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When He's Not a Stranger (1989)

At a California university, Lyn goes to meet her best friend Melanie in the dorm room of Melanie's boyfriend Ron, a football star. When Lyn arrives, Melanie is not there. Ron forces himself... See full summary »

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John Gray

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Josephine Cummings (story), Richard Yalem (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Annabeth Gish ... Lyn McKenna
John Terlesky ... Ron Cooper
Kevin Dillon ... Rick
Kim Myers ... Melaine Fairchild
Annabella Price Annabella Price ... D.A. Barbara Rumson
John M. Jackson ... Woodward University Coach (as John Jackson)
Stephen Elliott Stephen Elliott ... Attorney Foster
Janet Carroll ... Counselor
Allan Arbus ... Judge Thomas J. Gray
Jordan Charney ... Chancellor Hammond
Micole Mercurio ... Emily McKenna
Paul Dooley ... Ben McKenna
Michael Oscar Michael Oscar ... Doug
John Lacy ... Football Player #1
Johnny Judkins Johnny Judkins ... Football Player #2
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Storyline

At a California university, Lyn goes to meet her best friend Melanie in the dorm room of Melanie's boyfriend Ron, a football star. When Lyn arrives, Melanie is not there. Ron forces himself on Lyn. When she resists, Ron throws her on the bed and rapes her. Lyn initially tries to forget about it, but when she does decide to pursue a university hearing, the pressure of Melanie, Ron, and the school is brought to bear... Written by David Woodfield

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 November 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Someone You Know See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

A TV movie made for the CBS network. See more »

Quotes

Mel: Oh, I get it, I had more Barbie dolls than you, so you had to steal my boyfriend?
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Connections

References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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Very Well Done
21 October 2003 | by MichaelMovieLoftSee all my reviews

I saw this back in 1989 when it premiered on TV. It was supposed to premiere around the same time as the World Series but was moved postponed when the San Francisco earthquake happened. It stars the beautiful Annabeth Gish as a young college student named Lyn, who is in love with a college football star Ron. Ron also takes an interest in Lyn, but is dating her best friend. One night, Ron is invites Lyn into his dorm and decides to rape her. When she tries to defend herself, Ron is protected and Lyn is disciplined for drinking. So the next step is court.

This was made around the time the term "date rape" became a buzzword. It was very realistic as it showed how the victim is affected, but the impression it gives to her peers (especially if the accused is the big man on campus), and the families struggle to deal with a one sided system. The ending is unexpected, but it works well. The performances are great all around and you really feel that is was based on a true story, even if the story itself is just a screenplay. It is still a very well written screenplay.


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