Gordon Williams and his wife, Kate Williams, are suburban Californian parents with two sons, Bryan and Keith. While Keith is more of a chipper, sporty extrovert who looks up to his father, Bryan is quiet, shy, nerdy and bookish, leaving him at odds with his father, who openly expresses favouritism towards Keith. Bryan looks up to Gordon as well, but has trouble expressing this; in the absence of his father's love, he finds solace in the praise of a kind-hearted male science teacher who stands up for him after he twists his ankle while playing baseball as the other players taunt him, including Keith, who is on the team. At home after losing the game, Bryan angrily tosses a baseball at Keith, who fails to catch the ball and then tattles on Bryan for "hitting" him. Bryan is punished without question. Keith openly berates Bryan for failing to win the baseball game, and mocks him for his failure to fit in with the family.
Hoping to bring the dysfunctional family together, Gordon and Kate rent a summer cottage on the lake, which bothers Bryan, who is afraid of water after a childhood accident in which he nearly drowned. As a result, Gordon takes Keith out alone on a canoe and Keith mocks Bryan for his inability to swim. Kate comforts Bryan and tries to convince him that his father still loves him but has trouble expressing it, which Bryan doubts, pointing out that his father has always been able to express love, pride and affection for Keith. Later that day, Gordon and Kate drive into town for supplies, leaving the two brothers at the cottage to play. Keith taunts Bryan about his fear of water, and Bryan runs out in the canoe, only for Keith to follow him. Keith mocks Bryan again about how he isn't good at anything, and a mischievous Bryan bets Keith that he can't swim for more than a few minutes straight. Keith tries to prove him wrong by swimming without a lifejacket, but he quickly grows tired and wants help getting back on the boat. As a joke, Bryan reaches his hands out but fails to pull Keith up as he splashes around. He pokes fun at Keith for being scared, unaware that Keith is not as good of a swimmer has he bragged about. When Gordon and Kate return to the cottage, they find that Bryan has rowed back to shore and called the police, and that Keith has drowned on the lake. Gordon sobs hysterically and hugs Keith's corpse, and the parents are made to take Bryan to a local sheriff's station for questioning. Bryan breaks down and admits to letting Keith die, and is kept in juvenile detention as a result. It is advised by Bryan's psychologist that the family partake in counselling, but Gordon refuses, furious with Bryan and concerned about what the neighbours will think when he realizes that Kate is telling people about the incident on the lake. Bryan is kept on house arrest until his court trial, and he tries to asphyxiate himself in the family car, only for Kate to rescue him.
It is decided that Bryan can return home for good only if his family gets the necessary counselling to deal with the incident. During the counselling sessions, Gordon admits to favouriting Keith over Bryan, an act that he now realizes was child abuse, and that his physical and mental treatment of Bryan had been abusive, as well. He also reveals that his own childhood upbringing was unpleasant and cruel, which may have influenced how he raised his two sons. When Bryan is finally allowed to return home, Gordon apologizes to Bryan outside the courthouse for the way he treated him, and while awkward, this newfound interaction with his father causes Bryan to smile.
I can still remember watching (and even taping) this movie back in 1987 (though I don't think I have it on tape anymore). As you said, it's a downer of a movie, but yet for me it was very compelling. I've been a credit-reader since childhood, so I remember this as the first place I ever remember seeing Brent Spiner, long before he was best known as Data. I also remember lines from a psychologist brought in to help the family, especially the dad, talk through the resulting mess. Dad, in describing his 2 sons, said something like "Keith was always pleasing people. Bryan fought me every step of the way.". The psychologist said something back to him that's stuck with me since then: "Children aren't here to please us.". Although I'm not a parent myself, I think that's something parents, and anyone who knows them, should remember.
Whether we are immediately aware of it is not the issue. For instance, when Adam and Eve sinned, their decline into death began immediately, regardless of whether they were physically aware of any deterioration of their health. Cain immediately became a vagabond separated from his family roots. The only real difference between the carrying out of the death penalty between Adam and Eve and Nadab and Abihu is the effect God desired to create by His immediate, shocking display of severity.
