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A Cry for Help: The Tracey Thurman Story (1989)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama | TV Movie 2 October 1989
Tracy Thurman was married to a man who abused her. But he continues to harass her after she gets a restraining order, and the police do little to help. When he brutally beats her and ... See full summary »


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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nancy McKeon ... Tracey Thurman
Dale Midkiff ... Buck Thurman
Graham Jarvis ... Officer Danziger
Yvette Heyden Yvette Heyden ... Judy Bentley
Terri Hanauer ... Cheryl
Philip Baker Hall ... Judge Blumenfeld
David Wohl ... Nagel
David Ciminello David Ciminello ... Rick
Priscilla Pointer ... Tracey's Mother
Seth Isler Seth Isler ... Lewis
Burton Collins Burton Collins
Bruce Weitz ... Burton Weinstein
Paul Comi ... Officer Dempsey
Joe George ... Captain Kyker
Redman Gleeson Redman Gleeson ... Officer Bray


Tracy Thurman was married to a man who abused her. But he continues to harass her after she gets a restraining order, and the police do little to help. When he brutally beats her and slashes her throat in front of police, she sues the city and the police department for failing to protect her. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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The movie every woman should watch before even THINKING about getting married.


Biography | Drama


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Release Date:

2 October 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Under the Law: The Tracey Thurman Story See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The inspiration for this NBC "Movie-of-the-Week" came from a segment on ABC's 20/20 entitled, 20/20: Please, Somebody Help Me (1986), that was produced, directed and co-written by Karyn J. Taylor. See more »


Tracey Thurman: You know what the problem is. The problem is he's threatening to kill me!
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Incredible Story,Courageous Woman!
17 February 2002 | by caromiSee all my reviews

Tracy Thurman was truly a pioneer in the fight for women's rights and protection, this is a horrifying landmark case before the anti-stalking laws that we have today were put into effect. Tracy's courageous fight for help with Buck is a testament to her strength and willpower and the lack of police help that she experienced is shameful. Had I been on the jury, I would have awarded her 20 Million from the county,police,state and anywhere else I could, she would own the town if I'd been a deciding factor. The police force is a complete disgrace and those officers, especially the one who stopped to pee before going to her "aid", should be in jail along with Buck Thurman. Forever. The death penalty is entirely justified in a case like this because someone like Buck will only repeat his offenses when he's released.

I would love to know where Tracy is today, not physically located but how her life is going and how she's recovered. I've included her in my prayers many,many times.

Someone below commented that she was weak. I've never been a victim of domestic abuse but can see how easily someone could get sucked into the pattern of abuse by a manipulative spouse. Buck was evil, a stalker, an abuser and he was ALLOWED to repeatedly attack Tracy, a young mother with 2 children. Her survival and her insistance on fighting Buck,the town and the police force in a court of law shows tremendous courage, not weakness. I would think that someone seeing her abuse as weakness might be someone who doesn't have much life experience to draw on.

I pray that she gets only good things from her life in the future, she is a role model for other women in similar circumstances.

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