A Cry for Help: The Tracey Thurman Story (1989)





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Tracey Thurman was a real-life Connecticut housewife who, throughout her marriage, suffered horrendous abuse at the hands of her husband. The beatings culminate in a single bloody night when Buck Thurman stabs his estranged wife 13 times. She survives--barely--and Buck is arrested. Having failed to get proper protection from the local police force, Tracey successfully sued the officers in 1989. The long-range result was the Thurman Law, which called for mandatory arrests in wife-beating cases in Connecticut and several other states. Nancy McKeon, who plays Tracey Thurman in A Cry for Help, starred in the film in the hope that it would prevent Buck Thurman's early release from prison. A Cry For Help: The Tracy Thurman Story first aired on October 2, 1989; Thurman was scheduled for release in 1991.
Drama , Television
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Dick Clark Productions


Nancy McKeon
as Tracey Thurman
Bruce Weitz
as Weinstein
Terri Hanauer
as Cheryl
Graham Jarvis
as Danziger
Walter Addison
as Bailiff
David Wohl
as Nagel
Seth Isler
as Lewis
Joe George
as Kyker
David Hooks
as Judge #1
Paul Comi
as Dempsey
Priscilla Pointer
as Tracey's Mother
Stu Levin
as Jury Foreman
Andrew Magarian
as Bystander
Madison Mason
as Officer Jones
Raymond O'Keefe
as Sgt. Smith
Al Pugliese
as Sgt. Kangas
Don Stark
as Officer Driscoll
David Wells
as Minister
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Very graphic, grisly story of a woman who was subjected to domestic abuse by her husband, abuse that could (and should) have been prevented. Hard-hitting and memorable.

Erin Collins
Erin Collins

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I just saw this True Story again recently.The Police didn't help her, she endured this abuse over & over.It took her being Stabbed 13 times, & her head stomped in in front of a Cop & her Child , & him telling them that he killed her(but he left her in a Wheel Chair) for them finally to pass laws to protect women from Abuse, Rape, & Stalking.This Woman made he Ultimate Sacrifices & had to Sue the Police Dept. & City to get Laws in Place.Bless Her Poor Battered Soul & Body !

Marilee Aschwanden
Marilee Aschwanden

This is The Most Tragic True Story I HAve Ever Seen !!! This man Abuses The Hell outa This Woman She Files Many Police Reports . And Nothing Is Rilly Ever Done To Help Her... Till He ALLMOST KILLS HER !! Jumps On Her Head ANd Stabs Her In Front Of Two Armed Police Officer's And Her Own Child ,And Best Friend.. This Is Such A Clear Look Into Spousal Abuse !!One You Will Not Soon Forget. They Made The Thurman Law After This Woman Held On To Life And Fought For The Justice She Was Denied So Many Times ...

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