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Abuse (1983)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama | March 1983 (USA)
Brutally abused by his parents, teenage Thomas finds comfort in associating with a film director who is making a documentary about physical child abuse. The two fall in love, and the elder ... See full summary »




Credited cast:
Richard Ryder Richard Ryder ... Larry
Raphael Sbarge ... Thomas
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dennis Baines Dennis Baines ... Waiter
Arthur J. Bressan Sr. Arthur J. Bressan Sr. ... Street Interviewee
Mickey Clark Mickey Clark ... Laura
J.J. Davis J.J. Davis ... Woman In Restaurant
Jean Garrett Jean Garrett ... Dean Kinkaid
Kathy Gerber Kathy Gerber ... Kathy Logan
Kathy Giotta Kathy Giotta ... Elaine
Jack Halton Jack Halton ... Professor Rappaport
Steve James ... Dr. Bennett (as Steve W. James)
John Kartovsky John Kartovsky ... Man In Restaurant
Julie Kurnitz Julie Kurnitz ... Street Interviewee
Billy Lux Billy Lux ... Aaron
Luba Mason ... Sara (as Luba Gregus)


Brutally abused by his parents, teenage Thomas finds comfort in associating with a film director who is making a documentary about physical child abuse. The two fall in love, and the elder is faced with the decision of either running away with Thomas or focusing on his career and thereby letting the boy possibly be beaten to death. Written by Anonymous

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The First Honest Look at Abuse I Saw
19 January 2014 | by johndt41See all my reviews

Arthur J Bressan Jr started out making gay porn but before his death from AIDS he made two commercial films. The second one is Buddies which is about the buddy system developed to help infected people in the early days of the epidemic. His first commercial film is Abuse and he based it on an episode in his own life. As in the film Bressan met a teenage boy who was being abused. They became lovers. The boy was abused for years by his parents. The abuse became so severe Bressan feared the boy would be killed so he moved the two of them to a different city keeping their identities hidden.

I was abused by parents and others from birth so I have seen it all. As an abuse survivor I longed for years for a movie about my experiences with my family and others. I didn't have the family the priests and nuns said I had in Catholic School. In fact, the nuns and priests were not the nice people they claimed to be either. There are little touches in this film that are clues that it is based on fact. When the boy talks about the sessions in which his father burns him and he can tell when it is about to happen because that is when his mother strengthens her grip on him as an abuse survivor I recognized this detail as being the kind of detail a non survivor would not think of.

Bressan spares no one including himself: He has one of the characters say about him something he knows to be true: That by having a sexual relationship with the boy he went from being the boy's savior to being his molester. Child abuse is not just a series of trauma events; child abuse is an entire environment in which the child is betrayed by those who are supposed to care for him. All the child's needs are ignored, the child is not kept safe and the abusers maintain an appearance that prevents the child from getting help. Abused children do not fall through the cracks; we are stomped through and Bressan shows how it is done. It is for this reason I give his film a 10.

After the move I read that Bressan helped the boy stabilize his life and eventually the boy met someone age appropriate. I salute Bressan his courage and humility.

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