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A Case of Rape (1974)

When she was raped, Ellen thought it was the worst thing to ever happen to her. What was worse was the treatment by the hospital staff, police and the court system when she reported it, and... See full summary »

Director:

Boris Sagal

Writers:

Robert E. Thompson (teleplay), Louis Rudolph (story)
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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elizabeth Montgomery ... Ellen Harrod
William Daniels ... Leonard Alexander
Cliff Potts Cliff Potts ... Larry Retzliff
Rosemary Murphy ... Muriel Dyer
Ronny Cox ... David Harrod
Patricia Smith ... Marge Bracken
Ken Swofford ... Det. Riley
Jonathan Goldsmith ... Det. Parker (as Jonathan Lippe)
Sandy Kenyon
Gerald Hiken Gerald Hiken
Debbie Lytton
Alex Henteloff Alex Henteloff ... Alex
Robert Karnes ... Judge
Charles Macaulay Charles Macaulay ... Dr. Marsden
Mario Gallo ... Photographer
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When she was raped, Ellen thought it was the worst thing to ever happen to her. What was worse was the treatment by the hospital staff, police and the court system when she reported it, and the afttermath of the culprit's apprehension. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sedução See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The studio wanted to cut the second rape, but Elizabeth Montgomery threatened to walk if they did. The second rape was kept. See more »

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Liz Montgomery Blows Image in Important, Disturbing Film
30 November 2005 | by Isaac5855See all my reviews

I must concur with the previous posters regarding this landmark NBC TV movie that changed the genre forever and initiated a new career and more sophisticated image for the late Elizabeth Montgomery. This television classic starred Montgomery (in a performance that should have won her an Emmy)as a housewife who gets raped twice by the same man. She does not report the 1st rape but she does report the second and the film shows the indignities this woman suffers from the courts and the insensitivity and mistrust she experiences from her husband (Ronny Cox) and her best friend (Patricia Smith). There is actually a horrific scene where Montgomery meets with best friend Smith, who actually wants details about what happened and implies that her friend might have enjoyed it. This movie pulls no punches, makes no compromises or apologies, and promises no happy endings. It was reported that when the script was first submitted to network executives, they wanted to cut the second rape. A long time friend of Ms. Montgomery stated that she responded by submitting a list of names of other actresses who might be interested in appearing in the film because she would quit if they changed the script. This is a mature, disturbing, adult movie that is so well-crafted, it could have merited theatrical release and I find it amazing that this movie is not available on video. An intelligent script, uncompromising direction by Boris Sagal, and solid supporting performances by Cox, Rosemary Murphy and Williams Daniels as the attorneys involved, and Cliff Potts as the unapologetic rapist, made this film an instant classic and it's truly criminal if this film is not available on video. All serious students and connoisseurs of great drama and superb acting should see this important and disturbing movie.


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