Rider Strong Movies
Best known to Gen-Y'ers as Shawn Hunter, the resident high-school heartthrob and best friend of teen Cory Matthews (Ben Savage) on the ABC Friday-night sitcom Boy Meets World (1993-2000), Rider Strong was born in San Francisco and entered show business with a portrayal of Gavroche in a local stage production of Les Miserables. He first moved into television work at age 12 as the son of Julie Andrews on the star's eponymous sitcom, Julie (1992), then landed guest-star bits on such programs as Evening Shade, Empty Nest, Davis Rules, and Going Places. World, of course, represented Strong's career breakthrough and secured a major fan base for him (particularly among teenage girls). As the series neared closure in the late '90s, Strong branched out into film roles -- first with a small part in the sentimental Billy Crystal comedy My Giant (1998), then as a horror star in such opuses as Cabin Fever (2002), Borderland (2007), and Cabin Fever 2 (2008). ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi
Bryan Brown stars as CIA hit man Michael Grant, who plans to retire after one more assignment. He buys a house in New Mexico from a widow (Brooke Adams), and they fall in love; only later does Michael realize his final target is the woman's father. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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Series protagonist Cory Matthews (Ben Savage) is all of 11 years old as Boy Meets World launches its first season, but even at that tender age he has drawn up what he considers a definitive list of friends and enemies. In the "friends" column are his best friends, Topanga (Danielle Fishel), Shawn (Rider Strong), and Stuart (Lee Norris) -- whose last name changes from Lempke to Minkus early on because of a legal entanglement. Looming large in the "enemies" column is Cory's least favorite teacher, the highly demanding and unpredictable George Feeny (William Daniels) -- and worse still, Mr. Feeny lives right next door to Cory's family! A few facts about season one of Boy Meets World: the character of Nicholas (Chauncey Leopoldi) was supposed to have been a regular as one of Cory's school pals, but the part was minimized as the season rolled on; conversely, Topanga Lawrence, introduced in the fourth episode ("Cory's Alternative Friends") was intended to be a minor character, but her status was suddenly elevated after she and Cory shared their first on-screen kiss! A handful of other characters make their first-and-only Boy Meets World appearances during the series' freshman season: "Grandma Was a Rolling Stone" features Rue McClanahan as Cory's grandmother Bernice and a very young Keri Russell as Feeny's niece Jessica; and "She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not" marks the only apperance of Topanga's sister Nebula (Krystee Clark). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
- Ben Savage, Rider Strong, (more)
In this suspense thriller, a woman wonders if she can trust her memory when her father returns from prison a very different man from the violent psychopath she remembers. Karen (Amy Irving) is a single mother who twenty years ago delivered the testimony that put her father Frank (Donald Sutherland) behind bars for the murder of her mother. While Karen has no doubts that Frank is guilty of the crime, the years have clouded her memory a bit and she doesn't recall all the events with complete clarity. Now that Frank has been released, he's returned to Karen's neighborhood and is going out of his way to ingratiate himself with Pete (Rider Strong), her son, and Dan (Christopher McDonald), her boyfriend. A furious Karen confronts Frank, but she discovers a father who is not the ogre she sent to prison but a calm, charming, well-spoken gentleman who seems to bear her no ill will. They discuss the death of Karen's mother and Frank begins to convince her that it was all a terrible accident. Frank begins to work his way back into Karen's life as he gradually cuts her off from her circle of friends; when Dan dies under mysterious circumstances, Karen thinks nothing of it, but Sheriff Calhoun (Graham Greene) wonders if Frank might have something to do with the crime. Benefit of the Doubt marked the feature debut for producer Jonathan Heap. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
- Donald Sutherland, Amy Irving, (more)
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