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Sarah T. - Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic (1975)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 11 February 1975
This movie is a teaching tool about a teenage girl struggling with alcoholism to cope with her feelings of insecurity and usual problems of adolescence.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Travis
Jerry Travis
Jean Hodges
Matt Hodges
Dr. Marvin Kittredge
Ken Newkirk
Eric Olson ...
Steve Benedict ...
Ray Peterson
Fred Tyler
Mrs. Peterson
Hilda Haynes ...
Jessica Rains ...
Mrs. Tyler
Sheila Larken ...
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Finding herself unable to cope with the divorce of her parents and the stress of daily life, 15-year-old Sarah Travis starts drinking in secret. At first, alcohol provides comfort and release. Then it sends her life spiraling out of control. Written by Reid Taylor

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Only his love could give her the hope of a normal life. See more »




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11 February 1975 (USA)  »

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A Garota Viciada  »

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Did You Know?


Director Richard Donner, who later hit pay-dirt with Superman (1978) in 1979, went on the talk show circuit to plug his blockbuster and was asked questions about his early directorial work. However, he couldn't remember the name of this movie. He ended up calling it "Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway", which was directed by Randal Kleiser. See more »


Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Eegah (1993) See more »


It's Too Late
Written by Carole King and Toni Stern
Sung by Linda Blair
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Linda Blair vehicle with all the stops pulled out
18 December 2003 | by (Wichita, Kansas) – See all my reviews

This movie was a vehicle for Linda Blair - but don't let that deter you from checking it out.

Linda plays Sarah Travis, who as the movie begins already has a problem with alcohol. Her parents' recent divorce (and her mother's remarriage) and her move to a new school are not helping things. Slowly everything in her life slides right down the hill and into her river of alcohol. Some of the movie is custom-made for Linda Blair - she gets to sing at a party, her boyfriend has his own horses and lets her groom them (Linda LOVED horses, the teen magazines dutifully reported) - but the message of the movie rings clear. Remarkably powerful scene: Linda goes to an AA meeting, and little Bobby (Eric Olsen, then starring in "Apple's Way") steps forward and shares that his alcoholism made him "so damn disgusted with myself" that he knew he had to get help.

It's not accurate to say Sarah hits rock bottom. She THINKS she hits rock bottom, and then learns the hardest way possible just how much further she could fall.

A powerful movie, HIGHLY recommended.

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