Entertainment Weekly - 03/22/1996
"...[Hannah and Carradine are] viciously feral..." -- Rating: B
A young couple adopts a young girl and the family is complete and content -- until the girl's biological parents, who are both ruthless criminals, show up to take the little girl back.
Description by Buena Vista Home Entertainment:
The Tie That Binds
Daryl Hannah (MY FAVORITE MARTIAN) leads an all-star cast in THE TIE THAT BINDS -- the latest spellbinding thriller from the producers of THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE! When a childless couple (Moira Kelly -- WITH HONORS and Vincent Spano -- ALIVE) adopts an abandoned little girl, they discover a happiness they have never known before. But their new family is violently shattered when the girl's natural parents -- a dangerous pair of outlaws -- (Hannah, and Keith Carradine -- ANDRE) reapppear to claim what's theirs! It's heart-stopping thrills as one couple is forced to fight for their lives against another who will stop at nothing to take their daughter back!
When criminals John and Leann flee from the scene of a crime, they leave their young daughter Janie behind. Luckily for the child, yuppie couple Russell and Dana gladly bring the girl into their home, and consider adopting her. But Janie's lowlife parents want their daughter back, so they set out to reclaim the girl, killing anyone in their way. This sets the stage for a brutal confrontation between the two sets of parents, the result of which will affect Janie's life forever.