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

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama | TV Movie 2 October 1989
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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Tracey Thurman
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Buck Thurman
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Officer Danziger
Yvette Heyden ...
Judy Bentley
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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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2 October 1989 (USA)  »

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Under the Law: The Tracey Thurman Story  »

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Buck Thurman: Don't ever leave me, please.
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3 June 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a surprisingly good film that deserves a larger audience than it will probably get. The realism in the script may be due in great part to the film being based on a true story, but considering how many Hollywood films based on true stories lack that element of realism, the screenwriter deserves considerable praise. The film is well-paced with just enough detail to convey the essence of Tracey's experience. The entire cast delivers an excellent performance.

There is some violence in this film. Most of the violence is not shown directly, but despite that, the violence is more disturbing than a typical splatter flick, partly because of the realism and partly because the victims earn more sympathy than the typical victims of splatter flicks. It should be okay for most people, but this is not a film for young children.

This film had a similar feel to Baby Snatcher, another Nancy McKeon TV film based on a true story. If you liked one, you will probably like the other.


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