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Shattered Dreams (1990)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 13 May 1990
A woman is abused physically and mentally by her husband, a government employee, for over a decade. Finally she finds the courage to get away from him, but the struggle isn't over yet.

Director:

Robert Iscove

Writers:

Charlotte Fedders (book), Laura Elliott (book) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lindsay Wagner ... Charlotte Fedders
Michael Nouri ... John Fedders
Georgann Johnson ... Helen O'Donnell
James Karen ... Charles O'Donnell
Ken Jenkins ... Hal Witt
Irene Miracle ... Elaine
Stan Ivar ... Bryan Renehan
Bryan Clark Bryan Clark ... Martin Ellis
Tom Dahlgren ... Judge McAuliffe
Jay R. Ferguson ... Teenage Luke (as Jay Ferguson)
Patricia Heaton ... Older Dotti
Marilyn Rockafellow Marilyn Rockafellow ... Ellen O'Hare
Tim Ahern ... Kevin
Russ Anderson Russ Anderson ... Wilkes
Bud Anthony Bud Anthony ... SEC Interviewer
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Charlotte marries John. Things seem ok; John has a good job and he's going up in the world, working for the government. But every so often he loses his temper and Charlotte gets the brunt of his anger. During the 18 year course of their marriage, there are at least 8 incidents of physical abuse and countless of mental. Charlotte's family and friends tell her to leave John but she keeps going back, most likely because he has convinced her that she would be nothing without him. It finally explodes in a big divorce battle balancing on the cases of abuse. Written by <DntMesWtMe@aol.com>

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She Discovered a Stranger in the House... Her Husband.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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A reminder of what a good actress Lindsay Wagner is...
20 June 2006 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

A finely-wrought television drama based on a true case of marital abuse involving a driven, insanely ambitious and perfectionist government employee (Michael Nouri, in a solid performance) who bullies, beats up and continually condescends to his spouse, an educated woman from an upscale family who doesn't have the self-esteem or the proper support system to leave this tyrant. Somewhere between her star-making role on TV's "The Bionic Woman" to today's spokeswoman for the Sleep Number Bed, it has occasionally been forgotten that actress Lindsay Wagner has range, depth and sensitivity as an actress, and she gets to utilize much of that range here as the battered wife. This type of TV-drama (with victims learning to speak up) has obviously been done before, but the fine cast warrants attention, and the writing and directing are both commendable.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shattered Dreams: A Moment of Truth See more »

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Production Co:

Carolco Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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