7.1/10
29
2 user 1 critic

A Last Cry for Help (1979)

Unrated | | Drama | TV Movie 19 January 1979
Sharon appears to be a normal 17 year old girl with good grades, many friends, and a wonderful personality - hardly someone you think would be considering suicide. Her home life is ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Little Ladies of the Night (TV Movie 1977)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The sister of ex-pimp and current Los Angeles Police detective Kyle York was murdered working the streets a few years ago. Since his reform, he has teamed with Officer Russ Garfield to ... See full summary »

Director: Marvin J. Chomsky
Stars: David Soul, Louis Gossett Jr., Linda Purl
Accidental Meeting (TV Movie 1994)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

One of two rôle-reveresed remakes of Strangers on a Train (1951) made in the space of three years, the other being Once You Meet a Stranger (1996)

Director: Michael Zinberg
Stars: Linda Gray, Linda Purl, Leigh McCloskey
In Self Defense (TV Movie 1987)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A witness (Linda Purl) is terrorized by the killer (Billy Drago) against whom she testified.

Director: Bruce Seth Green
Stars: Linda Purl, Yaphet Kotto, Terry Lester
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

An American links her mothers death in Bankok to a plot involving Vietnamese refugees.

Director: James Becket
Stars: Janis Paige, Ken Wisan, Joke Tachalom
Crazy Mama (1975)
Action | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Jonathan Demme directs this joyous relentlessly kitschy celebration of 50's America: opportunity, rock'n'roll, and the road. He follows three generations of women and the men they pick up, ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Demme
Stars: Cloris Leachman, Stuart Whitman, Ann Sothern
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Sharon Muir
...
Joan Muir
...
Dr. Ben Abbot
...
Ralph Muir
...
Jeff Burgess
Karen Lamm ...
Connie
...
Mr. Burgess
Robin Strand ...
Budd
...
Sandy
...
Carol
Renee Brown ...
Willie
Charles Lucia ...
Peter (as Chip Lucia)
Candy Mobley ...
Kathy
Stacey Kuhne-Adams ...
Mandy (as Stacey Kuhne)
Melissa Sherman ...
Jessie
Edit

Storyline

Sharon appears to be a normal 17 year old girl with good grades, many friends, and a wonderful personality - hardly someone you think would be considering suicide. Her home life is constrained by the pressures and expectations of her parents. She slowly spirals downward, her mother at one point telling her that she has no business being unhappy. So, she gulps down a bottle of sleeping pills. She is saved, but for how long? Written by Fryingham

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

suicide | See All (1) »

Taglines:

Sharon cries out for strength. For hope. For love.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Unrated
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

19 January 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Último Apelo  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Linda Purl received several letters from suicidal teenagers informing her that this TV movie dissuaded them from committing suicide. Moreover, Purl talked to various counselors, survivors, and parents who had lost their children to suicide as research for her character. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

I saw this film when it originally premiered on television
29 October 2003 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

It stayed with me all these years, perhaps because of the poignancy of its heroine's situation. Sharon is a cheer leader, pretty and popular, with loving parents and a beautiful home and all the advantages that go with it. However, she sees her older sister, who was also a cheer leader in her younger days, now married and mothering in her twenties, already slotted into the narrow suburban housewife life that their mother planned for her, and perhaps Sharon feels a little helpless.

Her mother seems singularly uninterested in her daughter's doubts and fears, at one point even telling Sharon, "You have no right to be unhappy!" Not surprisingly in view of her lack of support from home, Sharon's grief implodes, resulting in a suicide attempt. She meets a young man, Jeff, in the hospital where she is sent for observation and strikes up a friendship with him that eventually results in further grief for her. Sharon also must deal with the variety of reactions she elicits from friends and family after her suicide attempt.

I was fourteen when this film was first aired, and I was certainly no cheer leader type. I was a fat, nerdy kid who figured all the cheer leader types had it made -- popular, pretty, had all the boys interested in them, etc. This film forced me to realize that things really are tough all over sometimes. Since TV movies are so rarely aired anymore except on cable, I don't imagine this one has gotten much exposure.


15 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?