If There Be Thorns

Synopsis: It's the 1980s. Brother and sister Christopher Jr. and Cathy Dollanganger, a surgeon and ballet teacher respectively, are the product of an incestuous but loving relationship between their married parents, who were half-uncle to niece. Chris and Cathy are now married to each other, and live under the last name Sheffield, the surname of who ended up being their adoptive father. They managed to escape from their mother, born Corrine Foxworth, who once tried to kill them so that she could inherit her estranged father's vast estate. Corrine, who ultimately did inherit all the money, was eventually institutionalized following a mental breakdown. Cathy has two children, teenager Jory, whose biological father is now deceased ballet dancer Julian Marquet, and preteen Bart, whose biological father is now deceased Bart Winslow, Corrine's second husband. While Jory knows about Julian, Bart knows nothing about Bart Sr.; neither knows about Chris and Cathy's sibling relationship. Chris treats both
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Nancy Savoca
Production: A+E Studios
  2 nominations.
100 min


Hey! Freak-boy.

Have a nice trip!

See you next Fall!

Leave him alone, jerk-off.

Oh, or what?

You gonna kick my ass with some

ballet moves?

Hey, get a life! Moron.

Don't listen to them, okay, Bart?

Hey, Melodie and I are gonna go

for a hike.

I'll be home in a bit,

Don't tell mom and dad, okay?

See you at home, buddy.

Hey, Emma.

Hi, Dr. Sheffield.

Here's your mail.

Thank you.

Hey. Dad.

Hey, kiddo.

This kid on the bus--

Why don't you give us a second,

go inside and get a snack?

Thanks, buddy.

"Hello" to you, too, Bart!

Miss Cathy, is it my turn?


Why's she here again?

Bart, sweetie.

Her mom's in the hospital.

The cancer's come back so she

needs us right now.

Can't she stay with someone else?


Because there is no one else.

Don't eat too many cookies.

You'll spoil your appetite.

Okay, sweetie.

Show me what you did.

Stupid jocks.

See you tonight.

Emma tells me you've already

sold all the tickets for your show.

Yes, I have.

I really think it's gonna boost enrolment

in the studio.

You've already got a waiting list!

Well, I think that's because all the girls

are lining up to dance with

my very handsome assistant instructor.

Hey, peanut.

Your babysitter's outside.



-Say "Bye" to Miss Cathy.

-Bye, sweetie.

Bye, Miss Cathy.

See you tomorrow.

She's so cute.

Yes, she is.

Hey, Jory.

Where's your brother?

Oh, he's out in the treehouse, I'm sure.

Come on.

He's always in the treehouse.

He's 12.

Do you remember what you were

doing at that age?

I think I've totally forgotten.



Maybe I need a reminder.

Maybe I can help with that.


Hey, Bart?

Hey, you up there?

Where are you?

Come on, Clover, where is he?

Good boy.

Come on, Clover.


Got ya!

You scared the crap out of me!

Hey, I found your girlie magazines.

That's not mine.


Relax! I'm not gonna tell mom and dad.

Where'd you get it, though?

In the basement of the dracule house

next door.

Come and see.

Come on, clover.

Come on.

This place is really creepy.

I wonder if people died here,

and it's haunted.

Maybe that's why no one's bought it.

Hey, where are you taking me?

Oh, man. That's gross.

I know. How do you think they died?

Don't know.

Maybe they came in through the chimney

and got trapped.

No! Clover! Bad dog!

You okay?

Yeah. Man...

Get out of here!

Go home, you stupid mutt!

Hey, hey.

Looks pretty nasty.

As soon we get home,

You've got to led Dad clean it.

No! Don't tell Mom or Dad.

They'll wonder where I got it.

Come on. Let's get out of here.

What are you boys doing in here?

This is private property.

Do you know what happens to trespassers?

Nobody lives here.

They do now.

It's been bought.

I suggest you leave right now.

Yeah. Come on, Bart. Let's go.

I Just have to review

for my midterm next week,

and I'm set.

Good man.

What about you, Bart?

How'd you do on that geometry test?


Oh, come on. You know we have

a "No Secrets" policy in this family.

I got a "C"

Oh, Bart...

Now, now, that's okay.

I got some "C"s in my day.

You can work through that.

You just have to study more.

Right, Jory?

You know what I think would really

help me work hard?

Is if I had a pet python to help

keep me company

while I study.

Again, no.

Nice try, though.

Honey, no, I'm not having those

things in my house.

Don't they eat mice and rats?

Oh, by the way, I heard that someone's

moving in next door.

-They are?


It's about time.

I hope they fix that place up.

As it is, it's really hurting our

property values.

I'm sure they will.

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