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The Rape of Richard Beck (1985)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  27 May 1985 (USA)
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Cop Beck (Crenna) thinks rape victims "bring it upon themselves" to be raped but has a mind-changing experience when he himself is raped by a couple of white trash felons, one of whom ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Beck
Barbara McKee (as Meredith Baxter Birney)
Chappy Beck
Caroline Beck
Lt. Hugo
Anita Parrish
Mark Dickison ...
Eric Gibbs
Jason Bernard ...
Sgt. Wally Rydell
Nicholas Worth ...
Dr. Greenberg
James Goodwin Rice ...
Jonas Marlowe ...
Gregory Wagrowski ...


Cop Beck (Crenna) thinks rape victims "bring it upon themselves" to be raped but has a mind-changing experience when he himself is raped by a couple of white trash felons, one of whom actually says he's going to make him "squeal like pig". Written by Ringo

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27 May 1985 (USA)  »

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Deadly Justice  »

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Richard Beck: [knocking on door] Anita Parish?
Anita Parrish: Who is it?
Richard Beck: Cops, open up or I kick.
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References Deliverance (1972) See more »

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Perhaps The Characterisation Should Have Been Changed
4 August 2004 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

This TVM features rape as the dramatic centre point but there`s a difference in that the victim is a middle aged streetwise cop who is MALE . The crime itself is thankfully understated ( This is a TVM after all ) and the teleplay revolves around the victim Richard Beck struggling to come to terms with his rape as he finds sympathy in short supply

Casting Richard Crenna as Beck is a double edged sword . Crenna is best known as playing supporting roles usually as good guys and he gives a very good performance here . Unfortunately he does come over as being far too nice to be entirely convincing as a tough streetwise cop . I couldn`t help notice that the script also seems to play up to the nice guy character of Beck . We the audience are supposed to empathise with the victim but if they`d made Beck a rather more hard edged or just plain nasty and cynical character we`d have still felt sorry for him . Considering the theme is one of rape I can`t feeling the producers have made a mistake in making Beck too likable . Were they frightened that if we saw Beck give someone a few slaps now and again we would have thought he deserved to be raped in some way ?

I can`t help thinking everything would have worked a bit better if there had been more in the way of " Rape victims deserved it " from a sneering cynical arrogant pre rape Richard Beck which would have made a few scenes work even better , scenes like where his police chief says " Get out of here punk " when Beck goes to pieces at the ID parade or when Beck desparately explains to his unsympathetic relative that " There was nothing I could do , they had a gun to my head "

As it is THE RAPE OF RICHARD BECK is a very good TVM but probably tries a little too hard to make us empathise with the rape victim which isn`t necessary because no one deserves to be raped

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