Cries Unheard: The Donna Yaklich Story

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1 h 33 min19947+
Donna Yaklich meets Dennis the policeman and thinks she might have found a good relationship. But Dennis is obsessed with weight-lifting and uses steroids, which make him aggressive and abusive. Getting out of the relationship isn't easy as Dennis isn't willing to let her go, and Donna's options are narrowed down to one remaining alternative.
Armand Mastroianni
Hillary SwankLisa Robin KellyJaclyn Smith
English [CC]
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Carolyn McCormickAndrew Lawrence
Carla SingerFelice Gordon
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77 global ratings

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Mama DearestReviewed in the United States on January 22, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
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I watched this a long time ago when it was a rerun on t.v but decided to revisit it. It still irritated me now just as much as it did then. The thing is this creep showed his true colors even before she married him so she was warned. Yet against her own sisters advice marries him anyway and sure enough on their wedding day he becomes abusive. I did not feel remorse for her because she was warned. Never make or allow excuses when a man or woman is abusing you. A normal persons first reaction is not to abuse. Another thing that really irked me is how police are exactly the same everywhere it seems in every country, that same old stupid mentality, "cops stick together, old boys club" crap. The state I live in there are videos of cops beating their wives/girlfriends in restaurants and malls and no one does anything about it. How can these women hope to get help when everyone bows down to the men in blue because they are notorious for harassment and power of abuse. Donna did what she had to do and she did the world a favor, abusers never change. He most likely killed the first wife, most likely would've killed her and then on to the next wife like that deranged dirty cop Peterson. Another thing that angered me Denny Jr., it seems to me he would've rather the mother endure daily beatings and possible death so he could have his father even though he saw what the father did to his mother who loved him far more than the monster could. I hope today he clearly understands she made a hard decision that benefitted him too because men like this eventually go after the child too. No one is ever safe around monsters. My mother was severely abused by my father. I recall as if she sat here in front me right now the huge bruises all over her body, a woman of only 90 lbs and 5'. He a big man where no woman could defend and protect themselves except through a gun in his sleep. She didn't go Donna's route, instead packed up and left only difference was good ole dad was not a cop so he didn't chase her over the ocean to were she fled. Cops didn't help my mother either, instead they wanted to have their way with her. Here we are still with the same old thinking by cops, "women deserve it". Times have not changed at all. This is proven when Donna tells her son that when a man kills his wife he gets -2-6 years which still stands , when a woman kills her husband she gets 40 to life which also still stands here in the 21st century. WHY? Highly emotionally charged movie.
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frankie marshReviewed in the United States on August 11, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Many women r living this horror
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Good movie....the husband was a monster & needed 2b gone....he definitely would have killed her at some point. How awful she got so much time for doing the only thing that could save her from this demon.....but thankfully she is free now & living I hope a peaceful life.
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JanneReviewed in the United States on June 14, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Just another true crime melodrama but...
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...Jacqueline Smith elevates this movie with her considerable talent. Her career got stuck in mediocrity when she was really A-list material. She deserved better scripts and better direction. This particular movie -- meh.
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handicapped shopperReviewed in the United States on June 14, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Terrible acting
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This is a sad true story of a battered woman. The story may keep you watching, but the acting won't. Jaclyn Smith is NOT a good actress, sorry to say, and that makes the movie nearly unwatchable.
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on July 1, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Worth a look.
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Jaclyn Smith is gorgeous as usual. But any man who would beat up on a woman deserves to be shot. End of story!
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marcyvtReviewed in the United States on July 7, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Ashamed of watching!
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Lifetime, for sure! A guy on steroids beats his wife. Wow! Who would ever think of that?!?
RonReviewed in the United States on June 6, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Not dvd grrr
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I thought it was a DVD
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EscobarReviewed in the United States on February 16, 2021
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