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Unforgivable (1996)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 30 April 1996
A man who batters women, after nearly killing his girlfriend in a violent rage, finds himself facing his own demons when he is forced to join an innovative group therapy program for abusive men.

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Graeme Campbell

Writers:

Adam Rodman (story) (as A.R. Simoun), Adam Rodman (teleplay) (as A.R. Simoun) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Ritter ... Paul Hegstrom
Harley Jane Kozak ... Judy Hegstrom
Kevin Dunn ... Milton 'Milt' Stella
Susan Gibney ... Beth French
Gina Philips ... Tammy (as Gina Phillips)
Mariangela Pino ... Helen Jessup, M.D.
Aaron Leigh Aaron Leigh ... Jeff Hegstrom
Elisabeth Lund Elisabeth Lund ... Heidi Hegstrom
James McDaniel ... Spider
Steven Anderson Steven Anderson ... Doctor
Douglas Caputo Douglas Caputo ... Steve (as Doug Caputo)
Michael Flynn ... Ben Corbin
Carmen Fournier Carmen Fournier ... Patrolman #2
Frank Gerrish ... Dave
Curley Green Curley Green ... Group Member #1
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John Ritter plays a family man who puts his wife through domestic violence and his children through emotional torture. After leaving his family and almost killing his new girlfriend in one of his rages, he is ordered to seek professional help through an innovative therapy program or go to jail. Written by Cris Marion

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Asyghoriti orgi See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Paul Hegstrom: Jeff, I never meant to hurt you.
Jeff Hegstrom: No! You meant to hurt mom!
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Victim Culture ?
24 February 2003 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

John Ritter plays a car salesman ! Don`t know about the States but over here in the UK car salesmen are treated as a bit of a joke so a TVM starring a TV sitcom actor as a car salesman has got to be a comedy right ? No . UNFORGIVABLE is about a car salesman who likes to beat up women

To be honest Ritter doesn`t make a very good job of playing Paul Hegstrom but he`s not helped by the way the character is written . In most of these types of domestic abuse stories the character should have a large amount of juxtaposition - cruel to his wife and family but charming to customers and work colleagues . But UNFORGIVABLE shows Hegstrom to be an abrasive bad tempered jerk to everyone and the viewer will be surprised as to why on earth anyone would want to go for an after work drink with him.

But the main problem I have this TVM is that it comes close to painting Hegstrom as a victim too . As a child young Paul saw his father beat his mother and UNFORGIVABLE insinuates that this is the root core of his violence . Can anyone give me scientific proof that this is the case ? Likewise can anyone offer clear evidence that group therapy will break a cycle of violence ? It`s a bit like saying the Middle East conflict can be solved by world leaders attending a meeting three times a week where they can all shout at each other


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