Picks and Pans Review: Shattered Dreams
updated 05/14/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 05/14/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT
In a stark, fact-based film, Lindsay Wagner stars as Charlotte Fedders, a woman who, after years of physical abuse, finally divorces her husband, John (Michael Nouri), a big wheel in the Securities and Exchange Commission.
The couple have a whirlwind romance—on their first date, he's talking about what kind of education their six kids should have. Despite the perfect facade this over-achiever puts up, though, there are hints that all is not right with Prince Charming. His moodiness covers deep rage that erupts only in the domestic arena, explosions that soon escalate to violence. Each attack is followed by joviality or remorse and promises that it won't happen again.
Wagner is good as the battered woman, but it is Nouri's ferocious intensity that makes this drama so disturbing.