Circle of Violence: A Family Drama

Circle of Violence: A Family Drama (also known as Circle of Violence: A Family on the Edge or simply Circle of Violence) is a 1986 CBS television movie. Directed by David Greene and starring Tuesday Weld, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Peter Bonerz and River Phoenix, the film tells the tragic story of the seldom addressed issue of elder parent abuse.

Circle of Violence: A Family Drama
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Tuesday Weld and Geraldine Fitzgerald
Written byWilliam Wood
Directed byDavid Greene
StarringTuesday Weld
Geraldine Fitzgerald
Peter Bonerz
River Phoenix
Philip Sterling
Zoaunne Leroy
Ellen Travolta
Sue Giosa
Music byGil Mellé
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producersBill Finnegan
Patricia Finnegan
ProducersSheldon Pinchuk
Deborah Moore
Gerald Rafshoon
CinematographyStevan Larner
EditorDavid Campling
Running time90 min.
Production companiesLorimar Television
Telepictures Productions
Original networkCBS
Picture formatColor
Audio formatMono
Original releaseOctober 12, 1986 (1986-10-12)


Georgia Benfield is at a difficult place in her life; her husband, Pete, has left her for a younger woman, her teenage son, Chris, is unmanageable, and she's struggling financially when her widowed mother, Charlotte, moves in. Amid juggling a new full-time job, raising two children, and her failing marriage, the constant bickering between mother and daughter continues as it has ever since Georgia was a child.

Finally, at her wit's end, Georgia loses control and begins physically abusing her elderly mother, just as Georgia had been abused herself as a child. As family and friends slowly begin to learn of the abuse, and long buried family secrets come to light, both mother and daughter must learn to accept the past, to change what is happening at present, in order to face a better future.



Year Award Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
1986–1987 Young Artist Award Best Television Family Special, Movie of the Week or Variety Show Circle of Violence Nominated [1]
Best Young Actress in a Family Special, Movie of the Week or Variety Show Christina Maria Hutter Nominated [1]
1987 Retirement Research Foundation
Wise Owl Award
Television and Theatrical Film Fiction Sheldon Pinchuk
Bill Finnegan
Patricia Finnegan
Deborah Moore
Gerald Rafshoon
Honorable mention [2]


  1. ^ a b "9th Annual Young Artist Awards". Young Artist Awards. Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2011-01-18.
  2. ^ "1987 Wise Owl Awards". Retirement Research Foundation. Retrieved 2011-01-18.

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