Rape and Marriage: The Rideout Case

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Rape and Marriage: The Rideout Case
Written byHesper Anderson
Directed byPeter Levin
StarringMickey Rourke
Linda Hamilton
Music byGil Mellé
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producerDick Berg
ProducersBlue André
Vanessa Greene
CinematographyRobert Caramico
EditorHoward Terrill
Running time96 min.
Production companiesStonehenge Productions
Blue Greene Productions
Lorimar Television
Original release
ReleaseOctober 30, 1980 (1980-10-30)

Rape and Marriage: The Rideout Case is a 1980 American made-for-television drama film directed by Peter Levin and starring Mickey Rourke, Linda Hamilton and Rip Torn.[1][2]

It is based on the true story of the trial of John Rideout, who was accused of raping his wife Greta in Oregon, 1978.[3][4]


John Rideout (Rourke) rapes his wife (Hamilton), claiming that it is his right as a husband. She says that it is rape. The case must be settled in court.



  1. ^ Helen Benedict (1993). Virgin Or Vamp: How the Press Covers Sex Crimes. Oxford University Press, 1993. ISBN 0195086651.
  2. ^ David Hiltbrand (November 3, 1980). "Picks and Pans Review: Rape and Marriage—the Rideout Case". People. No. 18. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Rape and Marriage - The Rideout Case (1980)". 2.bfi.org.uk. Archived from the original on February 1, 2020. Retrieved 1 November 2020.
  4. ^ "Rape and Marriage: A look back at the Rideout case". eu.statesmanjournal.com. Retrieved 1 November 2020.

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