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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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Frankie Lee: [Frankie Lee is talking to Gloria, another hooker in her pimp Swan's stable. Frankie is showing off a brand new Swan tattoo on her leg] My price is gonna' go up with this.
Gloria: Swan not gonna' like it, Frankie.
Frankie Lee: [indignantly] I'm doin' it for him!
Gloria: Swan don't like his girls to look like they hookers.
Frankie Lee: Hey! I look like a hooker 'cause that's what I am. I'm 17, girl, and this rose is fadin' fast! I gotta' jazz it up.
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References The Bad News Bears (1976) See more »

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Amblin'
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Written by Michael Lloyd
Performed by Shaun Cassidy
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It jerked my tears!
28 June 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Although a bit tame by today's standards, "Dawn" was quite the thing when it came out. In my opinion, the most memorable character is not Dawn, herself, but her hustler friend Alexander, played by Leigh J. McCloskey, whose performance was so deeply moving that he scored a sequel of his own: "Alexander: the Other Side of Dawn" (1977) (TV). Unfortunately, the sequel wasn't up to the original when it came to presenting Alexander. This was a landmark movie to many of its audience members, some of whom I know can STILL remember its EXACT title, a quarter century later; such was its impact on the post-Vietnam, post-Watergate generation.


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