A sturdy TV problem drama about domestic violence, SHATTERED DREAMS runs its course so doggedly that one feels more depressed by the female protagonist's endurance in a bad marriage than uplifted by her ultimate victory over her controlling mate.
Ignoring the warning signs of his bad temper, Charlotte (Lindsay Wagner) buys into the white picket fence syndrome when she marries John Fedders (Michael Nouri). She clings to her storybook illusions even after her first taste of physical violence from her ambitious, jealous spouse. As he becomes
a success on Wall Street, John forces Charlotte into a narrowly conceived role designed to make him shine publicly. Despite f...