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Release Date:
6 February 1978 (USA) See more »
A withdrawn young girl joins an unpopular sorority in college. It turns out she has psychic and telekinetic powers, and she uses them against a rival sorority. | Add synopsis »
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Kay Lenz ... Sarah Goodwin

Shelley Winters ... Mrs. Erica Hunter

Tony Bill ... Paul Yates

Kathryn Grant ... Mrs. Goodwin

Morgan Fairchild ... Jennifer Lawrence

Morgan Brittany ... Patty Goodwin

Robert Hays ... Scott Rafferty

Tisa Farrow ... Alberta 'Mouse'
Elizabeth Stack ... Laura O'Neil
Deborah Ryan ... Bobbie Adams
Nora Heflin ... Barbara

Talia Balsam ... Allison

Michael Talbott ... Freddie
Jennifer Gay ... Kathy Anderson

Susan Duvall ... Regina Wilson
Albert Owens ... Young man
Debi Fries ... Susan
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Doug Davidson ... Tommy (uncredited)
Madelaine Kelley ... Clerk (uncredited)
Karen Purcill ... Pledge (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Day 
Writing credits
Don Ingalls (teleplay) &
Carol Saraceno (teleplay) &
Kenette Gfeller (teleplay)

Tom Holland (story) &
Carol Saraceno (story)

Produced by
Jay Benson .... producer
Charles W. Fries .... executive producer (as Charles Fries)
Allan Marcil .... associate producer
Original Music by
Johnny Harris 
Cinematography by
Ric Waite 
Film Editing by
Anthony DiMarco 
Casting by
Ramsay King  (as Ramsey King)
Art Direction by
Herman F. Zimmerman 
Set Decoration by
Ray Molyneaux 
Costume Design by
Yvonne Kubis 
Ed Sunley 
Makeup Department
Wes Dawn .... makeup artist
William Lyon MacKenzie .... makeup artist (as Will Mackenzie)
Donna Turner Culver .... hair stylist
Production Management
William P. Owens .... production manager
Fred Stark .... unit production manager
Malcolm Stuart .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bruce Hanson .... second assistant director
Fred Stark .... first assistant director
Art Department
Vic Culina .... property master
Sound Department
Marvin Kerner .... sound effects editor
C. Darin Knight .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Cliff Wenger .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
John Bailey .... camera operator
Richard Walden .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Warren Chadwick .... assistant film editor
Location Management
Orin Kennedy .... location manager
Music Department
John Fresco .... music supervisor
John Mick .... music editor
Transportation Department
Buster Kohloff .... transportation captain
Other crew
Nancy Hansen .... script supervisor
Linda Sony Kinney .... production coordinator
Joseph J. Kontra .... production assistant
Kathleen Ross .... assistant to producer
Crew believed to be complete

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96 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Continuity: When Sarah comes down the stairs to go to for the birthday party for Paul Yates, her hair seems suddenly much longer than it was moments before.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Superstar (1999)See more »


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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Never p... off Kay Lenz....., 23 January 2007
Author: shanakin from United States

OK, I never saw this in 1978 or in any reruns but because I grew up in the seventies, I have a weird affinity for liking these made for TV movies of the week. This one turned out to be a lot of fun to watch. The acting is pretty good by all involved, Kay Lenz in the title role makes it believable and Morgan Fairchild is good as the queen b....., Morgan Brittany is lovely as ever and Shelly Winters is completely over the top in her scenes especially towards the end of the movie. (SPOLIERS) Story wise it's not strong, the movie itself is a little slow at the beginning of the movie and there are some things left unresolved at the end of the movie such as what happened to all involved but that does not distract from a fun movie. My copy was on an older tape and it was quite granny but it reminded me of the quality of the made for TV movies of the week back in the 70's. I say if your a fan of the TV movie's of the week you'll enjoy this one. OH, and buy the way if you ever meet Kay Lenz be nice to her you just never know what may happen.

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