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Darkness Before Dawn (1993)

Meredith Baxter , Stephen Lang , John Patterson  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Meredith Baxter, Stephen Lang
  • Directors: John Patterson
  • Writers: Karen Hall
  • Producers: Meredith Baxter, Diana Kerew, Judith A. Polone
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Fisher Klingenstein Films
  • DVD Release Date: May 3, 2005
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000784WWW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,410 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Darkness Before Dawn" on IMDb

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As a child Mary Ann Thompson (Meredith Baxter) often found herself the object of her abusive father's vicious temper and mean-spirited games. As a caring, single mother working as a nurse, she doesn't seem to bear the scars of her troubled childhood...or so it seems. However, the ready supply of drugs at the clinic where she works proves to be the crutch she needs. She begins to constantly seek refuge in a drug-induced euphoria and her life quickly spirals downward.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Meredith Baxter Shines October 18, 2008
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Meredith Baxter is one of the best dramatic television actresses ever to be on tv. She showed this beginning with her portrayal of Nancy on the highly acclaimded series FAMILY. Many know her for her turn as mom on FAMILY TIES but this show, though great, was a waste of her capabilities. This television movie DARKNESS BEFORE DAWN is an excellent example of what she is capable of.

This is not your typical television movie fare. This is a movie about addiction, how it can encompass and destroy your life and how hard recovery can be. It starts innocently enough. Meredith plays Mary Anne a nurse at a methodone clinic and after much persistence by one of the patients Guy (Stephen Lang) she goes on a date with him. He appears to have it together and seems to have some sobriety under his belt. They become a couple and eventually Mary Anne decides to experimemt and is also asked by Guy to steal drugs from the clinic. How this progression happens is very realistically shown.

Further plot line is unnecessary and would ruin the impact of this film for the viewer. Asddiction is a very serious illness and there are so many movies that merely use the subject for over the top drama. This film is so well researched and the process of getting to the point of addict, all an addict will do to get their fix and how their morals/ personality changes is expertly told. The danger of addiction is not lost in any way as the drama unfolds. The film gets very intense and with the high quality acting it has it is as if you are watching a documentary about addicts - they are so believable.

Meredith Baxter becomes Mary Anne here so fully it is a definite Emmy worthy performance. Stephen Lang is also superb.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive Relationship... December 24, 2013
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In DARKNESS BEFORE DAWN Meredith Baxter plays Mary Anne, a nurse at a Methadone clinic. She meets a recovering addict named Guy (Stephen Lang), and eventually marries him. He seems sincere in his efforts to stop using Heroin. Predictably, it's just not that simple. Guy meets an "old friend" and $10,000.00 suddenly goes missing from Mary Anne's life-savings. Then, Guy steals from his new job at a movie theater. Yep, he's back on the junk! Meanwhile, we discover that Mary Anne has a few dark secrets of her own! Haunted by violent childhood memories, she's been "medicating" herself at her new hospital job. Then, while at a party, Mary Ann gets Guy to shoot her up w/ Heroin. Both she and Guy spiral into a drug-fueled hell. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that Mary Anne gets pregnant. This would be great news, if the parents weren't in the throes of addiction. I also forgot to mention that Mary Anne already has a daughter, and judging by their neglect of her, things could get ugly. They do. Will they be able to overcome their addictions, and get their lives back before it's too late? DBD is a fairly raw depiction of the horrors of drug dependency. Baxter is fantastic in her self-destructive role. Movies such as this usually suffer from a high cheeeze-factor. I was surprised by the low level of unintentional humor. Highly recommended...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Darkness Before Dawn April 1, 2006
By CandErS
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This is a movie about a nurse who meets a patient at rehab where she works, and decides to go out with him and well things just go down hill from there. He is unstable and can't find a job. Moves in with her and becomes untrustworthy. She's not the "all too clean" nurse that we'd all like to think, that's she's protraying to be-including to her new post rehab boyfriend. Good ol Meredith Baxter she always plays those "crazy" parts so well!!

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4.0 out of 5 stars Recovery CAN happen... February 12, 2014
By Onnie
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This was a great movie. 'Darkness Before Dawn' is an understatement in regards to content of this movie. Addiction can be so cruel and unforgiving to those who aren't willing to go through the DARKNESS to get to the DAWN. Meredith Baxter, as always, is an astonishing actress. I have always loved her performances. Here, she delivers a stellar performance of an addict and the struggle to stay clean. It's hard to not empathize with each character. There are no 'villains' here, just good people who make the wrong choices. 'Darkness Before Dawn' is a great movie. I definitely recommend it to those who are struggling with addiction, and for those who have never been down the dark road of addiction. This movie will stop you in your tracks and make you think twice about the misleading saying, "Oh, just one hit won't hurt me." YES......it will.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Traumatized Nurse January 30, 2014
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As a child Mary Ann Thompson (Meredith Baxter) often found herself the object of her abusive father's vicious temper and mean-spirited games. As a caring, single mother working as a nurse, she doesn't seem to bear the scars of her troubled childhood...or so it seems.

However, the ready supply of drugs at the clinic where she works proves to be the crutch she needs. She begins to constantly seek refuge in a drug-induced euphoria and her life quickly spirals downward.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I was good the acting was good the story was good and probably could have been true if it wasnt a true story. An in depth look at drug addiction and how it can destroy a life I felt for their child most of all. So sad what drugs have done to this country.
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4.0 out of 5 stars but a good story about addiction
An older Lifetime movie, but a good story about addiction.
Published 2 months ago by Elizabeth McCormack
4.0 out of 5 stars I Did It So I Would Look Like You, Mommy!
I remember seeing this several years ago, and this was one of the first movies I searched on Amazon. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jewel Schultz
4.0 out of 5 stars overall good movie
It's a good movie...a little unrealistic at times. For example, they don't cook their heroin before injecting it etc. but it's based on a true story. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Misty
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
The movie had a real topic. Most people would not be honest about that kind of subject. It also had a wonderful ending.
Published 7 months ago by Mrsgale
4.0 out of 5 stars VERY GOOD MADE-FOR-TV MOVIE
This is a decent, made for TV movie. Meredith Baxter does a realistic performance of the alcoholic drug addict. The other characters, however, are mediocre, at best
Published 7 months ago by TalkerCat
3.0 out of 5 stars Darkness Before Dawn
A good movie with plenty of action and little inappropriateness. It was interesting and held my attention throughout.. I enjoyed it.
Published 8 months ago by RLST
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Meredith Baxter has always been a fav actress of mine. I have seen this movie a few times over the years. Would highly recommend.
Published 8 months ago by SM
5.0 out of 5 stars really really great movie
really really good movie I like Meredith Baxter she's an excellent actress in everything she does arrived on time and in good condition a must see movie
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Stupid movie
This movie was so stupid that I have already forgotten most of it. The acting was bad, the woman was too old to have a baby, the father was a dweeb, and the rest of it was poorly... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Merle H. Schmidt
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