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The Stranger I Married (2005)
"The Man Who Lost Himself" (original title)

TV Movie  |   |  Biography, Drama, Sport  |  15 November 2005 (Canada)
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The life story of Terry Evanshen, a Canadian Football League star who fell into a coma after a near-fatal car crash. When he wakes up, he has no recollection of his family or anything else in his life.



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Complete credited cast:
Terry Evanshen
Lorraine Evanshen
Tracy Evanshen
Tara Evanshen
Tatum Knight ...
Jennifer Evanshen
Dr. Janice Golding
J.J. Albrecht
Julie Dumais ...
Nurse Angie
Billy Parrott ...
David Daniels ...
Patrick McManus ...
ER Surgeon
Zoe Heath ...
OR Nurse
Shant Srabian ...
Rehab Specialist


Terry Evanshen had a perfect life: at twelve he met Lorraine, his true love, future wife and mother of his three daughters Tara, Tracy and Jennifer, and decided to become an Canadian football star, which the hunk did brilliantly. Then a car accident puts him in a deep coma he's unlikely to survive. When he awakes anyway, Lorraine hopes that his amnesia, which reduces every aspect of his past to meaningless bits and flashes, will also be temporary and takes him home, but the grim prognosis of permanent brain damage causing nasty character disturbance seems to come true, as his behavior is erratic and so aggressive he scares everyone. Are Lorraine's flash-backs to happier days just a cruel memory, or can he learn to become their loving husband and dad again? Written by KGF Vissers

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He has become a danger to everyone he loves


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In the scene just prior to Terry forcing himself on his wife, the bandage is on his left arm in the mirror reflection when it is his right arm that was injured. See more »

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Decent bio-pic surrounding traumatic brain injury
15 September 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

A decent docudrama about Canadian football player Terry Evanshen who fell into a coma following a severe car accident and awoke a stranger. Suffering severe memory loss and personality change, he struggled to put his life and family back together.

This is a CTV (made for TV) production, its pretty good based on that, obviously not a huge budget involved but also not necessary for the type of story being told here.

David James Elliott does an excellent job, giving a powerful performance as a man lost. He awakes in the hospital with no recollection of his family or anything else in his life. Frustrated he begins to show increasingly erratic and aggressive behaviour.

I think the biggest part of this story is Terry's wife Lorraine played by Wendy Crewson. Strong and supportive, Lorraine never gives up hope that the man she fell in love with as a teenager will pull through and get better. Even after his medical diagnosis of permanent brain damage she (almost naively) believes that with her love and support the man she married will return to normal.

There are dark sides to this story which are accurate with TBI (traumatic brain injury) including some violence and Terry forcing himself on his wife. The children also become afraid of their father but are ultimately what help save him. Worth a watch. 9/10/15

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