The Unspoken Truth

The Unspoken Truth

Peter Werner (1995)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Made a year before her sitcom success in Caroline in the City, this TV movie stars Lea Thompson as a wife who is so loyal to her abusive husband (James Marshall of Twin Peaks fame) that she agrees to share the blame for a murder he has committed. If that isn't sensational enough, the drama then switches to her bid to retain custody of her daughter and her sister's determination to leak a dark family secret to secure her release. This outlandish melodrama is so full of unlikely events and resistible characters that it could only have been based on a true story.


A woman marries a dangerously volatile man, who one night shoots a man in a fit of rage. He forces her to claim she shot the man by accident, a lie which leaves her facing a life sentence and the possibility of losing her daughter. Fact-based drama, starring Lea Thompson, James Marshall, Patricia Kalember and Robert Englund.

Cast & Crew

Brianne Hawkins Lea Thompson
Margaret Trainor Patricia Kalember
Clay Hawkins James Marshall
Thomas Cleary Dick O'Neill
Lily Hawkins Karis Paige Bryant
Nora Gail Cronauer
Eileen Freda Williams
Mrs Hawkins Mona Lee Fultz
Greg Thorpe Tony Frank
Janice Bogart Marina G Palmier
Director Peter Werner
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Contains violence and swearing. Available on: video and DVD