Film / No One Would Tell

Based on a 1991 incident in Beverly, Massachusetts, No One Would Tell is a 1996 NBC TV film that tells the story of a teen couple's troubled relationship.

Shy, sixteen-year-old, Stacy Collins (Candace Cameron Bure) can't believe that the most popular guy in school, an attractive athlete named Bobby Tennison (Fred Savage), is interested in her. At first she is flattered by his constant attention, but then he becomes possessive and jealous - telling her who she can speak to, where she can go, and what she can wear. Threats escalate into violence when Bobby thinks Stacy has stepped out of line. Both Stacy's friends and her mother, Laura (Michelle Phillips), try to convince her to break up with Bobby after seeing her bruises and how he treats her. Stacy claims that he only acts that way because she is being stupid, and that Bobby really does love her. Soon, however, she is walking on egg shells and living in fear of him.

Tropes used in the film:

  • Adult Fear: Laura fears on what Bobby was able to do to her daughter, Stacy. She was right.
  • Affably Evil: Bobby. Everyone seems to think he's a great guy, until the school dance, when his true behavior around Stacy begins to show.
  • An Aesop: The judge's ending speech after Bobby's sentence, lecturing Stacy's friends for not helping her while she was being abused. Technically a Broken Aesop since she rejected their help the entire time anyway.
  • Big Damn Hero: Just when all hope is lost during the search for Stacy, Vince suddenly steps in with a hint of her location and what happened to her.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Very, very bitter, though. Stacy is killed by Bobby, and there's a very prominent feeling that it could've been prevented. However, the one thing that doesn't make this a full-on Downer Ending is the fact that Bobby does get his comeuppance by getting sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
  • Domestic Abuser / Jerk Jock: Bobby Tennison.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Bobby may be violent towards Stacy, but he does have a soft side for his mom.
  • High School
  • If I Can't Have You: What ultimately leads to Stacy's murder. Even quoted verbatim by Bobby after he does the deed.
  • Made-for-TV Movie
  • Mama Bear: Laura was pissed to know what happened to Stacy and wanted Bobby to come forward.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": At the dance, Bobby’s true nature is seen.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: The look in Bobby's eyes after Nicki confronts him about Stacy's "disappearance".
  • Nice Guy: Nicki’s boyfriend, Tony, meets this because he’s just as worried about what will happen. The same goes with Steve.
  • Police Procedural: The police get involved when Stacy goes missing.
  • Scary Black Man: Detective Anderson becomes this when he has Bobby at the station in order to get him to come forward with what happened to Stacy. Considering his job, who can blame when there’s criminal act has been committed.
  • Shower Scene: There is one scene of Stacy showering that isn't played for much titillation, and is actually quite disturbing since it mainly focuses on showing all of the bruises on her.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: The judge hands this out, after Bobby is convicted of murdering Stacy.
  • Very Loosely Based on a True Story: Based on an actual domestic abuse case in 1991; much like what happens to Stacy, it ended fatally.
  • Villain Protagonist: In case you haven't already guessed, Bobby.
  • Yandere: Bobby turns out to be a male version of this trope, getting very defensive when he sees Stacy talking with other guys and killing her in the name of If I Can't Have You.