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A Cry for Help: The Tracey Thurman Story (1989)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama | TV Movie 2 October 1989
A victim of domestic violence winds up in an ongoing struggle to get the police to take her seriously, until the abuse escalates to the worst extreme.

Director:

Robert Markowitz

Writer:

Beth Sullivan
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nancy McKeon ... Tracey Thurman
Dale Midkiff ... Buck Thurman
Graham Jarvis ... Officer Danziger
Yvette Heyden Yvette Heyden ... Judy Bentley
Terri Hanauer ... Cheryl
Philip Baker Hall ... Judge Blumenfeld
David Wohl ... Nagel
David Ciminello David Ciminello ... Rick
Priscilla Pointer ... Tracey's Mother
Seth Isler Seth Isler ... Lewis
Burton Collins
Bruce Weitz ... Burton Weinstein
Paul Comi ... Officer Dempsey
Joe George ... Captain Kyker
Redman Gleeson Redman Gleeson ... Officer Bray
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Tracy Thurman was married to a man who abused her. But he continues to harass her after she gets a restraining order, and the police do little to help. When he brutally beats her and slashes her throat in front of police, she sues the city and the police department for failing to protect her. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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The movie every woman should watch before even THINKING about getting married.

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Biography | Drama

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The inspiration for this NBC "Movie-of-the-Week" came from a segment on ABC's 20/20 entitled, 20/20: Please, Somebody Help Me (1986), that was produced, directed and co-written by Karyn J. Taylor. See more »

Quotes

Buck Thurman: Don't ever leave me, please.
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30 December 2001 | by dopro160See all my reviews

What a great movie, excellently portrayed by Nancy McKeon and Dale Midkiff. While watching this movie, though , I experienced an unbelievable feeling of anxiety. I was in (and escaped from) an abusive marriage, and the character of Buck Thurman was so similar in every way to my ex that I found it extremely difficult to watch. Women who watch this movie, and have never experienced abuse can either pity women who are trapped (and they are literally trapped) in abusive relationships, or hate them and call them stupid for staying. I can only say that unless you have been in the situation, you will never comprehend the horror and trauma of it. It is ignorant to believe that women stay in abusive relationships because they are too stupid to get out. Their relationships don't start out abusive. Just try to imagine someone whom you love unconditionally and have decided to spend the rest of your life with evolving slowly, then dramatically into a mentally and physically abusive monster. You may be able to imagine that, but you will never be able to imagine having all self-respect beaten out of you, nor will you be able to imagine the feelings of fear, degradation, humility, and hopelessness. Those feelings, are why women stay.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 October 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Under the Law: The Tracey Thurman Story See more »

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