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A young girl is raped while coming home from work. The trauma of the attack turns her away from her parents and her fiancé, and, unable to face society, she runs away and, using an assumed name, takes a job on an orange ranch. A young clergyman takes an interest in her, although she won't confide in him. When a ranch hand tries to kiss her, she relives her terrifying experience and nearly kills him. She is arrested but when her identity is established and the facts of her case are brought forth, the clergyman convinces the court that it is society that should shoulder the blame. He helps rebuild her faith and send her back to her parents and fiancé. Written by
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American Film Institute Catalog of Feature Films 1941-1950 claims Tod Andrews made his screen debut in this film; actually, he has at least a dozen and a half previous credits while under contract to Warner Bros. as Michael Ames. See more »
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Way ahead of its time...though don't take everything in the film as fact.
"Outrage" is a film way, way ahead of its time. To think...back in 1950 there was a movie that dealt with rape and its aftermath. It is an excellent film but it's also a film of its time--and in some ways it also gets the topic wrong. I am not blaming it--it's just that back in the day, there were a few misconceptions about the crime--though the film also is extremely sensitive and well worth seeing.
Mala Powers plays Ann Walton, a young lady who is soon to be married. However, one night she is attacked and raped and she is left scared and traumatized. Her plight is so severe that she soon decides the best way to handle it is to run away and start an all new life. The trouble is, running away from her problems didn't solve them and soon she attacks a fresh guy and nearly kills him.
First the good. Rape was never talked about or even alluded to back in 1950, so the film is very brave. Director Ida Lupino handled the rape scene wonderfully--making it menacing but not sensationalistic. Additionally, the film ended on a positive note--instilling a lot of hope.
As for the bad, the film NEVER uses the word rape and the fact that it's a sexual assault is implied but only slightly. Again and again, they said that Ms. Walton was 'a victim of criminal assault'- -and so in that sense the film took a step forward but a smaller step than folks would like today. However, I doubt if the censors would have allowed this. I also thought that the film seemed to say that the man Walton bludgeoned (played by Jerry Paris) was a victim--whereas today he would be seen as being to blame because he refused to take no for an answer and NEEDED to be slapped upside the head with a wrench!! Additionally, the preacher had a speech about getting victims and offenders of all sorts therapy. While this is good for victims, time has shown us that psychotherapies are NOT effective with sex offenders in most cases. Still, they didn't realize this in the day and the film was very sincere in its efforts. Overall, the good clearly greatly outweighs the bad and the film is wonderfully made and a quality production throughout.
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