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When She Says No (1984)

After divorced college professor Rose Michaels invites three of her male colleagues to her room during a teacher's convention, she later accuses them of rape, but the men say otherwise.

Director:

Paul Aaron

Writer:

Deena Goldstone
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Cast

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Kathleen Quinlan ... Rose Michaels
Jeffrey DeMunn ... Brian Garvey
George Dzundza ... Paul Fellows
David Huffman ... Carl Jerome
Kenneth McMillan ... Mr. Michaels
Rip Torn ... Stuart Blankfort
Jane Alexander ... Nora Strangis
Isabell O'Connor Isabell O'Connor ... Susan Munson (as Isabell Monk)
Jack Rader ... Al Strangis
Kathy Christopher Kathy Christopher ... Ruth Garvey
John Callahan ... Peter Wheaton
Richard Jamison Richard Jamison ... Det. Lobell
Michael K. Osborn Michael K. Osborn ... Thomas Walters
Fred Greenblatt Fred Greenblatt ... Richard Deeks
Ralph Jorba Ralph Jorba ... Reuben Ellis
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After divorced college professor Rose Michaels invites three of her male colleagues to her room during a teacher's convention, she later accuses them of rape, but the men say otherwise.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 January 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Consentement obligatoire See more »

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I & C Productions See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Not so much a film about rape as it is a portrait of a woman who learns the hard way to stand up for herself
29 July 2005 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Although this women's empowerment TV-movie was written by a woman, Deena Goldstone, it examines how a flirtatious night between one woman and three men goes awry quite powerfully due to a teleplay that examines both sides equally (although it is clear the filmmakers want the viewer on the lady's side). A college professor says three of her colleagues raped her in a hotel room while away at a seminar, but the men in her life try talking her out of pressing charges. Kathleen Quinlan is excellent as the naive, sexually-repressed teacher, and director Paul Aaron doesn't tiptoe around the sordid issues involved. However, those hoping for a courtroom drama with a satisfying wrap-up may be disappointed; by ending the third act with a question mark, Goldstone asks viewers to fill in the blanks themselves. She's not interested in writing a revenge movie--this character isn't about retribution. Instead, it's a portrait of a woman who believes it's her job to wait on men, and how being overly-obedient can be misunderstood. It's also about how men and women look at sex quite differently, especially when there's more than one man involved. The men felt the woman was seducing them--she was a little drunk and was feeling flirtatious; they felt she initiated the situation--she says she was enjoying the flattery. But does she protest enough when the time is right? The movie is brave enough to ask the question and then NOT give us a concrete answer. Some may feel this is a cop-out. I felt it was thought-provoking and given a solid presentation.


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