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Before and After Movie Review Summary

Actors: Meryl Streep, Liam Neeson, Edward Furlong, Alfred Molina, John Heard

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BEFORE AND AFTER is a movie directed by Barbet Schroeder in 1995.

A young girl has been found murdered in the woods and the police believes that Jacob Ryan (Furlong), her 16 years old boy-friend, did it. Jacob has disappeared and his father Ben (Neeson) finds a bloody jack and incriminating evidence in the trunk of his son's car. Ben destroys the evidence.
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A few days later, Jacob is arrested and the Ryans ask Panos Demeris to be Jacob's lawyer. Jacob refuses at first to talk about the events but he finally avows his responsibility in his girlfriend's death to his parents. Martha Taverner and Jacob had a fight and the young man pushed Martha who accidentally fell right on the jack and died. Now Carolyn Ryan would like Jacob to tell the truth to the judge but, as there aren't any direct proofs against his son, Ben doesn't want to run the risk; the Grand Jury could refuse to believe Jacob's version of Martha's death.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler



Script Analysis of Before and After

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 50% Time/Era of Movie:    -   1980's-1999 Legal/Political Thriller?    -   Yes Legal Thriller Plotlets:    -   finding out whether someone is really guilty

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   artist Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Forest?    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   hostile, like Gomer Pyle on steroids Misc setting    -   prison

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately messy visuals of dead Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   sex under blankets Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--swords/knives Is this movie based on a    -   book

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