Not a Pretty Picture

Not a Pretty Picture is an American docudrama film released in 1976. The film was written, produced and directed by Martha Coolidge, marking her narrative feature film directorial debut, after years of working as a documentary filmmaker in the early to mid-1970s.

Not a Pretty Picture
Directed byMartha Coolidge
Produced byMartha Coolidge
Written byMartha Coolidge
Music byTom Griffith
CinematographyDon Lenzer
Fred Murphy
Edited byMartha Coolidge
Release date
  • 1976 (1976)
Running time
83 minutes
CountryUnited States

The film is a retelling about Coolidge, who was date raped when she was sixteen years old.[1][2] The film follows the aftermath of the incident on the main character.


  • Reed Birney as Fred
  • Jim Carrington as Curly
  • John Fedinatz as West Virginia
  • Diana Gold as Jane
  • Stephen Laurier as Brian
  • Michele Manenti as Martha at 16
  • Lillah McCarthy as Nancy
  • Janet Morrison as Bunny
  • Anne Mundstuk as Herself
  • Melissa Murdock as Leah
  • Hal Studer as Mr. Cullen
  • Amy Wright as Cindy


  1. Martha Coolidge profile , Archived February 2, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  2. Not a Pretty Picture (1976), TCM

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