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Cries Unheard: The Donna Yaklich Story (1994)

Hooked on steroids and unable to control his bursts of sudden rage, a police officer keeps his wife under his thumb and routinely abuses her behind the closed doors of their house.

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Armand Mastroianni
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jaclyn Smith ... Donna Yaklich
Brad Johnson ... Dennis Yaklich
Hilary Swank ... Patty Yaklich
David Lascher ... Denny Yaklich - age 18
Carolyn McCormick ... Susie
Andrew Lawrence ... Denny Yaklich - age 5
Ramsay Midwood Ramsay Midwood ... Eddie Greenwell
Jason Kristofer ... Charlie Greenwell
David Gianopoulos ... Jerry
David Byron David Byron ... Mike
Lisa Robin Kelly ... Charlie's Girlfriend
Gary Hudson ... Steve
Rosanna Huffman Rosanna Huffman ... Lenore Walker
David Cromwell David Cromwell ... Dr. Cassover
Tom Nibley Tom Nibley ... Foreman
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Storyline

Donna Yaklich meets Dennis the policeman and thinks she might have found a good relationship. But Dennis is obsessed with weight-lifting and uses steroids, which make him aggressive and abusive. Getting out of the relationship isn't easy as Dennis isn't willing to let her go, and Donna's options are narrowed down to one remaining alternative. Written by Lars Skogan

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Victim of Rage See more »

Filming Locations:

Newhall, California, USA See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In the movie, Dennis is depicted as having only a stepdaughter from his previous marriage. In real life, Dennis had 3 stepchildren and a daughter of his own from his previous marriage. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie, Donna mentions having served 5 1/2 years of her sentence, but was talking to her son, who is 18. She was convicted when he was 5, so she actually should have served 13 years at this point. See more »

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[last lines]
Donna Yaklich: The average prison sentence for a woman who kills her husband is 15 to 20 years. For a man who kills his wife, 2 to 6 years. I was sentenced to 40 years for conspiracy to commit murder. I've served 5 1/2 years, and I filed for a motion for reconsideration of my sentence, which is currently under review.
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Granted, this movie may not reflect 100% fact
25 June 2006 | by MarieGabrielleSee all my reviews

but the truth is, no woman should EVER endure this torture from her husband.

While Yaklich's reputation has been marred as having planned this out (to collect insurance money) this does not mean she deserved to be beaten and emotionally abused by her husband. Yes, he was a vice cop; that does not give him carte blanche to treat everyone as subordinate, which he apparently did.

There is a brief appearance by Hillary Swank, as Donna's stepdaughter. Brad Johnson and Jaclyn Smith fit the roles accordingly, and if even half of this film is accurate, Donna's husband was a monster.

This film is educational, and helpful for women's issues. Whether or not the victim received money, in the end, is a moot point. Donna deserved a stable marriage, and instead endured years of abuse. This is NEVER acceptable. 8/10


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