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Survival of Dana (1979)

High school transfer student Dana moves to the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles after her North Dakota parents get divorced.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dana Lee
Donny Davis
Lorna Sims
Mrs. Blake
Trent Dolan ...
Coach Tanner
Scott McGinnis ...
Big (as Gary Cervantes)
Paul Hampton ...
Bill Snyder


High school transfer student Dana moves to the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles after her North Dakota parents get divorced.

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Class of 1980. They're majoring in vandalism and violence! Dana will do anything to belong to this gang-and to survive!


Crime | Drama





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29 May 1979 (USA)  »

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On the Edge: The Survival of Dana  »

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Anderson's first notable leading role outside of her "Prairie" girl image to that of modern day teen who moved away from a town (Fargo, N.D.) like LHOTP's to the big city. See more »

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Potentially good teenage drama is a shamingly wasted effort.
3 April 1999 | by (Suffolk, Virginia) – See all my reviews

I get the feeling now and then of having to stay up wide awake late at night, watching these forgotten little movies. SURVIVAL OF DANA is noted for Judge "VICE VERSA" Reinhold's first movie appearance. That doesn't mean anything, because what this little lost made-for-TV movie tells is the story of a girl named Dana, who wants to make the figure skating team. Things suddenly go downhill for Dana, and the movie to go along with it. Without keeping up with the point of the story, it becomes ordinary juvenile delinquent fodder. I'm sitting through some events deemed too unnecessary, just to find an ending that would solve all of its problems. It may call for some reliable entertainment during the sleepless hours, but all it needed was some sticking to the point on Dana. A reasonable acting job is a crying shame for a potentially good effort thrown into the wastebasket. I can't blame a single soul who is looking for late-night matinees on a tight budget, but this'll do. Any movie with a well-known actor's debut is right on the money during a clearance sale. After that, you wished you hadn't felt so disappointed.

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