No One Would Tell Review
Level of Attention While Watching: Devoted Husband
With Wife, but Thinking of Mistress: Watching the movie, but not giving it my full attention
Cheating Bastard: I wasn’t paying much attention to the movie at all
WML Guess Synopsis
DirecTV Guide Synopsis
Dating the campus hunk is a dream-come-true for a high-school girl until his absusive side surfaces.
“The Wonder Years” gives the older Savage (younger brother is Ben) an A-List grade from me. Fred was apparently once a teenage heart throb although he was a little before my time. His boyish happy face didn’t make him the best actor to play an abusive high school sports hunk in this flick though.
Don’t tell me you think she deserves an A-List grade, because when this movie came out (1996) she was still DJ Tanner as “Full House” had ended just a year before. She’d done nothing but TV movies since “Full House” ended and she was basically still playing DJ Tanner, just in a different setting with a bra shot and a shower scene. I also think a lot of people today still know her as DJ Tanner and wouldn’t know who you’re talking about if you said Candace Cameron.
At the time this movie came out, Eric Balfour was a no body, but since I watched this movie 15 years after its initial release, he had already been a slightly-big character in the TV series ”24″ (Milo), a big part in ”Texas Chainsaw Massacre” remake and a lead in a terrible looking science fiction movie – “Skyline“.
This is an 80s high school movie trapped in a 90s-straight-for-TV movie. I can see this movie being a big deal in 1996 since it packs the star power of Candace Cameron (now known as Candace Cameron Bure after marrying a hockey player, but she’ll be known as DJ Tanner for the purposes of this review) and Fred Savage at the prime of their careers. “No One Would Tell” follows the outline of showing you the end of the movie at the open and then doing the “X Months Earlier” thing so you see what builds up to the opening moment, who doesn’t love that? DJ is your typical high school girl at a wrestling match with a couple friends going gaga over the school wrestling stud Bobby Tennison (played by Savage) when the friends set her up and yell “Nice body!” when the gym gets really quiet after Bobby’s match, so he turns and looks and she’s helplessly standing up in the stands by herself since her girlfriends sat down immiately after yelling the comment.
Later that evening, DJ runs into Bobby at some pizza shop and Bobby tells DJ to stop by wrestling practice the next Monday since high school wrestling coaches surely wouldn’t have any issue with a girl just stopping by and watching the varsity wrestling club practice. I was inviting women to my basketball, baseball, and football practices all the time, coach loved it… After DJ stops by it’s pretty much love between the two there on out.
DJ and Bobby spend every waking hour together, but Bobby slowly starts to let his controlling side creep on out. Slowly more bruises start appearing on DJ and questions begin to get asked.
After finally coming to her senses and growing some hair on her nads, DJ leaves Bobby, but being the controlling abusive boyfriend he is, he doesn’t accept this which ends up leading to DJ’s death when he takes her out to a lake and convinces her to talk.
Bobby doesn’t fess up to the murder and hopes to get away with it, but eventually all the pieces are put together and he’s found guilty by Sally Jessy Raphael who plays the judge at the end of the movie.
Other Possible Titles
- “DJ Tanner Gets Savaged”
I’m not sure I could so far to say that this movie still holds up, but I sure loved it. In seriousness it sheds some light on abusive boyfriends and what it can lead to. In non-seriousness, it was great seeing two big names of the 90s together in a cheesy Lifetime movie that has some great comedy in it.