Child in the Night (1990)


In Seattle, nine-year-old Luke Winfield is the only witness to his father’s murder at the hands of a rain-slicker-wearing killer with a cargo hook. However, the boy fantasizes the murderer as Captain Hook, in an escape from the traumatic reality. Detective T. Bass, who is in charge of the investigation enlists child psychologist, Dr. Hollis who’s failed marriage was caused by her inability to have children. While getting closer to Luke she has an affair with Bass. She also discovers some troubling family secrets ensuring she is next to be slain.

Director: Mike Robe.
Stars: JoBeth Williams, Tom Skerritt, Season Hubley, Mike Pniewski, Tim Choate, Elijah Wood, Darren McGavin, Stephen Godwin, Karen Trumbo, John Aylward, Laura Langwell, Don Hohenstein, J.R. Knotts, Thom Bray, John Procaccino.


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  1. August 17, 2019

    Another tough to find made-for-television movie, again interesting from an historic viewpoint but little else except for being one of Elijah Wood’s earliest appearances. Skerritt & JoBeth Williams solid as ever but the hackneyed script is formulaic & problematic, made more for thrills than any human insight.

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