A man who is arrested for rape swears it wasn't him but somebody who looks just like him, but the victim insists it was him.

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Betty Jenner
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Det. Sloane
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Jenny Coleman
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A Serial Rapist is on the loose and there is one suspect...Or is there? Cry Rape shows a case of mistaken identity through the eyes of a college graduate student. Although eventually exonerated, the lack of alibi causes everybody but his sister to say that he was guilty! Written by George Britt

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Barriers to the provision of justice
28 April 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Cry Rape" (1973) is a 70s style neo-noir, emphasizing crime, realism, the plight of rape victims, and the several ways in which the justice system breaks down and fails to provide justice. It's quite a good movie, made by experienced practitioners of TV-movie-making.

I watched what is called an enhanced widescreen 16x9 version, and it looked great. I could not detect any distortion from what is said to be the original 1.33:1 aspect ratio. The distortion or cropping probably came in when the film was shown on a 4:3 television set originally. The enhanced version looks like a theatrical movie, not a TV-movie.

The story is about a serial rapist and robber. The first rape depicted, with all the threat and violence intact but not done graphically as befits a TV audience, is that of Andrea Marcovicci in her first movie role. She is an intelligent, sophisticated and multi-talented actress and singer. The cast has a number of recognizable actors who have done lots of TV and movie work. We are then brought through a realistic medical and police procedural that is extremely tense and very well-done. The movie opens out to bring in the other victims, the perils of identification, the accused, the ambitions of a zealous public defender, the system of bail, and the rigors of trials and hearings. A degree of dramatization takes over after awhile and that causes a distinct change in the movie's tone.

The overall story admirably dramatizes the many difficulties in the provision of justice. There are many steps along the way, and all of them involve human beings and real human difficulties, incentives and obstacles. Justice can fail in many more ways than it can succeed within the systems for its provision and administration.


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