Penningroth|
|Directed by||Waris Hussein|
|Starring|| Ted Danson |
|Music by||Paul Chihara|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Executive producers||Ted Danson|
|Producers|| Rick Husky |
Kenneth R. Koch (co-producer)
|Running time||100 min.|
|Production companies|| TDF Productions |
Taft Entertainment Television
|Original release||October 12, 1986|
When the Bough Breaks is a 1986 television film directed by Waris Hussein and starring Ted Danson. The screenplay by Phil Penningroth was adapted from Jonathan Kellerman's 1985 novel of the same name. Danson, who also co-produced, plays the crime-solving forensic psychologist Alex Delaware, a character who appears in a series of novels by Kellerman.
Alex Delaware, a Los Angeles psychiatrist, testifies for the prosecution in the trial of an accused child molester. Later the defendant, who is out on bail, is found dead in the psychiatrist's office, in what appears to be a suicide. Shaken, the psychiatrist moves to the mountains outside of L.A. Not long afterwards a detective he knows, Milo Sturgis, comes to him for help. A seven-year-old girl saw someone kill both of her parents, but is so traumatized by the event that she can't remember anything, and Sturgis wants the doctor to help: Alex agrees, and the two go on the trail of the real perpetrators.
A 1986 New York Times review said that, after a "properly taut start", "the solution to the mystery becomes apparent early on and that leaves the movie...tumbling rapidly into ever more unbelievable situations".Jeff Jarvis of People magazine called When the Bough Breaks "a nice, tight, tense little murder mystery" with "some neatly shocking scenes".
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