"The Price of a Broken Heart" is a movie based on the true story of Dot Hutelmyer. The movie debuted on Lifetime Television on Monday, August 16, 1999 as a fact-based drama. "The Price of a Broken Heart" is written by Patricia Resnick and directed by Paul Shapiro. The legal drama stars Laura Innes, Timothy Carhart and Park Overhall as Dot Huteleyer, states the New York Times.
When Dot Hutelmeyer married her handsome husband, she wasn't planning on losing him to a woman at his job. Dot Hutelmeyer vows to take back her rights as a wife by suing her husband's mistress under the "alienation of affection" law, a law designed to protect wives whose husbands have been stolen by home-wreckers.
According to the Movies Based On True Stories Archives, the true story was based on a North Carolina case from the late 1990's involving Dot Hutelmyer and her husband. Dot Hutelmyer sued her husband's girlfriend under the "alienation of affection" law," which was first created in New York in 1864.