Black and Blue (film)

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Black and Blue
Directed by Paul Shapiro
Written by Anna Quindlen
April Smith (teleplay)
Starring Mary Stuart Masterson
Anthony LaPaglia
Will Rothaar
Release dates
  • November 17, 1999 (1999-11-17)
Country United States
Language English

Black and Blue is a 1999 American made-for-TV movie. Based on the novel by Anna Quindlen.


The story centers around Frances Benedetto (Mary Stuart Masterson), a victim of domestic violence. The movie follows Frances's relationship to her increasingly abusive NYCPD officer husband (played by Anthony LaPaglia), who has the police force on his side, and her eventual escape to Florida with her son (played by Will Rothaar). Eventually her husband finds them and attacks her. Her son's sports coach comes to the house when she does not pick her son up from practice on time and finds her beaten and bruised in the hallway. Meanwhile, her husband kidnaps their son. Five years later, she has married the coach and has a daughter, although she has never found her son. Her son meets up with his aunt by chance on the street, and Frances (her name now changed to Beth) receives a phone call from him.

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