Split Image (1982)

Genres - Drama  |   Release Date - Oct 3, 1982 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 111 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Sure to generate conversation, this provocative drama tells the story of how a middle-class family is torn apart when their clean-cut high-achieving son, who has the potential of making it on the Olympic gymnast team, suddenly joins a religious cult. The parents become deeply worried and try to get him back. The twist is that, unlike other movie religious cults, the leader of this one is not terribly evil even though he does strongly indoctrinate his followers. The members of his group are good people who do good deeds for others. Unfortunately, the parents don't see it this way and so hire a free-lance deprogrammer to "rescue" their son and force him through a deprogramming process that traumatizes him more than the cult did.

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rescue, brainwashing, couple, cult, deprogrammer, family, family-member, family-tragedy, gymnastics, kidnapping, religion, son, training