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This film has two names, the one I viewed was "Going Underground" which is a better title for this type of film about a very happy looking married couple with two children. However, once the front door is shut the husband turns into another person and thinks he is in the boxing ring with his wife, who has no defense except to take all the right and left shots to the jaw. Joanna Kerns,(Maryann Walker-Tate) gave an outstanding performance through out the entire picture as the wife who struggles to keep her children and try to change the laws about abused women in the United States. Tim Matheson, (Daniel) gave a great supporting role as the most shameful husband/father you would ever want to know. This subject always needs to be told, because unfortunately women are still having to face this horrible brutality.
This played on Lifetime Television under the title "Going Underground," which intrigued me. There are women who go underground, changing their identities and living anonymous lives to hide themselves and their children from abusive husbands. But this never lived up to it. The heroine didn't "go underground" until the last 15 minutes of the film, and it was shown in quick stills. What did they show, then? A completely ordinary and predictable drama with every Battered Woman chicle in the book. Talk about false advertising! I felt so cheated, I wanted to batter the people who made this, especially the one who chose the title. The story and its ending will surprise only those who have never watched Lifetime Television before.
Abusive, black-hearted husband is the bad guy, and the loving mother is wronged by the unfeeling court system. However, AMAZING performance by Justin Isfeld as Jason, the son. Truly a wonderful performance for a child actor so young.
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