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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 »
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Cast

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)
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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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Biography | Drama

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English

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March 1983 (USA) See more »

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Abuso See more »

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Seared into my memory
27 February 2005 | by GrandSee all my reviews

I first saw this film at a special screening in 1982 or 1983, and it is so burned into my memory that NOTHING that Raphael Sbarge has done since can supplant some of the scenes from "Abuse," which is not to disparage his 21 years of subsequent work, but to praise this film. I have made it a point to try to see EVERYTHING else Sbarge has appeared in because I was so awed by "Abuse."

SPOILER: I am using "hot" terms to describe this movie because of one scene in particular, in which Thomas is pinned to the floor by his parents and burned with a lit cigarette. The scene is unbelievably shocking and demonstrates the horrible abuse which is too often visited upon Gay kids.

One of the saddest things about "Abuse" is the number of people who will find the relationship between Thomas and Larry (the Gay man who tries to rescue him) to be somehow "more abusive" than the torture of Thomas by his parents!

This is not a film for the squeamish, but I highly recommend it.


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