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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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Sarah Travis
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Jerry Travis
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Jean Hodges
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Matt Hodges
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Dr. Marvin Kittredge
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Ken Newkirk
Eric Olson ...
Bobby
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Nancy
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Steve Benedict ...
Ray Peterson
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Fred Tyler
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Mrs. Peterson
Hilda Haynes ...
Margaret
Jessica Rains ...
Mrs. Tyler
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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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Trivia

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 »

Connections

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

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It's Too Late
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Written by Carole King and Toni Stern
Sung by Linda Blair
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If you are an alcoholic, you will find this movie mesmerizing!
30 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie "by accident" as it appeared on TV as "Movie of the Week" back in 1980. I had no intention of watching this particular movie, it was just "on" as I was walking through the room. I was an active alcoholic at the time, and although I was full of denial about my drinking I just couldn't tear myself away. Things went from bad to worse when a friend watching it with me said, "Check it out. She (Sarah T) drinks just like you do", which was of course true but also horrifying as Sarah was clearly an alcoholic.

This movie haunted me for several years, and planted a seed that led me to AA about 4 years later. If you are an alcoholic, or wondering if you might be, see this movie!


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