In the Custody of Strangers
|In the Custody of Strangers|
|Written by||Jennifer Miller|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Producer(s)||Farnk Vor Zerneck|
|Running time||120 minutes|
|Original release||May 26, 1982|
In the Custody of Strangers is a 1982
Based on a true story. Danny Caldwell is an angry small-town teen whose father, Frank, has been laid off and can't find work. His mother, Sandy, works in order to provide for the family of five. Danny, frustrated with the town, tries to get work or leave the town to find a decent job, but often butts heads with Frank, whose staunch perception is that allowing his son to go to work is a threat to his masculinity. In other words, a father should provide for the family, not his wife, and certainly not the boy.
So, Danny and Frank are frequently at odds and, as a result, the teen indulges in a lot of trouble. One night, while Danny is out joyriding while drunk, he hits a police car, and it lands him in jail. Frank supposes that maybe a night in jail is just what Danny needs to straighten up. However, due to events that happen while Danny is incarcerated, he ends up spending six weeks in jail on assault charges.
Meanwhile, Frank gets a job in Ohio and the family has to move. At his trial, the assault charges are dropped and he is charged only with drunk driving and operating without a license. He is sentenced as