Charlotte marries John. Things seem ok; John has a good job and he's going up in the world, working for the government. But every so often he loses his temper and Charlotte gets the brunt ... See full summary »
An abused battered wife has had enough of husband beating up on her. Everywhere she turns for help, there's not much anyone will do. After he rapes her one night, she sets the bed on fire with him in it asleep.
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Jessica has been married to her controlling husband Gary for years.The abuse only gets worse when she gets a job at a bakery and makes two really caring friends: her co-worker and neighbor Lee, and her boss Walter.
Carol (Fisher) has had a rough time - a recent divorce, 2 young boys to raise, and close call with cancer. All of this emotional strain has brought about a strong desire in her to find the ... See full summary »
Charlotte marries John. Things seem ok; John has a good job and he's going up in the world, working for the government. But every so often he loses his temper and Charlotte gets the brunt of his anger. During the 18 year course of their marriage, there are at least 8 incidents of physical abuse and countless of mental. Charlotte's family and friends tell her to leave John but she keeps going back, most likely because he has convinced her that she would be nothing without him. It finally explodes in a big divorce battle balancing on the cases of abuse. Written by
A reminder of what a good actress Lindsay Wagner is...
A finely-wrought television drama based on a true case of marital abuse involving a driven, insanely ambitious and perfectionist government employee (Michael Nouri, in a solid performance) who bullies, beats up and continually condescends to his spouse, an educated woman from an upscale family who doesn't have the self-esteem or the proper support system to leave this tyrant. Somewhere between her star-making role on TV's "The Bionic Woman" to today's spokeswoman for the Sleep Number Bed, it has occasionally been forgotten that actress Lindsay Wagner has range, depth and sensitivity as an actress, and she gets to utilize much of that range here as the battered wife. This type of TV-drama (with victims learning to speak up) has obviously been done before, but the fine cast warrants attention, and the writing and directing are both commendable.
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