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A Cry for Help: The Tracey Thurman Story (1989)

TV Movie  |  Not Rated  |   |  Drama  |  2 October 1989 (USA)
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Tracy Thurman was married to a man who abused her. But he continues to harass her after she gets a restraining order, and the police do little to help. When he brutally beats her and ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Tracey Thurman
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Buck Thurman
Graham Jarvis ...
Officer Danziger
Yvette Heyden ...
Judy Bentley
Terri Hanauer ...
Cheryl
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Judge Blumenfeld
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Nagel
David Ciminello ...
Rick
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Tracey's Mother
Seth Isler ...
Lewis
Burton Collins
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Burton Weinstein
Paul Comi ...
Officer Dempsey
Joe George ...
Captain Kyker
Redman Gleeson ...
Officer Bray
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Tracy Thurman was married to a man who abused her. But he continues to harass her after she gets a restraining order, and the police do little to help. When he brutally beats her and slashes her throat in front of police, she sues the city and the police department for failing to protect her. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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Tracey Thurman: [On phone with Police] You know what the problem is, he's threatening to kill me! Look, I have a restraining order against him, and I want him picked up. Please hurry.
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Realistic
30 December 2001 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

What a great movie, excellently portrayed by Nancy McKeon and Dale Midkiff. While watching this movie, though , I experienced an unbelievable feeling of anxiety. I was in (and escaped from) an abusive marriage, and the character of Buck Thurman was so similar in every way to my ex that I found it extremely difficult to watch. Women who watch this movie, and have never experienced abuse can either pity women who are trapped (and they are literally trapped) in abusive relationships, or hate them and call them stupid for staying. I can only say that unless you have been in the situation, you will never comprehend the horror and trauma of it. It is ignorant to believe that women stay in abusive relationships because they are too stupid to get out. Their relationships don't start out abusive. Just try to imagine someone whom you love unconditionally and have decided to spend the rest of your life with evolving slowly, then dramatically into a mentally and physically abusive monster. You may be able to imagine that, but you will never be able to imagine having all self-respect beaten out of you, nor will you be able to imagine the feelings of fear, degradation, humility, and hopelessness. Those feelings, are why women stay.


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