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Men Don't Tell (1993)

This movie shows another side to spousal abuse that not too many people thought is possible--the husband being abused and the wife the abuser.


Harry Winer
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Strauss ... Ed MacAffrey
Judith Light ... Laura MacAffrey
James Gammon ... Jack MacAffrey
Noble Willingham ... Riley
Stephen Lee ... Chuck
Mary Kane Mary Kane ... Susan
Richard Gant ... Pope
Reni Santoni
Carroll Baker ... Ruth
Ashley Johnson ... Cindy
Michael Rand Michael Rand ... Alan MacAffrey
Cliff Bemis ... Danny
Nick Angotti Nick Angotti ... Greg
Guy Killum ... Cop #1
Katherine Cortez ... Cop #2


This movie shows another side to spousal abuse that not too many people thought is possible--the husband being abused and the wife the abuser.

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Release Date:

14 March 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Büszke férfiak See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Laurie's hair changes from long to short & back again from scene to scene. See more »


Cindy: Grandpa? Is mommy gonna be okay?
Jack MacAffrey: I sure hope so, sweetheart. Come here.
Cindy: Well, is mommy gonna get into trouble?
Jack MacAffrey: In trouble for what, honey?
Cindy: Well, for what she did to daddy.
Jack MacAffrey: What do you mean?
Cindy: Well, for being so mean to daddy all the time and yelling and breaking things and hitting us and stuff.
Jack MacAffrey: [amazed] Mommy... did all this?
[Cindy nods]
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A story that NEEDED to be told!!!
29 July 2010 | by ttaskmasterSee all my reviews

OK, so this is a made-for-TV movie, so don't go expecting Ocar-winning performances..... Adopt that outlook and this film will have you blown over!! For such an unusual subject matter as a beaten husband, it takes a very good actor to play that role convincingly. The character must be portrayed not as a cowering weakling, nor an angry, affronted paragon of masculinity... But as a normal, real man. There is only ever one REAL man in the movie industry and he's right here in the lead role - Peter Strauss.

By Real Man, I do mean that he responds as most real men would when suddenly battered by the one person they love beyond all else... Out of love. People who love stay with their beloved, as long as they can and you can feel every moment of angst in Strauss's performance. Even at the very end, you can tell he has nothing but absolute love for his wife and what he does is done because of that love.

This is my first film with Judith Light and several other cast members. Light's performance as a loving yet unhinged wife did come across as slightly over-the-top, but that just makes it necessarily dramatic and hammers home effectively the years of abuse in the 95 minutes such a production is limited to.

The supporting cast too deliver their roles well, but as with all such acting styles that find their way into TV movies, you have to watch closely to see the best of it as, just like in real life, it is very subtle.

For some reason, this film attracted a lot of negativity from certain womens groups. Perhaps because, like most people, they don't believe such a thing could ever be true and are just as shocked when they discover it is far more prevalent than anyone could imagine.

Conclusion: Another ABSOLUTE must see from the Strauss repertoire!!

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