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4.2 out of 5 stars 64 customer reviews

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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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  • 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
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  • 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 (64 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000784WWW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,148 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Darkness Before Dawn" on IMDb

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By barry VINE VOICE on 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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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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I was trying to count how many pajamas Meredith was wearing on this show but lost it. So obviously 80's with styles like a tan. It was like? does anyone have a tan nowadays? odd that I noticed it.

A little disjointed because after she collapsed at the hospital after shooting up in the utility room, um...did she lose her job then? Where did they get the money to support themselves? And aw, geez, having a baby while they were still shooting up....didn't they notice that the baby was having withdrawals if he was crying all the time? eww....makes me sick.

Just absolutely sick. I gave it 4 stars because if it makes me sick, it is a fairly good movie.
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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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holy crap! so i wasn't sure how i might like this movie but since i've been through the methadone program, i was somewhat interested. well im glad i took the time!! very powerful n a very interesting take. this movie reminds you the seemingly normal people can have very dark things going on inside of them. sometimes its the person you would least expect. another thing i liked about this story is how unique i think it is. at first i thought, this is jus some junky dude trying to find some poor lady to leech off of. i thought, once the going gets tough, he will gone. but as the movie progresses, you learn that they really did love each other, its jus hard sharing your love when you are addicted to heroin. i wasnt sure what to expect for an ending and although it wasnt a dramatic ending, it was heart warming. some times when you love someone, you have to jus step back n let them save themselves. this movie was not what i expected n thats what made me give it a 5 star rating. worth watching!!!
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