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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lyn McKenna
John Terlesky ...
Ron Cooper
Melaine Fairchild
Annabella Price ...
D.A. Barbara Rumson
Woodward University Coach (as John Jackson)
Stephen Elliott ...
Attorney Foster
Judge Thomas J. Gray
Chancellor Hammond
Micole Mercurio ...
Emily McKenna
Ben McKenna
Michael Oscar ...
Football Player #1
Johnny Judkins ...
Football Player #2


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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6 November 1989 (USA)  »

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Someone You Know  »

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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 »


Lyn McKenna: *Look* - you're not finished with me, you bastard! You can't get away with this - I'm not gonna let you get away with this. I'm gonna make you pay!
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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »


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Written by Marvin Gaye, William Stevenson and Ivy Jo Hunter (incorrectly attributed to Ivory Joe Hunter)
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a glimpse into the real treatment of rape victims
4 March 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This film provides us with a glimpse into how rape victims are really treated. This film is an illustration of what goes on behind the scenes, and how it is the victim that is really put on trial not the guilty. When a sports star commits a crime, he is held above reproach, and those who would dare to "tarnish" their good name are treated like villains instead of the victims they truly are. Schools should keep in mind that it would be far more beneficial for the guilty to be prosecuted than to cover up the crime and risk discovery of the truth and face a litany of legal action.

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