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Men Don't Tell (1993)

This movie shows another side to spousal abuse that not too many people thought is possible--the husband being abused and the wife the abuser.

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Harry Winer
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Strauss ... Ed MacAffrey
Judith Light ... Laura MacAffrey
James Gammon ... Jack MacAffrey
Noble Willingham ... Riley
Stephen Lee ... Chuck
Mary Kane Mary Kane ... Susan
Richard Gant ... Pope
Reni Santoni
Carroll Baker ... Ruth
Ashley Johnson ... Cindy
Michael Rand Michael Rand ... Alan MacAffrey
Cliff Bemis ... Danny
Nick Angotti Nick Angotti ... Greg
Guy Killum ... Cop #1
Katherine Cortez ... Cop #2
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This movie shows another side to spousal abuse that not too many people thought is possible--the husband being abused and the wife the abuser.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 March 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Büszke férfiak See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Is based on a true story. See more »

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Laurie's hair changes from long to short & back again from scene to scene. See more »

Quotes

Cindy: Stop it, mommy! Stop yelling!
Laura MacAffrey: Don't talk to me like that; I am your mother!
Cindy: I want you to stop it!
[Laura slaps her very hard]
Cindy: [cries out in pain] OW!
Ed MacAffrey: NO!
Laura MacAffrey: [about to hit her again] Stop cry...
[Ed grabs Laura]
Ed MacAffrey: DON'T YOU DARE HIT HER!
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Women can be dangerous abusers
22 August 2001 | by fttwtwsSee all my reviews

In this heroic effort to show another side of domestic violence, Judith Light, who plays the main character, found herself learning about a situation she'd never dreamed was possible. Yet it is true--there are violent women, and just as the character played by Peter Strauss finds, there is no help for male victims. Light and Strauss give honest portrayals of people caught in an ugly situation.

Although it was fairly accurate for the time regarding police involvement and other details,laws have changed since this movie was made, rendering many details obsolete. Still, it is the *only* movie of its kind, daring to recognize a hidden, albeit politically incorrect reality.


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