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Hostile Advances: The Kerry Ellison Story (1996)

Kerry Ellison is sexually harassed at work. No matter how much she complains, the problem, Jack Gilcrest, is unstoppable. Kerry's only left option is court. Will she win?

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Kerry Ellison
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Jack Gilcrest
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Liz
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Joey Westley
Sean McCann ...
Mr. Ellison
Patricia Gage ...
Mrs. Ellison
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Sam
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Margaret
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Marty
Karl Pruner ...
Alex (as Karl Purner)
Richard Fitzpatrick ...
Hastings
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Jean
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Judge Gaffney
Lynne Cormack ...
Pam
Leon Pownall ...
Dr. Webster
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Kerry Ellison has a good job at an office and she is happy. All goes well, until Jack Gilcrest starts having an interest in her. He starts following her, writing her sexually tense notes. Kerry makes it clear multiple times that she is not interested in him. Jack continues approaching her nonetheless. The problem seems solved when Jack get transfered to another department. But he manages to return and threatens Kerry so much, she is getting anxiety attacks. There's no one who can help her, even a complaint at the labor union falls on deaf ears. Ellison's only option is to go to court and charge her office, a decision that will surely cost her job. Written by Arnoud Tiele (zelva@tiele.nl)

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When this aired Rena Sofer and Real Andrews were cast members on the daytime soap General Hospital (1963). See more »

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Low rent and uninteresting TV production
17 June 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

HOSTILE ADVANCES is a simplistic TV movie from the 1990s that's content to plough the same furrow as many films which have come before it. It tells the true story of a woman who suffered sexual harassment from a work colleague. The problem is that nobody seems bothered enough to help her, so in the end she takes the guy to court. Can she put an end to this nuisance once and for all?

The narrative is kind of a cross between Crichton's DISCLOSURE and the excellent, also-based-on-a-true-story TV movie STALKING LAURA. However, it's nowhere near as interesting as those movies, as it suffers all of the usual problems associated with the TV Movie genre: the acting is understated and uninteresting, the dialogue is overly talky and doesn't really connect with the audience, and there's little interest for the viewer. The courtroom finale is probably the best part, but really there isn't very much going on here at all.


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