- Rated: R
- Run Time: 2 hours, 6 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: February 15, 2000
- Originally Released: 1994
- Label: Walt Disney Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
- Dolby Surround - English
- Stereo - French
- Additional Release Material:
- Interactive Features:
- Scene Access
- Interactive Menus
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Rolling Stone - 05/19/1994
"...Surprisingly gripping....Ryan and Garcia achieve a rare and remarkable poignancy..."
USA Today - 04/29/1994
"...Good acting, grown-up material....Superbly acted exchanges..."
Variety - 04/25/1994
"...It's a first class production, accentuated by fine performances and an unflinching script....Ryan has one of those rollercoaster roles that demands attention..."
Los Angeles Times - 04/29/1994
"...Garcia and especially Ryan have worked extremely hard on their performances, with excellent results..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 05/06/1994
"...It's fresh and original in the way it sees its characters..."
A picture-perfect family, full of love and passion for life, is threatened by the wife's dependence on alcohol in this heart-wrenching drama. In the end, it may take more than they can give to overcome their shared struggles.
Imagine a picture perfect family: a dashing pilot father, two beautiful daughters, and a loving guidance counselor mother. There's just one rub: Mom's got a perfectly hidden drinking problem. Suddenly a boating accident brings the family's secret into the open. The mother struggles first to conceal and then confront her alcoholism, finally entering a rehabilitation clinic. While his wife heals, the husband has to hold his family together and recognize his role in her addiction.
- Shot in Technicolor and on location in Los Angeles and San Francisco, California.
- In Dolby stereo.
- Began shooting May 17, 1993, completed August 8, 1993.
- Alan J. Pakula was originally set to direct but left in 1992 over creative differences.
- Copyright Touchstone Pictures.
- Rated BBFC 15 by the British Board of Film Classification.