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

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama | TV Movie 2 October 1989
A victim of domestic violence winds up in an ongoing struggle to get the police to take her seriously, until the abuse escalates to the worst extreme.

Director:

Robert Markowitz

Writer:

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

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Cast

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
Bruce Weitz ... Burton Weinstein
Paul Comi ... Officer Dempsey
Joe George ... Captain Kyker
Redman Gleeson Redman Gleeson ... Officer Bray
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Storyline

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.

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Biography | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 October 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Under the Law: The Tracey Thurman Story See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Based on a true story See more »

Quotes

Buck Thurman: Don't ever leave me, please.
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Disturbing, shocking & true
15 October 2002 | by asherjdoakSee all my reviews

I think Nancy McKeon was great in this movie. Also, the one scene where Buck nearly stabs Tracy to death and the cops hardly lift a finger to stop him just sickened me. The part that scared me to death more than anything was when he had the baby. To this day, I still thank God that the baby wasn't hurt. If I had gotten the call, I would drop everything and just get over there like a bat out of hell, and I also would've shot that crazy b***ard like the rabid dog he was. The way the cops handled this was a complete atrocity, and if I were the judge in this case, I'd sentence Buck to life in jail and have those cops pay all of Tracy's medical bills. I'm glad Tracy and her son are doing all right today, but what scares me the most is the possibility of Buck getting released, because the first thing he's gonna do is find Tracy and the kid and kill them both. If there's any justice at all, any shred of regard for human life, they won't release him.


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