Ultimate Betrayal

Ultimate Betrayal

Donald Wrye (1994)

93min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The subject of child sexual abuse has been dealt with extensively in recent years in the emotional family dramas which tend to form the basis of most TV movie plots. This one is marginally better than most. Based on a true story, Donald Wrye's film is a well acted, thoughtful and harrowing tale about the abuse lurking beneath the surface of a seemingly stable American family, when the youngest daughter (Ally Sheedy) sues her father (Henry Czerny) who, she alleges, molested his children when they were young. However, not all the siblings are keen to see their past raked over in public. The movie does not shrink from portraying the damage done, there are moving performances from Marlo Thomas, Mel Harris and Sheedy in the leading roles and Wrye's direction is level-headed, even though it does occasionally tip into overwrought melodrama. Even so, it doesn't quite have the courage of its deeply held convictions and go for the ultimate courtroom kill. An interesting try.

Summary

Two sisters who were abused by their father as children along with their four other siblings decide to take advantage of new legislation to see their cruel parent convicted for his crimes. Drama, starring Mel Harris, Ally Sheedy and Henry Czerny.

Cast & Crew

Sharon Rodgers Marlo Thomas
Susan Rodgers Mel Harris
Mary Rodgers Ally Sheedy
Beth Rodgers Kathryn Dowling
Sarah McNeil Eileen Heckart
Ed Rodgers Henry Czerny
Director Donald Wrye
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: video and DVD
Drama