Picks and Pans Review: Taking Back My Life

updated 03/16/1992 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/16/1992 01:00AM

CBS (Sun., March 15, 9 P.M. ET)

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Patricia (thirtysomething) Wettig stars in this arresting dramatization of the true story of Nancy Ziegenmeyer, the Iowa woman whose 1990 decision to go public with her experience as a rape victim is credited with inspiring thousands of women to seek counseling or legal redress.

The movie presents an unusually realistic and disturbing depiction of rape and its impact. Because Wettig's character isn't cloaked in a veil of virtue but is presented as being somewhat promiscuous, her ordeal is more complex and provocative.

Wettig gives a spirited performance, and Stephen Lang is also effective as her repressed husband. They're aided by an excellent supporting cast that includes Eileen Brennan and Ellen Burstyn.

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