The film attracted a lot of controversy at the time of release due to the graphic nature of the rape scene. Rapes had been depicted onscreen before, Hope Lange's violation in Death Wish (1974) being a notable example, but they had rarely been shown in such detail and at such length. Lamont Johnson intended with the rape scene to almost make the audience feel that they were being subjected to the ordeal themselves. Unfortunately, many groups, mainly feminist ones, felt that he was merely exploiting the situation and his lead actress. See more »
In the final scene with the shotgun, the edge of a green stuntman's mat (or airbag) is visible at the lower right side of the car. See more »
This was first viewed by me on H.B.O. in 1980. I found the acting, and content very appropriate for this time frame. The was the fist time I saw two Hemingway sisters playing sisters. With a name like Hemingway I was sure it would be good. I was not dis-appointed. Chris Sarandon (Susan's former Husband) will always be remembered for his part in this movie. See this movie from beginning to end to get the full effect.
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