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Victims for Victims: The Theresa Saldana Story (1984)

The true story of the brutal attack on actress Theresa Saldana by an unbalanced fan. As a result of her ordeal and its aftermath, Saldana becomes involved in the victims' rights movement.


Karen Arthur
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Theresa Saldana ... Theresa Saldana
Adrian Zmed ... Fred Feliciano
Lelia Goldoni ... Mrs. Saldana
Lawrence Pressman ... Dr. Stein
Mariclare Costello ... Jane Bladow
Linda Carlson Linda Carlson ... Miriam Schneider
Stanley Kamel ... D.A. Mike Knight
Pierrino Mascarino ... Mr. Saldana
Patricia McAneny ... Dolly
William Allen Young
Estelle Getty
Barbara Tarbuck
Kate Charleson Kate Charleson
Philip English Philip English ... Arthur Jackson
Arva Holt Arva Holt


Before stalking was a well-known crime in North America, there was Theresa Saldana's story. A drifter from the U.K., Arthur Jackson, flies to the U.S. to seek Saldana out. His twisted mission: Jackson planned to murder Saldana, then request the death sentence for himself so he "could join her in paradise". The psychopathic Jackson confronts Saldana on the street in front of her home, and stabs her violently several times. No one comes to Theresa's aid except water deliveryman Jeff Fenn, who overpowers Jackson and gets the knife away from him. Jackson is arrested & charged with attempted murder...and Theresa Saldana tells her story of terror and survival as herself in this TV movie. Written by medic249a2

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The Stranger, The Fear, The Flashing Blade...Her Nightmare Begins


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Nothing more authentic than a real victim playing a victim.
14 November 2019 | by mmsexybettySee all my reviews

I thought it was remarkable that Theresa Saldana was brave enough to portray herself in her own biopic, and relive the horrible ordeal she went through. She didn't have to "act". She was very real, and the near fatal attack on her was real. One of the reviewers to say that it's ironic that she starred in a role that she ordinarily wouldn't of gotten, is a very insensitive thing to say. This "role" as you called it, was a first person account of something horrid that happened to her and was almost killed as a result. Unless we can walk in her shoes, and experience what she experienced, I feel no one has the right to critique Theresa on her "perfomance". All her emotions were real; whether or not it was a re-enactment or not is irrevelant. Miss Saldana wasn't doing a re-enactment of someone else's life; she was re-enacting HER life and what she went through. She was right when she said that only another victim like herself can really understand what she went through. I'm an actress, and if I was to play a re-enactment of an attack of this kind, would I play the victim with the right conviction? I've thankfully never been in that kind of situation; and I would put as much realism into the role as I could. Theresa did live that ordeal; and I give her a lot of kudos for showing the public what she went through. This is not your typical movie where it calls for criticism of the acting or the role of the director. This woman was telling her OWN personal story, and I feel that she deserves a lot of respect. Thank you, Miss Saldana, for sharing your story and not turning into a typical Hollywood story. May you RIP.

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12 November 1984 (USA) See more »

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