Picks and Pans Review: Victims for Victims: the Theresa Saldana Story
updated 11/12/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 11/12/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST
Actress Theresa Saldana plays herself in the frightening and true story of a near-fatal knife attack on her in 1982. On a street in L.A., in daylight, with about 20 people looking on, her insane attacker—who'd become obsessed with killing Saldana after he saw her co-starring in Raging Bull—stabs her 10 times before a deliveryman comes to her rescue. After receiving 26 pints of blood and undergoing open-heart surgery, she lives, but lives in pain and fear, unable to stand the sight of strangers, unable to open up to her husband, played by Adrian Zmed, who feels helpless to heal her and guilty for not being the one who rescued her. Saldana, bitter that she has to pay in pain and medical bills for another man's crime against her, meets fellow victims and they establish Victims for Victims, an organization to help their own. Saldana does not, to her credit, portray herself as a plucky, chin-up patient. She whines a lot—with good cause—to remind us that the victims of crime, though guilty of nothing, are still sentenced to suffering.