A Case of Rape
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A Case of Rape is a 1974 television movie. It premiered on NBC on February
20, 1974. The film tells the story of a wife and mother who is raped twice by the A Case of Rape
same man and her ordeals dealing with the actual rape and her subsequent
dealing with the police and the trial.
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Elizabeth Montgomery in court
Plot Directed by Boris Sagal
Ellen appears to have a happy marriage to David, although his frequent work- Written by Louis Rudolph
related absences are beginning to take a toll on her. While taking night school Robert E. Thompson
classes with her neighbor and best friend, Marge Bracken, she is introduced to Starring Elizabeth Montgomery
Larry Retzliff. Ronny Cox
Ellen and Marge accept a ride home from Retzliff the same night while David is Release date(s) 1974
away. Once Ellen is in her apartment, Retzliff arrives claiming car trouble and Country United States
asks to use the phone. When Ellen lets him in, he overpowers and rapes her.
Unable to reach David by phone, and emotionally unable to report the crime,
Ellen decides to put the attack behind her, and tries through three showers to
literally wash away the rape.
When David returns, she is still unable to get his attention long enough to tell him about the attack. Having had an
anonymous blood test, Ellen makes a serious effort to forget the attack and resume her life. This attempt comes to a crashing
halt four days after the initial attack in a parking garage when Retzliff, who has been waiting for Ellen behind the front seat of
her car, rapes her again, this time beating her viciously.
After reporting the attack, the treatment that Ellen receives from the police, doctors, and detectives is anything but
sympathetic. While her attorney, Leonard Alexander, appears to have her best interests at heart, he clearly has his
reservations: he is once heard commenting "Never try a rape case unless your victim is a 90-year-old nun with at least four
Defending Retzliff is ruthless attorney Muriel Dyer, who bullies witnesses and Ellen herself on the stand, ultimately winning
Retzliff an acquittal. Some time after the trial, he attempts to rape someone else. While trying to escape from the police, he is
shot and wounded, and ends up pleading guilty to the rape and sentenced to prison.
Ellen and David's marriage is strained by the events of the film, and they ultimately get a divorce.
Elizabeth Montgomery as Ellen Harrod
Ronny Cox as David Harrod
Cliff Potts as Larry Retzliff
William Daniels as Leonard Alexander
Rosemary Murphy as Muriel Dyer
Ken Swofford as Detective Riley
Jonathan Lippe as Detective Parker
Patricia Smith as Marge Bracken
The film was broadcast on February 20, 1974, over the NBC Television Network, which had some reservation about showing
the second rape scene. As reported by the A&E series Biography, Montgomery believed so strongly in the story that she
threatened to leave the project if the scene was cut. Montgomery prevailed, and the film was shown in its entirety along with
warnings of the mature subject matter.
Montgomery, who had become a household name during her eight-year tenure on Bewitched, received an Emmy nomination
for her performance.
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The Crimebusters (1961) · Dime with a Halo (1963) · Twilight of Honor (1963) · Guns of Diablo (1964) · Girl Happy (1965) ·
Made in Paris (1966) · The Helicopter Spies (1968) · Mosquito Squadron (1969) · The Thousand Plane Raid (1969) ·
Hauser's Memory (1970) · The Omega Man (1971) · A Case of Rape (1974) · The Dream Makers (1975) ·
Sherlock Holmes in New York (1976) · Angela (1978) ·
1980s The Diary of Anne Frank (1980) · When the Circus Came to Town (1981) ·
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