Doing Time on Maple Drive

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Doing Time on Maple Drive
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DVD cover
Genre Drama
Distributed by Fox Broadcasting Company
Directed by Ken Olin
Produced by Wayne Hanks (producer)
Paul Lussier (producer)
Gina Scheerer (supervising producer)
Written by James Duff
Starring James Sikking
Bibi Besch
William McNamara
Jayne Brook
David Byron
Lori Loughlin
Jim Carrey
Music by Laura Karpman
Cinematography Bing Sokolsky
Editing by Elba Sanchez-Short
Production company FNM Films
Country United States
Language English
Original channel Fox Broadcasting Company
Release date March 16, 1992
Running time 92 min.

Doing Time on Maple Drive is a 1992 made-for-television drama film. Written by James Duff and directed by Ken Olin, the film stars James Sikking, Bibi Besch, William McNamara, Jayne Brook, David Byron, Lori Loughlin and Jim Carrey in an early rare dramatic role at the time.

Synopsis[edit]

Doing Time on Maple Drive centers on the Carter family. Father Phil (Sikking) is a successful local restaurateur, married for many years to Lisa (Besch). They have three grown children, Karen (Brook), Tim (Carrey) and Matt (McNamara). Karen is married to Tom (Byron), Tim works in his father's restaurant and Matt is a college student. Matt returns from college and introduces the family to his fiancée, Allison (Loughlin).

Matt is injured after crashing his car; he returns home to recuperate. As he recovers, the family is revealed to be almost completely dysfunctional. Tim is an alcoholic. Matt's car crash was a suicide attempt brought on by the pressure of being gay and closeted from his conservative parents and lying about Allison's breaking their engagement because of it. Lisa is in deep denial about all of the problems family members are facing.

Karen's husband Tom learns that Karen is pregnant and that she is so terrified of bringing a child into a family situation like hers that she's considering having an abortion without telling him. Tom angrily confronts her father Phil, declaring that while Phil may be destroying his own family he won't allow Phil to destroy his. He takes Karen away. Matt confronts his parents, including telling his mother that he knows she already knows he is gay after having walked in on him and another boy. Lisa continues to struggle with denial, but Phil begins to take tentative steps toward understanding.

Cast[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Doing Time on Maple Drive was nominated for three Emmy Awards: Duff for outstanding writing for a miniseries or special; outstanding made for television movie; and Besch for outstanding supporting actress in a miniseries or special.

DVD release[edit]

Doing Time on Maple Drive was released on Region 1 DVD on September 7, 2004.

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