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It Was Him or Us (1995)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  21 November 1995 (USA)
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Peggy Wilson and her daughter Carrie escape Carrie's father who is Peggy's abusive and obsessive husband. Many years later Peggy remarries to Walter Pomeroy and they have two sons Stevie ... See full summary »

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Peggy Pomeroy
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Gene Shepard
Monique Lanier ...
Carrie Wilson
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Scottie
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Lt. Washington
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Maggie Shepard
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Walter Pomeroy
Star Herrmann ...
Louise Salinger
Brooke Ashley ...
Jenna Wilson
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Jesse Pomeroy
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Stevie Pomeroy
Thomasyn Harlow
Leo Geter
Scott Wilkinson
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Peggy Wilson and her daughter Carrie escape Carrie's father who is Peggy's abusive and obsessive husband. Many years later Peggy remarries to Walter Pomeroy and they have two sons Stevie and Jesse but when her daughter Carrie, a single mother to a 5 year old daughter Jenna begins dating Gene Shepard, a handsome construction worker Peggy soon learns that the man has a history of violence and tries to warn Carrie but Carrie doesn't believe it and thinks her Mom is crazy until Gene takes out his violent anger on her when she tries to break up with him and gets arrested but soon Gene breaks out of jail and takes the family hostage inside their own house to which Peggy must use all the powers in her body to protect her family from her daughter's abusive boyfriend. Written by Jonathan

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During one of the scenes, when Gene first enters Carrie's house with a gun, he holds Carrie and her mother at gunpoint on the couch. During this particular scene, a black item appears on Carrie's chest which most likely a microphone. See more »

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[last lines, after Gene gets shot and taken to the ambulance]
Lt. Washington: This was quite a gamble you took, Mrs. Pomeroy. You could've gotten yourself killed.
Peggy Pomeroy: [confidently] Yeah, well, when it comes to your kids, you do what you have to.
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Effective in shedding light on the victim mentality
11 November 2001 | by (los angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

Either Him or Us, a 1995 t.v. movie, is most effective in shedding light on the victim mentality, specifically, how easy it is for women to fall prey to seemingly well meaning men who are nothing more than wife beaters. Ann Jillian plays a woman, herself a victim of wife abuse, who battles the obsessive, violent boyfriend of her granddaughter, played by Monique Lanier. The film works in showing Lanier's belief that her boyfriend's passion for her is what is also responsible for his violent ways, and director Iscove succeeds in creating this conflict.

All performances are strong, especially Richard Grieco's, who is terrific in portraying the subtlety of his character's obsession.

Unfortunately, his character, and performance, go over the top in the last third of the film, as he gets even more deranged and the film lapses into too familiar territory. Thus, much interest and psychology are lost to a more derivative format typical of many movies about obsessive love.

Worth seeing, nonetheless, for the performances.


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