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 »
A constant runaway is given over to the care of the state and finds herself in a remand centre for girls. She is soon caught between the uncaring bureaucracy, the sometimes brutal treatment... See full summary »
Allyn Ann McLerie
Hot stuff for 1977...and incredibly tame and sanitized when seen today.
This film is the sequel to "Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway". This original made for TV movie was pretty shocking as America got to see Eve Plumb (from "The Brady Bunch") playing a prostitute! Pretty steamy stuff for the 1970s. Well, the character is back but plays second fiddle to Alexander (Leigh McCloskey)...her love interest who also is a prostitute who mostly services men...though he insists that he's not gay (and they never mention that he's most likely bisexual).
Like the first movie, this one is HIGHLY sanitized because otherwise they never would have allowed it to be shown on TV. So, you never really see Alexander prostituting himself and the film jumps too quickly from Alexander being homeless to sleeping with folks for profit. It basically talks around what is happening. Additionally, McCloskey and Plumb look so whitebread and so pretty that it is hard to imagine either being prostitutes. As a result, instead of being shocking it comes off as a bit silly. Additionally, the film feels very episodic and disjoint...perhaps due to some editing to please the network. Because of this, it's really not that good a movie BUT it's also a groundbreaking and important film due to its subject matter...and for that reason folks might wanna give it a look.
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