Film: No One Would Tell

Based on a 1991 incident in Beverly, Massachusetts, the made for 1996 NBC TV film tells about a teen couple troubled relationship that ends disastrously as the classmates feared and the police take notice.

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. Having seen the tell-tale bruises, Stacy's best friend, Nicki (Heather McComb), convinces her to break things off with Bobby once again. She does, but in a moment of weakness, Stacy goes to meet him. They get into another argument at Bobby's house, and Stacy storms out. She tells Bobby to take her home, but he drives her to their "special place", the lake, instead. The next day, Stacy is missing. Most people guess that she hitchhiked and was murdered, but Laura suspects that Bobby has something to do with it after she finds Stacy's purse in his room. Nicki is also convinced that he is responsible for Stacy's disappearance and asks Carla (Martha Romo), a witness on the night that she disappeared, for information. Her reluctance to tell what happened frustrates Nicki. Accompanied by Laura, she goes to the police, informing Laura and Detective Anderson how abusive Stacy's relationship with Bobby was. Carla eventually talks to them as well, admitting that Bobby and Vince took Stacy to the lake.

Bobby and Vince are arrested and Bobby blames Stacy's disappearance on Vince, who. when confronted by this lie, admits that Bobby was the one last seen with her and later reveals that Bobby came back alone. Detective Anderson is then convinced Bobby killed her when Stacy ended the relationship and refused to get back together. When he confronts Bobby, he admits that he slit her throat when she refused to get back together with him and then threw her body in the lake. Stacy's corpse is soon found in the lake's water and Laura and Nicki are left in tears. A court trial soon follows with the district attorney asking everyone if they ever saw Bobby hit Stacy. Carla says she did, but that it was because Stacy wouldn't listen to him. Donna says she did, but just thought that if Bobby hit Stacy, she would leave him. Same with Bobby's other friends. Val, Nicki, and her boyfriend expose the abusive ways that Bobby treated Stacy, with Nicki saying how she desperately wanted to out Bobby, but was afraid of losing Stacy's friendship if she were to say what Bobby was doing to her. Bobby is eventually found guilty and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The judge (Sally Jessy Raphael) tells the witnesses to tell someone next time they see a friend being abused instead of standing by and doing nothing, implying how it could have saved Stacy from ultimately getting killed.

Later, a distraught Nicki clears out Stacy's locker and cries as she looks at the pictures of them, remembering their friendship and guiltily wishing that she would have done something sooner to have saved Stacy from Bobby's wrath. The movie ends with Nicki and her boyfriend leaving a bouquet of roses on the sand at the lake in honor of Stacy's memory.

Tropes Uses: YMMV Trivia

  • 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.
  • Domestic Abuser / Jerk Jock: Bobby Tennison.
  • Downer Ending: Stacy is found dead, throat slit, stuffed into a bag, and dropped into a lake
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Bobby may be violent towards Stacy, but he does have a soft side for his mom.
  • High School: These are high school students.
  • If I Can't Have You: What ultimately leads to Stacy's murder.
  • 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.
  • "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.