Circle of Violence: A Family Drama

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Circle of Violence: A Family Drama
Circle of Violence VHS cover.jpg
Tuesday Weld and Geraldine Fitzgerald
Directed by David Greene
Produced by Sheldon Pinchuk
Bill Finnegan
Patricia Finnegan
Deborah Moore
Gerald Rafshoon
Written by William Wood
Starring Tuesday Weld
Geraldine Fitzgerald
Peter Bonerz
River Phoenix
Philip Sterling
Zoaunne Leroy
Ellen Travolta
Sue Giosa
Music by Gil Mellé
Cinematography Stevan Larner
Edited by David Campling
Distributed by CBS
Release date
October 12, 1986
Running time
90 min.
Country United States
Language English

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.


Georgia Benfield (Tuesday Weld) is at a difficult place in her life; her husband, Pete (Peter Bonerz) has left her for a younger woman, her teenage son, Chris (River Phoenix) is unmanageable, and she's struggling financially when her widowed mother, Charlotte (Geraldine Fitzgerald) 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.


Actor Role
Tuesday Weld Georgia Benfield
Geraldine Fitzgerald Charlotte Kessling
Peter Bonerz Pete Benfield
River Phoenix Chris Benfield
Philip Sterling Jim McLane
Zoaunne LeRoy Florence McLane
Ellen Travolta Marion
Sue Giosa Dr. Kalmeir
Christina Maria Hutter Addie Benfield
Bradley Lieberman Mark
Jeannie Dougherty Neighbor
Jeanette Miller Woman Singer
Adele Gilbert Mrs. Edwards
Jamie Jameson Boy


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. Retrieved 2011-01-18. 
  2. ^ "1987 Wise Owl Awards". Retirement Research Foundation. Retrieved 2011-01-18. 

External links[edit]