When the Bough Breaks

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  • NR
  • 1986
  • 1 hr 36 min
  • 6.8  (1,002)

When the Bough Breaks is a dramatic thriller movie that was released in 1986. The movie tells the story of a couple named Karen and Larry, who have been searching for a surrogate mother to carry their child. They finally find a young woman named Hattie, who they believe is perfect for the job. Hattie is played by Rachel Ticotin, and she is a troubled young woman with a history of mental illness. Karen and Larry are initially unaware of Hattie's problems, and they are excited to welcome her into their home. However, as time goes on, they begin to notice some strange behavior from Hattie.

Karen is played by Meg Ryan, and she becomes increasingly uneasy as Hattie starts to become more possessive of the unborn child. Larry, played by Ted Danson, tries to dismiss Karen's concerns, but he too starts to realize that something is not quite right with Hattie.

As the due date approaches, Hattie's behavior becomes increasingly erratic, and Karen and Larry start to fear for their safety. They try to distance themselves from Hattie, but she becomes more and more determined to keep their baby.

The tension builds throughout the movie, and there are several twists and turns that keep the audience on the edge of their seats. The performances by the cast are strong, particularly Rachel Ticotin as the unstable Hattie.

Richard Masur plays Dr. Frankenthal, the psychiatrist who treats Hattie. He provides some insight into Hattie's condition, but ultimately, he is unable to prevent the inevitable.

Overall, When the Bough Breaks is a gripping thriller that explores themes of obsession, motherhood, and mental illness. It is a well-crafted movie that is sure to keep audiences engaged from start to finish.

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    1 hr 36 min
  • IMDB Rating
    6.8  (1,002)