The Unspoken Truth

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Release date: Sep 24, 1995

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Made for television, The Unspoken Truth is the factual story of Brianne Hawkins (Lea Thompson), who after enduring a lifetime of abuse at the hands of her family marries the even more abusive Clay Hawkins (James Marshall). Given to beating his wife at the slightest provocation, Clay finally goes completely over the edge when he shoots and kills a man who had the temerity to speak to Brianne without Clay's permission. Thinking quickly for a change, Clay persuades Brianne to take the rap for the killing, whereupon she complicity (if not willingly) concocts an elaborate story as to how she shot the man accidentally. Not only do the authorities refuse to swallow this fabrication, but they end up sending both Clay and Brianne to prison for life! Only when the future of her daughter, Lily (Karis Paige Bryant), is jeopardized does the long-suffering Brianne finally work up the courage to fight for her freedom and her long-denied fundamental rights as a human being. A shocking mid-film revelation elevates this story from the usual battered-wife TV-movie syndrome. Filmed on location in Austin, TX, The Unspoken Truth originally aired September 24, 1995, on NBC.

Cast

Lea Thompson
as Brianne
Patricia Kalember
as Margaret Trainor
James Marshall
as Clay Hawkins
Robert Englund
as Ernest Trainor
Dick O'Neill
as Thomas Cleary
Karis Paige Bryant
as Lily Hawkins
Lily Hawkins
as Karis Paige Bryant
Mona Lee Fultz
as Clay's Mother
Tony Frank
as Greg Thorpe
Marina D. Palmier
as Janice Bogart
Marina Palmier
as Janice Bogart
Gary Carter
as Richter
Jed Reghanti
as Dale Modell
Derek Cecil
as Jeff Blogert
Barry Thompson
as Barkley Wharburton
Sharon Shawnessy
as Warden Sheraton
Barbara Britt
as Dr. Sonia Ackers
Norman Bennett
as Judge Cochran
Myrna Cabello
as Maria Paseda
Jeanne Evans
as Judge Thaler
Jill Parker-Jones
as Jury Foreman
Guich Koock
as Bailiff
Mark Walters
as Off. Brock
Cynthia Dorn
as Black Woman
Mary Jo Lang
as Tiffany
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