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A Life Interrupted (2007)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, History | TV Movie 23 April 2007
After Debbie Smith was raped, she didn't take the law into her own hands. She wrote the law.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Debbie Smith
... Rob Smith
... Crystal Smith
Éléonore Lamothe ... Young Crystal (as Eleonore Lamothe)
... Young Bobby
Tommy Lioutas ... Bobby Smith
Cary Lawrence ... Emily
Ralph Prosper ... Norman Jimmerman
Trevor Hayes ... Mike Yost
... Molly
Malcolm Travis ... D.A. Mike McGinty
Saskia Rose Gaucher ... Young Tawny
... Dr. Paul Ferrara
... Defense Attorney
... George Li
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Based on a true story. In 1989, Debbie Smith was living a quiet life as a housewife with her police officer husband, Rob and their two kids, but one day it's all shattered. While her husband slept upstairs, Debbie was dragged from her kitchen in broad daylight and brutally raped in the woods. After going through the dehumanizing rape-kit, she waited with fear and paranoia. Six years later, her rapist was caught through a chance DNA test. After learning how many rape-kits go untested and how long women wait to get justice, Debbie makes it her mission so no one women will suffer the long wait to get justice. Written by r2k443

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The t-shirt blindfold used to cover Debbie's eyes changes between shots. See more »

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Referenced in American Dad!: Weiner of Our Discontent (2009) See more »

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Great job combining two story threads
26 April 2007 | by See all my reviews

A lot of Lifetime's TV movies get overly preachy when they take on social issues. Not this one. This is a superb human drama that expertly combines two story threads: the trauma that Debbie Smith faced from being raped and her involvement in the struggle to increases the resources available to local police departments to run DNA tests to identify rapists even when no suspect has actually been identified or taken into custody. This film brings us Debbie's trauma and how her rape hurts not only her but her family as well, turning her off to sex with her husband (the scene in which she freaks out in bed because he's inadvertently used an endearment that was also spoken to her by her rapist is especially chilling) and even being exploited by her children's schoolmates as an excuse to tease them. Stefan Pleszczynski directs in a calm, straightforward style that makes the material far more chilling than it would have been in the hands of an artier director; his only miscalculation (and the reason I'm not giving this film a perfect 10) is making the rape scene itself look too pleasant, going for soft-core porn titillation instead of the hard reality of violation. Still, that's a small blemish on an otherwise great production that shows off Lifetime at its best.


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