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When He's Not a Stranger (1989)

At a California university, Lyn goes to meet her best friend Melanie in the dorm room of Melanie's boyfriend Ron, a football star. When Lyn arrives, Melanie is not there. Ron forces himself... See full summary »

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John Terlesky ...
Ron Cooper
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Melaine Fairchild
Annabella Price ...
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Woodward University Coach (as John Jackson)
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Ben McKenna
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Doug
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At a California university, Lyn goes to meet her best friend Melanie in the dorm room of Melanie's boyfriend Ron, a football star. When Lyn arrives, Melanie is not there. Ron forces himself on Lyn. When she resists, Ron throws her on the bed and rapes her. Lyn initially tries to forget about it, but when she does decide to pursue a university hearing, the pressure of Melanie, Ron, and the school is brought to bear... Written by David Woodfield

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Originally scheduled to air on October 17, 1989, but preempted due to television coverage of the Northern California earthquake. See more »

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Lyn: The thought of him going through his life like nothing ever happened... makes me sick to my stomach
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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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Dancing in the Streets
Written by Marvin Gaye, William Stevenson and Ivy Jo Hunter (incorrectly attributed to Ivory Joe Hunter)
Performed by Martha & The Vandellas (as Martha and the Vandellas)
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Very Well Done
21 October 2003 | by (Wilton, NH) – See all my reviews

I saw this back in 1989 when it premiered on TV. It was supposed to premiere around the same time as the World Series but was moved postponed when the San Francisco earthquake happened. It stars the beautiful Annabeth Gish as a young college student named Lyn, who is in love with a college football star Ron. Ron also takes an interest in Lyn, but is dating her best friend. One night, Ron is invites Lyn into his dorm and decides to rape her. When she tries to defend herself, Ron is protected and Lyn is disciplined for drinking. So the next step is court.

This was made around the time the term "date rape" became a buzzword. It was very realistic as it showed how the victim is affected, but the impression it gives to her peers (especially if the accused is the big man on campus), and the families struggle to deal with a one sided system. The ending is unexpected, but it works well. The performances are great all around and you really feel that is was based on a true story, even if the story itself is just a screenplay. It is still a very well written screenplay.


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