When He's Not a Stranger

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When He's Not a Strange
When He's Not a Stranger cover.jpg
Written byJosephine Cummings (story)
Richard Yalem (story)
Beth Sullivan (story)
John Gray (teleplay)
Beth Sullivan (teleplay)
Directed byJohn Gray
StarringAnnabeth Gish
John Terlesky
Kevin Dillon
Music byMark Snow
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Don Ohlmeyer
Producer(s)Karen Danaher-Dorr
Ian Sander
Production location(s)California
CinematographyMike Fash
Editor(s)Edward R. Abroms
Running time100 minutes
Production company(s)Ohlmeyer Communications Company
World International Network
Original networkCBS
Picture formatColor
Audio formatMono
Original releaseNovember 6, 1989 (1989-11-06)

When He's Not a Stranger is a 1989 American Made for TV crime drama film directed by John Gray and starring Annabeth Gish and John Terlesky. The screenplay concerns a college freshman who is sexually assaulted by a football jock. It sums up the ordeal that rape victims experience and the sexual assault on college campuses. A stark dramatization of the "acquaintance rape" dilemma, it was originally to be broadcast on October 17, 1989, but pushed to November 6th of that year because of coverage surrounding the earthquakes in Northern California.


At Woodword University, a football-oriented California school, Lyn McKenna is raped and brutalized by her best friend's boyfriend, football player Ron Cooper. Lyn is hesitant to reveal this information as she fears that doing so will create a number of social issues and will simply worsen the aftermath of her experience. However, continued threats from Ron and his fellow football teammates lead Lyn into desperate action, and she requests that the school hold a disciplinary hearing against Ron, and ultimately demands that a district attorney prosecute.


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