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Her Desperate Choice (1996)

TV Movie  |  Unrated  |   |  Drama  |  6 October 1996 (USA)
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Jody is convinced, but unable to prove, that her ex-husband has been molesting their daughter Samantha. When the courts order joint custody for Samantha, Jody takes her and heads ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Jody Murdock
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Jim Rossi
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Samantha, Jody's Daughter (as Hanna R. Hall)
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Raskin, Private Investigator
Lynne Cormack ...
Grace
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Dr. Baskin (as Mimi Kuzak)
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Jody's Mother
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Marcus Perry, Jody's Ex-Husband
Philip Williams ...
Frank
Martin Roach ...
Mike Donner
Jackie Richardson ...
Frances
Deborah Grover ...
Kathy (Shelter)
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Marnie
Christina Collins ...
Myrna Goodman
David Huband ...
State Trooper (as Dave Huband)
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Jody is convinced, but unable to prove, that her ex-husband has been molesting their daughter Samantha. When the courts order joint custody for Samantha, Jody takes her and heads underground. The underground is a well protected system that moves her from town to town to keep her out of the hands of the courts. Her husband is relentless in having detectives try to find Jody and Sam, but after a time, Jody begins to feel comfortable and even begins to date a veterinarian she meets in a small town. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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The law failed to protect her. Now she's taking the law into her own hands. See more »

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Faith Ford in a surprising performance....
14 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

and Kyle Secor is also very effective in this film, as a veterinarian who stumbles upon Ford and her daughter, who have escaped an abusive husband/father.

This film falls into the category of useful/helpful and informative, for people who are unfamiliar with the court system. Ford is merely trying to save her daughter from physical abuse, but at that time, the husband would have ended up with visiting rights, hence ruining her daughter's life. The FBI accused her of kidnapping, and while the story is based on truth, it does require suspension of reality for most of its duration.

That being said, Ford gives a good performance as a mother, trapped in the system, and we do see the fine lines which exist during custody battles; all is not black and white; if a mother is running away with her child, there is often a reason, and it usually ISN'T just to escape an unhappy marriage. Secor is underrated, and I wish we could see him in more film as well. 8/10.


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