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The Rape of Richard Beck (1985)

Seattle veteran cop Richard Beck becomes a sexual assault victim and must deal with the painful aftermath.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins. See more awards »
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Cop Beck 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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Sgt. Wally Rydell: What was she doing down in that neighborhood at that time of night?
Barbara McKee: What's that got to do with it?
Sgt. Wally Rydell: That's the first question the court is going to ask.
Barbara McKee: I don't know! She was going somewhere, she was going to meet... the woman was raped! Does she have to be beaten to a PULP before you guys believe her?
Sgt. Wally Rydell: No I believe her.
Richard Beck: [about the elderly victim] Can you tell me who'd WANT to rape her?
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Cops Can Be Victims Too
1 February 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The Rape Of Richard Beck should never have been a made for TV film, it was truly worthy of theatrical release. Had it been on the big screen there might have been an Oscar instead of an Emmy that sat on Richard Crenna's fireplace mantel.

The big screen's loss was the small screen's gain. Richard Crenna in the title role is a hard-nosed cop who has little patience for the victims of sex crimes, especially after he was reassigned to sex crimes after pulling a real cowboy performance in apprehending a suspect. Maybe he's seen too many Clint Eastwood films and emulates his style, but there's nothing wrong calling for backup.

Afterward he's still looking to score big and follows two really suspicious characters into Seattle's underground where they get the drop on him. The two are a really vicious pair of inbreds and male rape is probably an ordinary thing in their family. They both assault and rape him and make the mistake of leaving him alive. Probably they don't want a cop killing on the resume, at least they're bright enough to appreciate those consequences.

The story centers around Crenna who has to readjust his thinking and come to grips with the fact that cops can be victims too. Crenna is now going through victim trauma, rape trauma something he'd been dismissive of with women before.

Other roles to note are George Dzundza as his partner, Pat Hingle as his father and a former cop as well, Meredith Baxter as the rape counselor who previously had not been getting along with Crenna. Most of all the role to note besides Crenna's is that of Frances McCain as Crenna's ex-wife who has an interesting relationship with her former husband.

This one is highly recommended, especially for those considering a career in law enforcement.


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