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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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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Although Donna's sentence was 40 years, she was paroled after 18 years and is now living free and relocated in another state. In fact all perpetrators have served their sentences and have been released. 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 »

Quotes

Eddie Greenwell: Man, you sure are lucky to have such a beautfiul, thoughtful wife, Dennis.
Dennis Yaklich: Donna's a selfish, manipulating woman.
Eddie Greenwell: [goes concerned] She don't seem that way.
Dennis Yaklich: You don't understand women. They'll do anything they can to try and shatter your dreams, try and make you something you can never be. You know what I mean, huh?
Eddie Greenwell: [quietly] Yeah...
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Insensitive world we live in
1 February 2006 | by JayegillelandSee all my reviews

I am shocked at the manner in which some people view domestic abuse. It seems that if the woman is being abused, she did something to deserve it and the punishment is light. I believe that Dennis Yalkich was a bully and abused his position as a police officer. It is a known fact that he intimidated his co-workers and would stop at nothing in order to get his way. Why didn't others report him? Are you kidding me? Would you report someone who might come and terrorize you and yours? Where could Donna go? 'Leave her child and flee for her own safety'?? What mother in her right mind would leave her child with a monster? The injustice and unprofessional manner in which the judge acted is such a poor example of our justice system. While I think that the movie could have been 'better', I still thought it was good enough to watch on 2 different occasions. I've read nothing but support for Dennis and how he was the 'victim' here. I see a lot of other victims, those who sympathize with those who abuse their positions and take advantage of others.


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