MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 31,640 this week

Victims for Victims: The Theresa Saldana Story (1984)

TV Movie  -   -  Biography | Drama  -  12 November 1984 (USA)
7.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 90 users  
Reviews: 3 user

The true story of the brutal attack on actress Theresa Saldana by an unbalanced fan. As a result of her ordeal and its aftermath, Saldana becomes involved in the victims' rights movement.

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

Fall TV Premiere Week

Many of your favorite shows are coming back, along with plenty of series premieres. Here's a list of the shows premiering between Sunday, September 21 and Friday, September 26.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 118 titles
created 17 Nov 2011
 
a list of 1883 titles
created 28 Jun 2012
 
a list of 1121 titles
created 06 Aug 2012
 
list image
a list of 194 titles
created 07 Mar 2013
 
a list of 220 titles
created 7 months ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Victims for Victims: The Theresa Saldana Story (TV Movie 1984)

Victims for Victims: The Theresa Saldana Story (TV Movie 1984) on IMDb 7.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Victims for Victims: The Theresa Saldana Story.
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Defiance (1980)
Action | Drama | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Tommy takes up temporary housing in a New York neighborhood plagued by a violent gang called the Souls. Tommy is waiting for his next assignment as a seaman and though he tries to avoid the... See full summary »

Director: John Flynn
Stars: Jan-Michael Vincent, Theresa Saldana, Danny Aiello
Lethal Vows (TV Movie 1999)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

This psychological thriller, based on a true story, is about a seemingly upstanding, caring husband and father (Ritter) who is accused of foul play by his ex-wife regarding the mysterious ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Schneider
Stars: John Ritter, Marg Helgenberger, Megan Gallagher
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A professional killer comes out ot retirement to investigate and avenge the brutal murder of an old friend.

Director: J. Lee Thompson
Stars: Charles Bronson, Theresa Saldana, Joseph Maher
To Catch a Killer (TV Movie 1992)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

"To Catch a Killer" tells the true gruesome story of John Wayne Gacy - a good friend and helpful neighbour, a great child entertainer, a respectful businessman, and a violent serial killer ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Till
Stars: Brian Dennehy, Michael Riley, Margot Kidder
False Arrest (TV Movie 1991)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A luxury home, a handsome husband and terrific children. But it all comes crashing down when she is accused of being a mastermind behind a brutal triple-homicide and is arrested and ... See full summary »

Director: Bill L. Norton
Stars: Donna Mills, Steven Bauer, Lane Smith
Telling Secrets (TV Movie 1993)
Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Through a series of elaborate schemes, a wealthy woman arranges for the murder of her husband's mistress and then takes steps so that the crime won't be traced back to her. The detective ... See full summary »

Director: Marvin J. Chomsky
Stars: Cybill Shepherd, Ken Olin, Christopher McDonald
The Commish (1991–1995)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Slightly offbeat television police comedy/drama. Tony Scali is the police commissioner in a small town, where solutions to difficult situations often require considerable creativity. Tony's... See full summary »

Stars: Michael Chiklis, Theresa Saldana, Kaj-Erik Eriksen
Locked Up: A Mother's Rage (TV Movie 1991)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Director: Bethany Rooney
Stars: Cheryl Ladd, Jean Smart, Dean Norris
A Mother's Revenge (TV Movie 1993)
Drama | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A girl is beaten and raped by someone from the school, but he doesn't go to prison because there is no proof about it. Now, the girl's mother tries to reveal the truth...

Director: Armand Mastroianni
Stars: Lesley Ann Warren, Bruce Davison, Shirley Knight
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Unwitting woman marries a psychopathic serial killer.

Director: John Power
Stars: John Stamos, Cynthia Gibb, David Faustino
Carlo's Wake (1999)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Carlo's Wake is a black comedy about the life, death and wake of an Italian-American patriarch and his colorful, combative extended family.

Director: Mike Valerio
Stars: Christopher Alessi, Yareli Arizmendi, Peter Blackwell
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

When a student confides to her guidance counsellor that the high school principal has been sexually harassing her, the guidance counsellor attempts to have the principal fired. The student ... See full summary »

Director: Chuck Bowman
Stars: Stepfanie Kramer, Conor O'Farrell, Shannon Fill
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Herself
...
Fred Feliciano
Lelia Goldoni ...
Mrs. Saldana
...
Dr. Stein
...
Jane Bladow
Linda Carlson ...
Miriam Schneider
...
D.A. Mike Knight
Pierrino Mascarino ...
Mr. Saldana
Patricia McAneny ...
Dolly
Kate Charleson
Philip English ...
Arthur Jackson
Arva Holt
Edit

Storyline

Before stalking was a well-known crime in North America, there was Theresa Saldana's story. A drifter from the U.K., Arthur Jackson, flies to the U.S. to seek Saldana out. His twisted mission: Jackson planned to murder Saldana, then request the death sentence for himself so he "could join her in paradise". The psychopathic Jackson confronts Saldana on the street in front of her home, and stabs her violently several times. No one comes to Theresa's aid except water deliveryman Jeff Fenn, who overpowers Jackson and gets the knife away from him. Jackson is arrested & charged with attempted murder...and Theresa Saldana tells her story of terror and survival as herself in this TV movie. Written by medic249a2

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

12 November 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Victims for Victims  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

her nightmare begins
20 October 2003 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

One of the ironies of the attack on Theresa Saldana is that it gave her a starring role in a movie, in this made for TV biography, that she might otherwise may never have had.

Given the troubling genre of an actress playing herself (is this acting or being?), Saldana invests her "character" with admirable presence. Although director Karen Arthur never shows Theresa as conventionally attractive (she is often lit to resemble a vampire), her strange face looks different each time we see her, which adds more interest to the train wreck appeal of the situation. I could have done without the tiresome schematic of her wardrobe, where before the attack she is dressed in virginal colors, and on the day she wears a dark blue sailor suit, and her singing the song Prodigal Child is equally obvious. The whimpers Saldana makes after she is stabbed is almost parodied in the whimpers of a puppy she is given, however the silent acting she does in reaction to another hospitalised victim is most effective. She gets to be occasionally funny eg to her father "Your hair turned grey in two weeks and you tell me don't worry", but her climactic speech for her Victims for Victims support group lacks the control of a professional actress. One can defend this apparent amateurishness as being her personal reaction, whereby technique is abandoned, however it reads more as the limitations of her skill.

The treatment by Arthur Heinemann is weak in establishing the context of Saldana's career, which would helps balance the media attention she receives. She has a poster for Raging Bull in her house, and we are told she receives flowers and cards from directors and actors around the world when she is hospitalised, however before the attack we are shown that she still attends classes. The most intriguing character, the stabber Arthur Richard Jackson (Philip English) is only a cypher and a plot mechanism, and we get ludicrous touches like her husband being a counsellor who is distracted at work, who also chooses to fight Jackson at the crime scene, rather than go to the hospital with his wife. (Adrian Zmed's blah performance as Fred doesn't help). There are some cliches eg "It's not just the pain. It's what it's doing to her inside", a whorey idea of the nurse who hides her empathy behind bureaucratic control, but also a rationale explaination for Theresa's love of stuffed animals.

Although some of Arthur's setups are painfully bad, she does present the shocking indifference of people when Saldana is attacked in daylight (even given this occurs in Hollywood), an acceptable use of subjective camera, and the gothic horror of Theresa's injuries being photographed by the police, complete with her JonBenet kewpie hairstyle.


4 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
On DVD or video? marcet76
Question about a character kurttoy

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?