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Black and Blue (1999)

TV-14 | | Drama | TV Movie 17 November 1999
After a woman's husband beats and abuses her, she and her son join the witness protection program and move away secretly.

Director:

Paul Shapiro

Writers:

Anna Quindlen (novel), April Smith (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mary Stuart Masterson ... Frances Benedetto
Anthony LaPaglia ... Bobby Benedetto
Will Rothhaar ... Robert Benedetto
Sam Robards ... Mike Riordan
Beau Starr ... Tommy Walsh
Sabrina Grdevich ... Grace Ann Flynn
Elizabeth Saunders ... Cindy Roerbacker (as Elizabeth Brown)
Allegra Fulton ... Patty Bancroft
Victoria Snow ... Sheila Walsh
Conrad Dunn Conrad Dunn ... Enrique
Jake Goldsbie ... Bennie Castro
Janet Bailey ... Dr. Winnie Clark
Joanna Merlin ... Ann Benedetto
Bryon Bully Bryon Bully ... Jonathan
Claudio Masciulli Claudio Masciulli ... Uncle Vito
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After a woman's husband beats and abuses her, she and her son join the witness protection program and move away secretly.

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She Knows It Is Only A Matter Of Time Before He Finds Them... See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Noir comme l'amour See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Mike Riordan: Can I just be with you right now?
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Promising subject, erratic in quality
26 June 2002 | by JuguAbrahamSee all my reviews

The film opens with the lead actress taking a shower. A lyrical sequence of closeups of hands and face, supported by endearing music of Jonathan Goldsmith. You expect great cinema to follow.

Instead the film has to depend on the strength of the subject alone: domestic violence. Masterson has a good presence but she is not a great actress. Nor is Shapiro a great director as he cannot connect the grand opening sequence with the rest of the film. His film meanders to the level of commercial cinema that depends on the good winning over evil. The end involving the son and aunt is not developed intelligently.

Apart from Goldsmith's music, I will applaud the performance of Robert played by Will Rothaar--a very convincing performance. The rest is "Sleeping with the Enemy" retold for TV.


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