The pressures of problems at home and at work are taking a tremendous toll on a middle-aged husband, and he begins to take it out on his wife.

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Donald Halston
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Janis Halston
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Karen Renshaw
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Mort Burns
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Donald's Father
Brian Andrews ...
Chris Halston
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Peggy Halston
Julian Burton ...
Dr. James Morgan
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Marilyn Burns
Ellen Blake ...
Bridget
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Simpson, Rest Home Director
Edward Walsh
Barbara Harris ...
Charlotte Ames (as Barbara Iley)
Jack Stauffer
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The pressures of problems at home and at work are taking a tremendous toll on a middle-aged husband, and he begins to take it out on his wife.

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11 November 1977 (USA)  »

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Battered  »

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Wife-abuse drama far ahead of its time
18 February 2001 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Written by the astute Shapiro team (husband and wife, Richard and Esther), this TV-made drama involves Dennis Weaver abusing wife Sally Struthers, sometimes in front of their two kids, and how everyone covers up--desperate to keep this ugly secret in the closet. Many years before "The Burning Bed" came this less-sensational suburban nightmare with concerns which are unfortunately timeless. Dennis Weaver does solid work. As for Sally Struthers, she became something of a punchline in the 1990s with her over-the-top TV commercials, yet as an actress during this era she was very brave (her character here is a world apart from Gloria on "All In The Family"). As a straightforward, no-nonsense examination of abuse, "Intimate Strangers" is harrowing, dramatic food-for-thought designed for grown-up people.


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