Without Consent

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Without Consent
Trapped and Deceived.jpg
VHS cover
Directed by Robert Iscove
Produced by Robert Iscove
Michael O. Gallant
Written by Tim Kring
Starring Jennie Garth
Jill Eikenberry
Tom Irwin
Music by Craig Safan
Cinematography John Beymer
Edited by Martin Nicholson
Distributed by ABC
Release date
October 16, 1994
Running time
88 minutes
Country USA
Language English

Without Consent (a.k.a. Trapped and Deceived) is a 1994 television film directed by Robert Iscove. The film, which was based on a true story, was received generally negatively, although the lead actors were praised for their roles.[1]

Tim Kring, who scripted the film, went on to create the hit TV series Heroes.


Laura Mills is a rebellious teenager who spends her days getting drunk, listening to rock music and making out with several boyfriends. Her behavior gets worse when her brother David is kicked out of the house for theft and alcohol abuse. When it turns out she was involved in a drunk driving accident, her parents decide they have had enough. They are not able to control their daughter and send her to a private psychiatric center. It soon turns out that patients in this center are drugged and abused by the staff.

Laura feels that she does not belong in the facility, claiming that she has no mental problems. Attempts to escape from the center prove unsuccessful and she is shot with a tranquilizer, and, one night, was placed in a straitjacket. One day, she succeeds in escaping and immediately turns to her parents. They, however, do not believe a word she is saying about the facility and send her back. The staff, angered by her escape, make clear that they will not treat her properly any longer. It becomes clear to Laura that she has no hope of ever leading a normal life again and accepts her fate.

When Laura's health gets worse, her parents start to believe that she was telling the truth. They decide that she should return home again, but the doctors are not willing to let her go. Determined to end the practice of the doctors, with the help from lawyer Nora Fields, Laura's parents take the issue to court, where the facility is put on trial.



  1. ^ Review summary The New York Times

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