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A Killer in the Family (1983)
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A Killer in the Family (1983)

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Having been sentenced to two life sentences for murder, Gary Tison (Robert Mitchum) finds himself moved to a low security prison due to his good behaviour where he is able to have picnics with his family.

It is there he plays the doting father who is especially proud of son Donny (James Spader) who is studying law at college and encourages him to keep studying. What Donny doesn’t realise is that his father has talked his younger brothers Ricky (Eric Stoltz) and Ray (Lance Kerwin) into breaking him and cell-mate Randy Greenawalt (Stuart Margolin).

When Donny discovers what they are up to he agrees to help out as long as no one gets hurt except after successfully busting Gary and Randy out of prison the two criminals return to type and brutally murder a family when they take their car. Whilst Ricky and Ray tow the line in fear of their father, Donny is less willing to do as he is ordered as he begins to see his father’s true colours.

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Gary Gene Tison @ Murderpedia

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