Starring Peter Strauss and Judith Light. It was directed by Harry Winer. The film first aired on CBS network on March 14, 1993.
The film was based on the true story of a loving husband who is terrorized by the violent behavior of his wife.
The original broadcast of Men Don’t Tell was seen in 18.3 million homes, ranking third among the week’s prime time broadcast, behind ABC’s Home Improvement and CBS’s 60 Minutes. After the original airing, the film was never rebroadcast on over-the-air television, reportedly because it incurred the wrath of several women’s groups. However, the film was later shown a number of times on cable’s Lifetime network.In 1994, Peter Strauss was nominated for a Golden Globe award for “Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV”.
CBS was very high on the movie. They saw it as very high concept because it was one movie that hadn’t been done before. They turned out to be right, as it did very well. It did very well overseas as well. It was one of the highest-rated movies of the year. Out of some 300 two-hour movies, I think it was rated number four, so it did extremely well. A lot of the reaction was that people turned it on with the idea of just to watch a few minutes but ended up being compelled to watch the whole movie and feeling very differently by the time it was finished.”
A married man suffers horrific physical and verbal abuse at the hands of his wife as their marriage falls apart – only to find himself too afraid and embarrassed to report her to the authorities. Drama, starring Peter Strauss, Judith Light, Ashley Johnson and Michael Rand.
This movie shows another side to spousal abuse that not too many people thought is possible–the husband being abused and the wife the abuser.Unique among the many made-for-TV dramas about spousal abuse–most of which are about women victimized by men–Men Don’t Tell dramatizes the true story of a loving husband who is terrorized by the violent behavior of his wife.