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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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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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 moved to Massachusetts where he was involved with a woman whom he abused too. Although not to the extent of Tracey's story, the woman also filed a restraining order against Buck. See more »

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Tracey Thurman: Are you still hungry, little guy? Want an apple for desert?
C.J. Age 5: No skin.
Tracey Thurman: [frowns] C.J., you know that's really hard for me.
[Nancy tries with her left hand for a while, but she fails and gives up, C.J. then takes the knife and bangs the end on the table impatiently]
Tracey Thurman: [snatches the knife away from him] C.J., stop it! DON'T YOU EVER GRAB FOR A KNIFE AGAIN, DO YOU HEAR ME!
[C.J. goes upset and runs off to his room and slams the door]
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Realistic
30 December 2001 | by 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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