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The Brute (1977)

R | | Crime, Drama | 22 March 1977 (UK)
Glamour model Diane Shepherd is routinely being beaten by her husband Tim, who accuses her of infidelity. When she can't take it anymore, she finds shelter with photographer Mark and his ... See full summary »

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... Diane
... Teddy
Roberta Gibbs ... Maria
... Mark
Suzanne Stone ... Carrie
... Psychiatrist
Nicholas Barnes ... Tim Shepherd
Charlotte Cornwell ... Primrose
Jenny Twigge ... Millie
Sylvester Morand ... Alan
James Farrar ... Charlie
Ricki Stewardson ... Scruffy boy
David Millett ... Eric
Clive Graham ... Police sergeant
Anne Godley ... Community house woman
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Glamour model Diane Shepherd is routinely being beaten by her husband Tim, who accuses her of infidelity. When she can't take it anymore, she finds shelter with photographer Mark and his girlfriend Carrie. They introduce Diana to Millie, who is in a similar situation. Meanwhile, Tim informs Diane that if she doesn't come back to him, he will see to it that he gains custody of their son, Timmy. Written by Il Tesoro

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do you hate him...or do you love him?

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for domestic violence, sexuality and some language | See all certifications »
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This was released in the UK on PAL VHS prerecorded videocassette on the BRENT WALKER video label in the early 80's. as of 2018; it's never been released on DVD in the UK on region 2. it has however been released on region 1 DVD in the US on the TRINITY label. the video/ DVD releases are both out of print & valuable collector's items. See more »

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Caught this on cable TV back in the1980s
25 January 2012 | by See all my reviews

Back when cable TV was new (early 1980s) some of the movie channels were airing obscure British films like this to fill time slots. Most of the them (like this one) were pretty good. It deals with Diana Shepherd (Sarah Douglas) being routinely beaten by her sadistic husband Teddy (Julian Glover). She realizes she can't deal with it anymore and leaves...but Teddy won't let her have their child Timmy.

The beatings themselves are (pretty obviously) faked but this does deal with an touchy subject matter with taste and intelligence. This is much better than the TV movies over here dealing with the same subject back then. The acting is good across the board and it does have a happy and believable ending. No great shakes but it's stayed with me for almost 30 years! Recommended.


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