Rape And Marriage: The Rideout Case

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The landmark 1978 courtroom prosecution which determined that a married man can by law be brought up on charges of raping his wife, was meticulously--and tastefully--detailed in this made-for-TV movie. Linda Hamilton stars as Oregon housewife Greta Rideout, who after years of abuse at the hands her husband John (Mickey Rourke) (it is the sort of marriage described by one observer as "usually [winding] up as suicide or homicide") finally takes him to court, accusing him of forcing her to have sex against her will. Among those involved in the case are feminist activists Helen (Conchata Ferrell) and Jean (Gail Strickland) and opposing attorneys Gary Gortmaker (Eugene Roche) and Charles Burt (Rip Torn). Rape and Marriage: The Rideout Case originally aired October 30, 1980 on CBS.

Cast

Linda Hamilton
as Greta Rideout
Mickey Rourke
as John Rideout
Rip Torn
as Charles Burt
Eugene Roche
as Gary Gortmaker
Gail Strickland
as Jean Christensen
Bonnie Bartlett
as Norma Joyce
Gerald McRaney
as Cliff Sulkes
Rita Taggart
as Amy Morrison
Paddi Edwards
as Pauline Speerstra
Matthew Faison
as Reporter Williams
Paul Koslo
as Ralph Larson
Richard Venture
as Judge Richard Barber
Mo Malone
as Sally
Camila Ashland
as Jackie Godfrey
Rod Colbin
as Tom Robinson
Luci-Lynn Norris
as Jenny Rideout
Marji Martin
as Susan Perry
Stanley DeSantis
as Reporter Greene
Marged Wakeley
as Linda Steele
Peter Fox
as 1st Officer
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