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Taking Back My Life: The Nancy Ziegenmeyer Story (1992)

True story about a rape victim who took a stand that rape is never the victim's fault and inspired many other victims who felt shame about what had happened to them to speak out.

Director:

Harry Winer

Writer:

April Smith
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Cast

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Patricia Wettig ... Nancy Ziegenmeyer
Stephen Lang ... Steven Ziegenmeyer
Shelley Hack ... Nan Horvat
Joanna Cassidy ... Geneva Overholser
Gina Hecht ... Deanne
Eileen Brennan ... Vicky Martin
Ellen Burstyn ... Wilma
Joe Dorsey ... Detective Roth
Susan Walden ... Dr. Kees
Eric Ware Eric Ware ... Bobby Lee Smith
Ray McKinnon ... Les
Anthony Herrera Anthony Herrera ... Owens
Grayson Fricke Grayson Fricke ... Nick
Lonnie R. Smith Jr. Lonnie R. Smith Jr. ... Blue Eyes
Kristen Ziegenmeyer Kristen Ziegenmeyer ... Sissy
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True story about a rape victim who took a stand that rape is never the victim's fault and inspired many other victims who felt shame about what had happened to them to speak out.

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Coragem de Uma Mulher See more »

Filming Locations:

Memphis, Tennessee, USA

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Taking Back My Life: The Nancy Ziegenmeyer Story
29 April 2018 | by a_baronSee all my reviews

This film based on real events has an obvious agenda. Nancy Ziegenmeyer was the victim of an unambiguous rape. She was also a faithless wife - the word bicycle springs to mind. As it could not have been made without her cooperation, one must assume the unflattering way she is portrayed here is faithful.

The rape is not shown; actual reports of it are graphic, and the racial angle has been totally ignored. So what is its agenda? When did anyone ever get the dumb idea that rape victims "ask for it", or did they ever? The reality is that this is a complex issue. As so-called feminist Camille Paglia has often pointed out, a young woman who goes to a guy's room scantilly dressed and the worse for drink is asking for trouble. A woman who forgets to lock her car door is not.

In spite of its agenda, this is a film worth watching. Thankfully there is not a screaming second wave feminist in sight.


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