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

TV Movie  |  Not Rated  |   |  Drama  |  11 February 1975 (USA)
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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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Yes, Sarah drinks. Drinks as though she has to, no matter what happens. Big trouble for anybody. And little Sarah is only 15.




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11 February 1975 (USA)  »

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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 »

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Great TV movie
11 February 2004 | by (New York,NY) – See all my reviews

First up I want to disagree with the poster that said that Sarah T doesnt REALLY hit rock bottom. Towards the end of the movie Sarah has sex in a car with a boy she never met before who agreed to buy liquor for her. That sounds pretty rock bottom to me. SARAH T is a made for TV movie that they dont show on TV anymore...and should...cuz its a good one. It stars Linda Blair as a shy girl whose parents are divorced and she's just started out in a new school. She secretly has been drinking behind her parnets back for about two years. Her mom gets cute boy-next-door Mark Hammel to take Sarah to a party and to loosen up Sarah has a few drinks and sings and dances and has fun. She tells the boy its her first time drinking. After the next few times he sees her drinking he realizes that she doesnt drink like a newbee at all,and suspects she's a serious drinker who may be developing a problem. Of course Sarahs in bigtime denial but as the movie progresses she gets worse and worse until finally she does end up in AA. This movie isnt readily available and I had to get my copy of it through someone on eBay who made me a copy. Its a shame that movies like this,The Late Great Me and Afterschool Specials no longer air. If the networks or cable cant play them shouldnt somebody package them and sell them?

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