Picks and Pans Review: Dancing in the Dark
Lifetime (Wed., July 5, 9 p.m. ET)
Victoria Principal plays a dance instructor who is deeply disturbed when her creepy father-in-law (Robert Vaughn) begins making increasingly aggressive sexual advances. The situation is exacerbated by her lawyer-husband (Nicholas Campbell) who doesn't believe her and instead suggests she get counseling for hysteria and depression. Before you know it she has been forced into a mental institution that makes One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest seem like summer camp.
This is an extremely overheated example of the woman-in-jeopardy film. Though based on actual events, much of the plot seems incredible, particularly the meek way Principal submits to her harsh fate. Kenneth Welsh plays the bad doctor who turns Principal into a hollow-eyed medication zombie, shuffling around on a locked ward. Geraint Wyn Davies plays the good doctor who gently heals her.
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