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When She Was Bad...

1979 1h 37m Drama List
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Unhappy with her striving husband (Robert Urich), a young housewife (Cheryl Ladd) abuses her preschool daughter. Read More Read Less
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Jeff M I think I've come to an epiphany as to why TV movies - especially in the 70s and 80s - are rarely very good and hardly ever come close to the quality of theatrical motion pictures. The characters are not real people, they are ciphers; and they take backseat to whatever controversial topic the film is sensationalizing, whether it be bulimia or incest or ingrown toenails or, in this case, child abuse. Movies like this are basically after school specials for adults. Thankfully, in the last 25 years or so the quality of television films has increased enormously. This could have been something special - and there's actually a very nice scene toward the end of the movie between Ladd and Urich that feel raw and real - something the rest of the movie lacks. I think it was also a bad miscalculation to make the young child here an absolute brat who blows up at the smallest provocation - it almost feels like a way for the filmmakers to somewhat excuse Ladd's behavior, which is the last thing they should be doing. And with all due respect, why did they have to name the lead character Teeny???? Puh-leeze! Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/06/24 Full Review Audience Member ticks me off. it is his fault. movies it is far to often men's fault even when abuser is a woman. I hate it. my mother abused me and my sister while dad didn't know till yrs after he certainly didn't contribute to it in anyway he was loving,kind dad even if he naive man,husband and dad. I hate how movies always blame the man Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Unhappy with her striving husband (Robert Urich), a young housewife (Cheryl Ladd) abuses her preschool daughter.
Peter H. Hunt
David Ladd, Michael Jaffe
Production Co
David Ladd Films, Henry Jaffe Enterprises
Original Language
Release Date (Streaming)
Oct 25, 2019
1h 37m
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