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Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway (1976)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  27 September 1976 (USA)
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15 year old Dawn runs away from what she feels is an intolerable home life. In the big city, she ends up turning to prostitution when she is unable to get a job due to her age. Life at home... See full summary »

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Alexander Duncan (as Leigh J. McCloskey)
Lynn Carlin ...
Dawn's Mother
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Harry
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Counterwoman
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Susie
Marguerite DeLain ...
Frankie Lee
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Swan
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Donald Umber
David Knapp ...
Doctor Roberts
Stephanie Burchfield ...
Randy
Diane Sommerfield
Kaaren Ragland ...
Melba
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Librarian
Paul Bryar ...
Counterman
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15 year old Dawn runs away from what she feels is an intolerable home life. In the big city, she ends up turning to prostitution when she is unable to get a job due to her age. Life at home was never this bad. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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The Startling NBC-TV Drama That Shocked the Nation

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Egy szökött tinédzser  »

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Doctor Roberts: [talking to Dawn and Alex at the LA Free Clinic, thinking both have VD] 400 of you kids every week. 3 part-time doctors. It's impossible. Okay, which one of you guys goes first?
[Alexander unbuckles his pants to get a shot in the ass]
Doctor Roberts: 8 years of study. I have not one case of mastoids or thrombosis. All I get are 12 year-old pregnants and exotic forms of VD.
[shoots Alex in the ass with needle, then turns to Dawn]
Doctor Roberts: And now for the culprit. Syphilis or Gonorrhea?
[Dawn looks shocked]
Alexander: She needs ...
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Cherry Bomb
performed by The Runaways
courtesy of Mercury Records
words and music by Joan Jett and Kim Fowley
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Release this movie on video - NOW!
13 August 2000 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Great stuff! It's a pity this movie and its sequel - 'Alexander: The Other Side of Dawn' are not available on video - (Perhaps we could lobby the studio!) Eve Plumb and Leigh McCloskey (where are they now?) are superb in the central roles. I couldn't imagine a successful remake of these movies as the naivety of the teenagers just wouldn't be credible in the 21st Century - or would it? Incidentally, I seem to recall a Disney movie entitled 'Blind Sunday' circa 1976, which featured Leigh McCloskey. His character was, in some ways, a precurser to the character of Alexander.


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