Loved this film!
D. M. Annunziata | Dallas, Texas United States | 05/28/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a made for TV movie based on the novel of the same name written by Jonathan Kellerman. Ted Danson is great as Dr. Alex Delaware, but Richard Masur is perfect as Detective Milo Sturgis. I mean, his hair is more red than black and he's a couple inches too short, but still - so perfect.
It follows the book fairly closely and starts with the trial of a notorious pedaphile. Dr. Alex Delaware is the child psychologist assigned to help threat the traumatized victims and when the defendant (out on bail) commits suicide in his office, the whole thing is too much for Alex and he retires.
Retirement is taking it's toll, though - Alex is a mess, so his pal Detective Milo Sturgis figures getting him involved in another case will help get him out of his funk. Well, it works too damned well and he has created a Police Consultant monster as Alex goes off on his own investigating and stepping on toes and making Milo's life a little more
difficult in the bargain.
It's a nasty tale of big shot perversion and Alex digs deep enough to endanger his own life. Can Milo get to him in time to save him?
The ending is a little different than the book and I haven't decided yet which I like better.
It's a nice little film - I really like the fact that it's not condescending - it doesn't explain everything in neat little sound bytes - you might have to think a little bit on your own to figure everything out, which means you might realize something new each time you watch it. The chemistry between Alex and Milo and between Milo and his lover Rick
is just too damned cute."
ALEX DELAWARE -- EARLY DAYS
Laurel-Rain Snow "Rain" | Fresno, California | 04/18/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Since I'm an avid Jonathan Kellerman fan, especially for those books that feature Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis, I just had to have this DVD.
I don't think I ever saw this movie before, even though it came out in the eighties, and I can't even remember reading this book. Probably one I missed, although there are references to this story in later books.
Fast-paced and intriguing, I so enjoyed watching Ted Danson and Richard Masur play the dynamic crime-fighting team. Like many other books by Kellerman, this one ends with this mighty duo solving the mystery and putting the bad guys away (in one form or another!).
In some ways, the Alex Delaware character seemed more outside the bounds of the law than he does in later works. I'm thinking that he is still a novice, at this point.
I also enjoyed seeing Alex's home in the hills, a feature in the books that I've only imagined until now.
When The Bough Breaks is definitely a captivating film.