Following King Saul's paranoia-driven reign, God showed His goodness to Israel by raising up David, a man after His own heart, to rule over Israel. Yet, then David committed a disastrous double sin by entering into adultery with Bathsheba and deliberately bringing about the death of the loyal Uriah. God mercifully forgave the sins, but that does not mean there was no painful punishment laid on David and his family. God's severity against David and his family was hard and long. First, the son born of that illicit union died shortly after his birth. Later, David's firstborn son, Amnon, raped his own half-sister, Tamar. Tamar's brother, Absalom, seeking revenge, killed Amnon and fled from David, not seeing him for two years.
Then Absalom revolted against David in his desire to take over the throne. Absalom arrogantly proceeded to defile David's concubines in the sight of all Israel. Several thousand were killed in this revolt, and eventually, Absalom himself was killed by Joab. The family's pain did not stop even then, washing over into Solomon's reign when he put Adonijah to death because he sought political power by asking for Abishag's hand in marriage.
David was a man of blood, as God Himself mentions, but his children carried a moral cancer until death stopped them. Have we ever noticed how much deceit and illicit sex was involved in David's family's sins? God was not present in that family's life as He had once been. He could have stepped in at any time and stopped the holocaust ripping through David's family, but He did not. Living as they did, despite being the progeny of a man God greatly loved, they felt the severity of His judgments.
SUNDAY National Geographic Explorer (WTBS/cable, 9-11 p.m.): Short documentaries for the whole family, including one on Bikini atoll, and an update on explorations of the site of the sunken Titanic. Family Sins (CBS, 9-11 p.m.): Original family tragedy with James Farentino and Jill Eikenberry. The Passage of Gifts (PBS, 10:30-11 p.m.): Premi`ere of five-part series, ``Make Prayers to the Raven,'' exploring how traditional values guide day-to-day lives of Alaska's Athabascan Indians.
MONDAY The Phantom of the Opera (Arts & Ent. cable, 8-9:30 p.m.): The original 1925 Lon Chaney film scarer. See it before the new musical version arrives from London. The Storyteller (NBC, 8:30-9 p.m.): John Hurt tells a family-oriented tale of a boy who set out to find what fear is. Drive, She Said (PBS, 10-10:30 p.m.): Original drama in ``Trying Times,'' an original drama-comedy series celebrating the humor of coping with life's changes.
In a statement, Woods said: "I have let my family down and I regret those transgressions with all of my heart. I have not been true to my values and the behaviour my family deserves."I am not without faults and I am far short of perfect. I am dealing with my behaviour and personal failings behind closed doors with my family."
Woods said: "Personal sins should not require press releases and problems within a family shouldn't have to mean public confessions."Whatever regrets I have about letting my family down have been shared with and felt by us alone. I have given this a lot of reflection and thought and I believe that there is a point at which I must stick to that principle even though it's difficult.
Peak, Stephanie Allison, "Sins of the Father: An Investigation into Judgments and Processes Involved in Within-family Tainting" (2017). Arts & Sciences Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1138. _sci_etds/1138
Brothers and sisters, one of the most pitiful cases I see among the many cases of sick people is when the sick person himself has faith, but he does not receive healing because of spiritual cord binding him with his family members or ancestors.
In these cases, it may be because of not only one's own sins but he is connected with the problem of his ancestors' or parents' sins. Or, it is because of a much bigger fundamental problem than the person realizes.
Understanding the ethnicity and how it affects the tourism decision process is important for a better understanding of key demographic segments of travelers. This research explores the effects of past ethnic conflict on the tourism decision process for leisure travel. Specifically, this study looks at the Holocaust and the propensity for Americans of Jewish descent to choose Germany as a leisure destination. Evidence appeared to indicate that those travelers who had family members involved in the Holocaust were less likely to travel to Germany on leisure than those who did not, but that American Jews in general were no less likely to travel to Germany on leisure than non-Jews.
After a covert mission became personal, the only way elite counterterrorism operative, Alexander King, could keep his loved ones safe, and the eyes of Washington's enemies blind to his existence, was to disappear. A year after his family buried a body they thought was his, King saves a young woman from a car bomb in London, and that's when his work in the shadows becomes complicated. Because she's not who he thinks she is, and the web that King is pulled into is tangled with enemies that reach the highest levels of the United States government. 59ce067264