No One Would Tell

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No One Would Tell
A boy in a varsity jacket holds a frightened-looking girl and seems to be threatening her in front of a lake
DVD cover
Distributed by NBC
Directed by Noel Nosseck
Produced by Artie Mandelberg
Randy Sutter
Written by Steven Loring
Starring Candace Cameron Bure
Fred Savage
Michelle Phillips
Music by Michael Tavera
Cinematography Paul Maibaum
Editing by Michael Brown
Country United States
Language English
Release date May 6, 1996
Running time 96 minutes

No One Would Tell is a 1996 American teen crime drama television film directed by Noel Nosseck from an original script by Steven Loring. The film is based on the true story of Jamie Fuller, a 16-year-old high school student who murdered his 14-year-old girlfriend Amy Carnevale on August 23, 1991, in Beverly, Massachusetts.[1]

The film received mixed reviews from critics, but Candace Cameron Bure and Heather McComb were praised for their acting performances.[2]

Plot[edit]

Stacy Collins (Candace Cameron Bure) is a shy 16-year-old high school student who has secretly been in love with Bobby Tennison (Fred Savage) for two years. She is surprised when he starts to show a romantic interest in her, considering he is a senior wrestler and the most popular guy in school. They soon start dating and find out that both their fathers had abandoned them. Stacy is upset that her mother is dating men who treat her very badly, and she is often urging her to leave them and treat herself better. After a few weeks of dating, Bobby starts showing possessive behavior. He is jealous whenever another guy approaches Stacy or talks about her inappropriately, and doesn't want her to hang out with her friends when they are together. At first, she doesn't suspect that there is anything wrong, because he immediately apologizes after getting mad at her and tells her that he loves her and gives her gifts to show his remorse.

After having sex together, Stacy promises to him that they will be together forever. She also agrees not to hang out with other people anymore if he is not present. At school, boys start to notice her after her best friend Nicki (Heather McComb) convinces her to wear a mid-thigh high skirt for Bobby. In the boys' locker room, one of his friends makes a comment about her looking hot, which outrages Bobby. After this, he furiously calls Stacy a slut and demands that she wear proper clothes and forces her to change the skirt in the school bathroom and into some track pants. She tries to explain that she was only dressing up for him, but he becomes more furious before throwing and slamming her into the wall. Back at home, her mother, Laura (Michelle Phillips), worries that she is spending too much of her time with him, but Stacy assures her that Bobby loves her and she requites these feelings. Meanwhile, Nicki and her friend Val (Justina Machado), also grow concerned about her relationship with him. Nicki soon learns from Bobby's cousin Donna (Paige Moss) that Bobby has a history of hitting his old girlfriends and being abusive in his former relationships. Her worry only gets stronger when she notices that Stacy has several unexplained bruises on her body. She talks to her about what she heard, but Stacy, frustrated, assures her that she can take care of herself.

By accident, Stacy meets Bobby's mother; he catches them talking to each other and becomes furious and violent. Upset, she refuses to see him again and later takes it out on her mother, calling her irresponsible. He later wins her trust back by telling her about the alcoholism that runs in his family. They are happy for a while, but trouble begins again when he sees her talking to another guy at the school dance. He pulls her outside into the parking lot and slaps her, all of which is being watched by Nicki nearby. She quickly confronts Stacy about how badly Bobby is treating her, but Stacy defends him, saying he's been through a lot. When Nicki flat out says that Bobby doesn't love her, Stacy angrily says, "Then you don't know what love is!" before taking off with Bobby in his car. After Nicki helps her see the truth, Stacy accepts that he isn't treating her right and ends their relationship. When Bobby doesn't take the break-up well, Stacy offers for them to just be friends, but they are soon estranged when he hears that she was talking to another boy at a birthday party and slaps her again despite the two no longer dating.

Later that night, Bobby, accompanied by his friend Vince Fortner (Eric Balfour), convinces her to get into his car for a ride. He drives to the lake and walks off with her to be alone. The next day, Stacy has gone missing. Most people guess that she hitchhiked and was murdered, but Laura suspects that Bobby has something to do with it after she finds Stacy's purse in his room. Nicki is also convinced that he is responsible for Stacy's disappearance and asks Carla (Martha Romo), a witness on the night that she disappeared, for information. Her reluctance to tell what happened frustrates Nicki. Accompanied by Laura, she goes to the police, informing Laura and Detective Anderson how abusive Stacy's relationship with Bobby was. Carla eventually talks to them as well, admitting that Bobby and Vince took Stacy to the lake.

Bobby and Vince are arrested and Bobby blames Stacy's disappearance on Vince, who, when confronted by this lie, admits that Bobby was the one last seen with her and later reveals that when Bobby came back alone, he said that "if he can't have her, no one's gonna". Detective Anderson is then convinced Bobby killed her when Stacy ended the relationship and refused to get back together. When he confronts Bobby, he shortly admits that he slit her throat when she refused to get back together with him and then disposed of her body in the lake. Stacy's corpse is soon found in the lake's water and Laura and Nicki are left in tears. A court trial soon follows with the district attorney asking everyone if they ever saw Bobby hit Stacy. Carla says she did, but that it was because Stacy wouldn't listen to him. Donna and Bobby's other friends also admit that they witnessed the abuse, but figured Stacy would leave him eventually. While, Val, Nicki, and her boyfriend expose the abusive ways that Bobby treated Stacy, with Nicki saying how she desperately wanted to oust Bobby, but was afraid of losing Stacy's friendship if she were to say what Bobby was doing to her. Bobby is eventually found guilty and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The judge (Sally Jessy Raphael) tells the witnesses to tell someone next time they see a friend being abused instead of standing by and doing nothing, implying how it could have saved Stacy from ultimately getting killed.

Later, a distraught Nicki clears out Stacy's locker and cries as she looks at the pictures of them, remembering their friendship and guiltily wishing that she had acted sooner to have saved Stacy. The movie ends with Nicki and her boyfriend leaving a bouquet of roses on the sand at the lake in honor of Stacy's memory.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Trivia for 'No One Would Tell' The Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ Review by Variety

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