Before and After

Synopsis: When teenage son Jacob is being accused of murdering his girlfriend, the well-respected and close-knit Ryan family is in turmoil. Jacob flees, father Ben destroys possible evidence, the village community turns hostile and mother Carolyn is forced to temporarily close her doctor's practice. Then Jacob gets arrested and soon finds himself and his family entangled in a web of truth, trust and lies, all on his way to court.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director(s): Barbet Schroeder
Production: Disney
Rotten Tomatoes:
108 min

been a misunderstanding.

We'll explain later, okay?

- Wait a minute, you can't do this.

- Do what?

You can't go snooping around

in someone else's car.

Legally, that's my car.

You do not have a search warrant.

Wait, I'm sure there's some very simple

explanation for all of this.

Jacob and the Taverner girl

must have separated somehow

before this even happened.

Maybe he just dropped her off somewhere.

Maybe she got out of the car, walked away.

There's a thousand different...

Fran, how do we know he's all right?

Maybe some madman did something

to both of them.

Maybe Jacob's hurt or he's kidnapped.

Oh, my God.

Carolyn, for his own sake,

that car might give us some answers.


You're his parents, you want to protect him.

I got kids, too.

Ben, is there something that you know

that you're not telling me?

- How 'bout it, Judith? Do you know...

- Hey!

Off limits!

Leave her out of this, okay?

I'll tell you what I know.

I know my son.

- He's just helping us find him, darling.

- I don't want it to be like this.

But if I have to, I will go find Judge Grady

and I will get a search warrant.

- Yeah, well, you do that!

- It's okay.

Sweetie, you looked upstairs?

You sure? You looked every place?

We should've let him look in the car, Ben.

The hell we should have. Not without

a lawyer telling me I have to.

We've got rights here.

And wherever he is, whatever he did,

Jacob has rights too.

We have to take this

one step at a time, okay?

You and I will look in the house.

Top to bottom.

- I'll check out the garage and studio.

- If he's not there, we'll call his friends.

Carolyn, better call Wendell, too.

Oh, no.

Oh, Jake.

I know that, Wendell.


- Wait, wait.

When Fran comes back,

we'll be perfectly...

I know it's a small town,

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Ted Tally

Ted Tally (born April 9, 1952) is an American playwright and screenwriter. A graduate of Yale, he has received awards including the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, the Writers Guild of America Award, the Chicago Film Critics Award, and the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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