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A Case of Rape (1974)

When she was raped, Ellen thought it was the worst thing to ever happen to her. What was worse was the treatment by the hospital staff, police and the court system when she reported it, and... See full summary »

Director:

Boris Sagal

Writers:

Robert E. Thompson (teleplay), Louis Rudolph (story)
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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elizabeth Montgomery ... Ellen Harrod
William Daniels ... Leonard Alexander
Cliff Potts Cliff Potts ... Larry Retzliff
Rosemary Murphy ... Muriel Dyer
Ronny Cox ... David Harrod
Patricia Smith ... Marge Bracken
Ken Swofford ... Det. Riley
Jonathan Goldsmith ... Det. Parker (as Jonathan Lippe)
Sandy Kenyon
Gerald Hiken Gerald Hiken
Debbie Lytton
Alex Henteloff Alex Henteloff ... Alex
Robert Karnes ... Judge
Charles Macaulay Charles Macaulay ... Dr. Marsden
Mario Gallo ... Photographer
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When she was raped, Ellen thought it was the worst thing to ever happen to her. What was worse was the treatment by the hospital staff, police and the court system when she reported it, and the afttermath of the culprit's apprehension. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sedução See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Television See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The studio wanted to cut the second rape, but Elizabeth Montgomery threatened to walk if they did. The second rape was kept. See more »

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Ahead of its time
29 September 2004 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Harrowing drama of a married woman (Elizabeth Montgomery) who is raped twice by the same man. She is treated like a piece of meat in the hospital (the scene where someone photographs her bruises is unbelievable) and, in court, they act like she deserved it.

I saw this on TV when I was 12 and have never forgotten it. Before this there was never any talk (on TV at least) about this subject. Also, back then, rape was considered an act of lust (!!!!). This haunted me for days after the initial showing. What really got to me was the uncompromising, realistic ending--TV, at that time, always had pat, happy endings. Not this one. Montgomery was absolutely superb in her role and the rapes were presented tastefully. This movie was a HUGE hit in its first two showings. I believe it was instrumental in changing the publics perception of how rape is a disgusting act of violence and how it can destroy a woman's life.

This isn't available in any form that I know of, and that's a shame. It's now 30 years old and deserves a release on DVD. If you can see it, do so. A definite must-see.


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