DON'T TOUCH MY DAUGHTER (TV movie)

4/7/1991. NBC. Sunday, 9 pm. 2 hours.
Drama
Video Release 3/20/2000 as "Nightmare"
Code: DTMD 4/1991

PLOT

A woman is forced to defend her daughter against a child molester when the law fails and he's released -- threatening to do it again.

CREDITS

Writer: John Robert Bensink.
Director: John Pasquin.

CAST

Victoria Principal as Linda Hemmings
Jonathan Banks as Edward Charles 'Eddie' Ryter. Listed 2nd of 28th.
Paul Sorvino as Lt. Jake Willman
Danielle Harris as Dana Hemmings

BAD GUY

Eddie is a child molester; he grabs and restrains Dana inside the car. He also shoves his wife when taking a camera, and threatens Linda.

CHARACTER

Eddie is sleazy, a convincing liar. Working class, he watches bass fishing programs. He is married but separated from his wife.

COMMENTS

JB named this child molester the most difficult role he has done. (MG94)

COSTUME

While working in the plant, he has a white coat and brown apron over layers to keep warm, and a red bandana tied on his head. He’s growing a beard.

CRITICS

"Taut and disturbing... Jonathan Banks as the sinister creep." Toronto Star, 4/5/1991.

"A twist... a notch above the others... fine performances by Victoria Principal, Paul Sorvino and Jonathan Banks ... Banks makes his role tremendously effective by playing the molester with just the right mix of sleaze, slime and arrogance to make you hate him... frightening... well-told, well-acted story." BPI Entertainment, 4/4/1991.

"An intriguing idea, but the performances are so predictable and unremittingly second-rate... tiresome rather than a thriller." Seattle Times, 4/7/1991.

"Trite... unappetizing... Jonathan Banks phoning in snarls and glowers." Gannett News, 4/5/1991.

"Diverting, trickily plotted... a fiend... Jonathan Banks taking a bad-guy break from his Wiseguy nice guy." Los Angeles Times, 4/6/1991, sec.F, p.7.

DEATH SCENE

Shot in head at close range by Linda.

LINES

"You know who it is and when I get out I'm going to hurt you. Hurt you in the worst way. Even if I go to prison it won't be for as long as you think and then I'm coming back for her. You can't watch her every minute."

"Couldn't do it, huh? Go on, go for it, mommy. Bang, bang, all your troubles are over."

SCREEN TIME

Under 6 minutes, in 14 scenes, first 2/3 of film.

WORKED WITH

Victoria Principal (NTMB 10/1977)