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Cries Unheard: The Donna Yaklich Story (1994)

Hooked on steroids and unable to control his bursts of sudden rage, a police officer keeps his wife under his thumb and routinely abuses her behind the closed doors of their house.

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Armand Mastroianni
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jaclyn Smith ... Donna Yaklich
Brad Johnson ... Dennis Yaklich
Hilary Swank ... Patty Yaklich
David Lascher ... Denny Yaklich - age 18
Carolyn McCormick ... Susie
Andrew Lawrence ... Denny Yaklich - age 5
Ramsay Midwood Ramsay Midwood ... Eddie Greenwell
Jason Kristofer ... Charlie Greenwell
David Gianopoulos ... Jerry
David Byron David Byron ... Mike
Lisa Robin Kelly ... Charlie's Girlfriend
Gary Hudson ... Steve
Rosanna Huffman Rosanna Huffman ... Lenore Walker
David Cromwell David Cromwell ... Dr. Cassover
Tom Nibley Tom Nibley ... Foreman
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Storyline

Donna Yaklich meets Dennis the policeman and thinks she might have found a good relationship. But Dennis is obsessed with weight-lifting and uses steroids, which make him aggressive and abusive. Getting out of the relationship isn't easy as Dennis isn't willing to let her go, and Donna's options are narrowed down to one remaining alternative. Written by Lars Skogan

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Victim of Rage See more »

Filming Locations:

Newhall, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In the movie, Dennis is depicted as having only a stepdaughter from his previous marriage. In real life, Dennis had 3 stepchildren and a daughter of his own from his previous marriage. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie, Donna mentions having served 5 1/2 years of her sentence, but was talking to her son, who is 18. She was convicted when he was 5, so she actually should have served 13 years at this point. See more »

Quotes

Dennis Yaklich: [after being forced home from escaping] Do you know how bad I want to kill you?
Donna Yaklich: Yes, I do.
Dennis Yaklich: If you ever try and take my son away from me again, I'm gonna cut your sister Susie's throat and make you watch.
[Donna cries]
Dennis Yaklich: [goes closer to her] And you know what I'm gonna do to you, huh?
Donna Yaklich: No, what are you gonna do?
Dennis Yaklich: [whispers] I'm gonna slice you up and bury the pieces of you all over the Rockies. And guess what?
Donna Yaklich: [cries harder] What?
Dennis Yaklich: I'll get away with it.
Donna Yaklich: It wouldn't be the first time, would it?
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Pure fiction, and not that good of fiction
7 December 2006 | by damnsickofthebullcrapSee all my reviews

I knew Dennis and met Donna when I worked in Pueblo.Other than the fact she was a two bit mercenary whore who manipulated him and abused his kids, not to mention punished his daughter for crying at his death, I guess you could say it was an accurate portrayal... at least you got the sex right (as quite a few in the area could attest) All a woman has to do is cry abuse and the knee jerk reaction is to rally to her side whether there is an iota of truth or not. He was not an angel... but who is? He wasn't killed because he beat his wife... he was killed because he was going to divorce her! Not much of a movie plot, is it? It's easy for a cut rate producer and bottom tier director to pick on a dead man... he can't sue. This whole movie is pure organic fertilizer. If you have a beautiful lady play the part, even a skank bar whore can appear sympathetic


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