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It Couldn't Happen to a Nicer Guy (1974)

Unrated | | Comedy | TV Movie 19 November 1974
A beautiful woman decides to play a prank on a random man from the street by kidnapping him at gunpoint to her house. After forcing him to strip, she sends him on his way naked. He reports ... See full summary »

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Harry Walters
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Janet Walters
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Ed Huxley
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Ken Walters
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Sgt. Riggs (as Ed Barth)
Roger Bowen ...
Stu Dotney
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Wanda Olivia Wellman
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Elaine Shore ...
Sgt. Rose Templeton
G. Wood ...
Warren Morgan
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Alan Ronston
Sandra Deel ...
Mrs. Carter
Dick Yarmy ...
Wineberger
Edward Marshall ...
Carl Ballagher
Lorna Thayer ...
Mrs. Gibbs
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A beautiful woman decides to play a prank on a random man from the street by kidnapping him at gunpoint to her house. After forcing him to strip, she sends him on his way naked. He reports the incident to the authorities, but they either don't believe him, or, if they do, can't understand why he would consider it a crime - a reaction he also gets from his friends and family. Written by Anonymous

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Who's going to believe him when he tells them he's just been violated by a beautiful woman? The police? His wife? His friends? The judge?

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30 September 2015 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Smarter-than-usual TV-movie takes several sly, satirical jabs with role-reversal premise concerning a Los Angeles family man (and eternal doormat) who is forced into having sex with a woman while she holds him at gunpoint. He wants to forget the whole ordeal in the morning, but a reporter has gotten wind of the story and exploits it with the headline, "Man Cries Rape!" Not an exceptional comedy, but a funny one, written with a knowing wink by Earl Barret and Arne Sultan. It certainly benefits from Paul Sorvino's wonderful performance in the lead; Michael Learned also good in change-of-pace role as Sorvino's controlling wife and Adam Arkin (Alan's son) terrific in low-keyed scene with dad Sorvino on the couch (nicely played by both). Though the courtroom finale gets too silly, Sorvino is never less than engaging, and there are quick, clever lines of dialogue all the way through.


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