Once upon a happier, more escapist time, the damsel-in-distress thriller afforded glitzy film stars the opportunity to scream photogenically at the top of their lungs. Unfortunately, the creative personnel behind A WOMAN UNDONE are more interested in a brand of realism which the "imperiled
lady" subgenre is too shallow to support.
A distraught woman, Teri Hansen (Mary McDonnell), is found cowering in a dry gulch after her husband, Allen (Randy Quaid), has been burned to death in the family car. As sketchy details crystallize, Teri is arrested for murder and defended by attorney Ross Bishop (Sam Elliott). Flashbacks
highlight the Hansens' incompatible marriage, ...