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When She Was Bad... (1979)

Stressed by a recent move and being a stay-at-home mom, Teeny takes out her bottled-up rage on her daughter Robbie. Only the help of her friends, family and counselors can stop her from harming Robbie and herself.

Director:

Peter H. Hunt

Writer:

Carmen Culver
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Cast overview:
Cheryl Ladd ... Betina 'Teeny' Morgan
Robert Urich ... Bob Morgan
Eileen Brennan ... Mary Jensen
Dabney Coleman ... Jack Wilson
Marcia Lewis Marcia Lewis ... Gloria
Ramon Bieri ... Dr. Gilbert
Nicole Eggert ... Robbie Morgan
Roxanne Gregory Roxanne Gregory ... Jack's Wife
Michael Flanagan Michael Flanagan ... Dr. Giles
Paul Larson Paul Larson ... Harrison
Judy Kiern Judy Kiern ... Jan
J.P. Bumstead J.P. Bumstead ... Man
Julie Parrish ... Nurse
Bill Stayers Bill Stayers ... Sam
Keith Jackson ... Himself
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After moving into a new home, couple Bobby and Teeny begin constant arguing. Bobby is busy with his new job at a local factory, and Teeny, who has a bad past with her daughter Robbie, is left in charge of the household, leading her to take out her stress on Robbie until the intervention of a helpful and caring woman named Mary gets Teeny's attention. But is it already too late? Written by GasMaskProductionsBooks

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 November 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A New Start See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A curious change of pace for an acting Angel...
13 March 2009 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Before Farrah Fawcett starred in the wife-abuse television film "The Burning Bed", unintentionally spawning a new genre for TV movies--glamorous actresses going gritty with serious material--another "Charlie's Angels" star, Cheryl Ladd, went dramatic; here, she's the abuser. A suburban wife and mother finds she can't control a streak of inner-rage against her little girl, sending off signals to her husband (Robert Ulrich) but not getting any answers. This glossy production means well, but it promises a lot more than it delivers. Ladd, herself a proponent against child abuse in real-life, does mediocre work and Carmen Culver's tame script is disappointingly flat (especially when compared to another TV-movie, "Mary Jane Harper Cried Last Night" from 1977). Ladd was definitely not the forerunner for domestic unrest: she is coiffed, manicured, and flatteringly photographed. Perhaps she was making a point--that even upscale wives and mothers can easily spin out of control--but it doesn't lend this scenario any backbone when the lead actress looks like a million dollars.


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