6.5/10
339
14 user

The Rape of Richard Beck (1985)

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

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Jack's Back (1988)
Crime | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A serial killer in Los Angeles celebrates Jack the Ripper's 100th birthday by committing similar murders and only one has a chance of stopping him.

Director: Rowdy Herrington
Stars: James Spader, Cynthia Gibb, Jim Haynie
Pin (1988)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Isolated by his strange parents, Leon finds solace in an imaginary friend, which happens to be an anatomy doll from his father's doctor office. Unfortunately, the doll begins to take over Leon's life, and his sister's life as well.

Director: Sandor Stern
Stars: David Hewlett, Cynthia Preston, Terry O'Quinn
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

For the first time one of Hollywood's greatest stars tells his own story, in his own words. From a childhood of poverty to global fame, Cary Grant, the ultimate self-made star, explores his own screen image and what it took to create it.

Director: Mark Kidel
Stars: Judy Balaban, Dyan Cannon, Virginia Cherrill
The Brotherhood of Justice (TV Movie 1986)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A group of high school students, led by a rich boy Derek, is sick of school violence and decides to become underground vigilantes named "Brotherhood of Justice". It starts with the idea "... See full summary »

Director: Charles Braverman
Stars: Keanu Reeves, Kiefer Sutherland, Lori Loughlin
Deceived (1991)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A marriage that seemed perfect comes crashing down after the death of Jack Saunders, husband of Adrienne Saunders. Strange developments begin to be discovered by Adrienne regarding Jack's ... See full summary »

Director: Damian Harris
Stars: Goldie Hawn, John Heard, Damon Redfern
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Terry is having an affair with his boss' wife Sylvia. One night after an office party they are together and Sylvia witnesses an attack on Denise from Terry's bedroom window. She doesn't ... See full summary »

Director: Curtis Hanson
Stars: Steve Guttenberg, Elizabeth McGovern, Isabelle Huppert
The Bad Seed (1956)
Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A housewife suspects that her seemingly perfect eight year-old daughter is a heartless killer.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Nancy Kelly, Patty McCormack, Henry Jones
Toy Soldiers (1991)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

When terrorists seize control of a boarding school, a group of troublemaking boys decide to resist them.

Director: Daniel Petrie Jr.
Stars: Sean Astin, Wil Wheaton, Keith Coogan
The Entity (1982)
Biography | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Supposedly based partially on a true story, a woman is tormented and sexually molested by an invisible demon.

Director: Sidney J. Furie
Stars: Barbara Hershey, Ron Silver, David Labiosa
Inferno (1980)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

An American college student in Rome and his sister in New York investigate a series of killings in both locations where their resident addresses are the domain of two covens of witches.

Director: Dario Argento
Stars: Leigh McCloskey, Irene Miracle, Eleonora Giorgi
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Henry, a drifter, commits a series of brutal murders, supposedly operating with impunity.

Director: John McNaughton
Stars: Michael Rooker, Tracy Arnold, Tom Towles
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Barbara McKee (as Meredith Baxter Birney)
...
...
...
...
Mark Dickison ...
Jason Bernard ...
...
...
Ray
...
...
James Goodwin Rice ...
Weatherspoon
Jonas Marlowe ...
Joey
Gregory Wagrowski ...
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

He had to learn the truth - the hard way. See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

27 May 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Deadly Justice  »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Richard Beck: Well, I was on the ground, and uh... the bald one, he grabbed my hair and he pulled my head back, pulled it back hard. And, then he started telling the other guy to come over. And uh, as he was coming toward me I... I... I... well I couldn't see anything, I could just see that he was uh, he was undoing his belt. I tried to get away and... well I couldn't, I just couldn't. And he kept screaming at me, and yanking my hair, and he kept screaming at me, and he kept telling me to say that I wanted ...
[...]
See more »

Connections

References Deliverance (1972) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Perhaps The Characterisation Should Have Been Changed
4 August 2004 | by 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


12 of 23 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 14 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page