|Andrea Marcovicci takes the stand.|
Long before the "Two Coreys" came along, Corey Allen (born Alan Cohen) made a name for himself in the prototype teen film Rebel Without a Cause (as James Dean nemesis Buzz Gundersen). Nick Ray used him again in Party Girl and he acted throughout the '60s, mostly in television guest spots, but as the new decade dawned, Allen transitioned into a full-time, prolific directing career in episodic tv. Between assignments for shows like Ironside, Cannon, and Hawaii Five-O, Allen directed the taut, standalone television drama Cry Rape.
Allen's cop show pedigree served him well for Cry Rape's very effective police procedural aspects. 40 years on, the film is a sometimes shocking reminder of the stigma attached to rape victims then and the casually insensitive behavior of the men investigating, prosecuting, and reporting these cases. Newcomer Andrea Marcovicci is convincing as the victim who bravely comes forward to help prosecute her attacker (Peter Coffield). She's particularly strong in her scenes with the callous officers who take her 911 call and the detectives investigating the case. Coffield is superb in two roles: the working class delivery boy accused of a series of rapes and the lookalike true perpetrator of these crimes. Coffield, an early AIDS casualty, with his good looks and Midwestern wholesomeness, is well cast; his clean-cut appearance and demeanor effectively contrast with the stereotypical image of a vicious criminal. High marks also go to Greg Mullavey who has a grand old time with his role as the slick defense attorney concerned with maintaining his undefeated record.
|Peter Coffield as a man born with the wrong face.|
|Corey Allen aka Alan Cohen (right).|
Marcovicci is a renowned nightclub and Broadway singer. She'll be celebrating her 65th birthday next month with performances at the famous Joe's Pub.
|Post-Rebel Allen in "naturama." He is the young man with a knife being pressed to his chest.|
|In director mode. 1934 - 2010.|