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Desperate Lives (1982)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  3 March 1982 (USA)
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A brother and sister get caught up in the drug scene in their local high school, with tragic results.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eileen Phillips
Scott Cameron
Sandy Cameron
Dr. Jarvis
John Cameron
Tricia Cast ...
Susan Garber
Ken Baynes
Carol Cameron
Michele Greene ...
Robert Walsh
Mrs. Watson (as Dr. Joyce Brothers)
Aggie Terry ...


A brother and sister get caught up in the drug scene in their local high school, with tragic results.

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3 March 1982 (USA)  »

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The drugs Steve gives Sandy to snort move from his pinkie to his index finger and back between shots. See more »


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Desperate Lives
Written and Sung by Rick Springfield
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Yup this movie made a square out of me!!!!!
8 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie scared the you-know-what out of me!!! i remember seeing it when i was about 11 years old and i will NEVER forget the scene of Helen Hunt jumping out of the window. I never knew the name of the movie until I watched an old episode of Saturday Night Live when she hosted and showed that scene as a spoof. I freaked out when I saw it as old sleepless nights came flashing back. I remember when I saw it, it scared me so bad I cried. Yes, it would probably be cheesy if it were showed today but it really did work for me. I smoked pot in college but that was it. Not to mention I was exposed to EVERYTHING you can imagine. However, I always remembered Helen Hunt going through the window and have thanked her ever since for my wise choice to abstain. i was always afraid I would have the same reaction of thinking my arm was a snake. I wish there was a way to show this to kids today but they may laugh at it. Perhaps it was my formidable years but it really worked for me. How funny that others had the same reaction. I always tell people that this is the reason I didn't ever do drugs but no one believes me. Thank you Helen Hunt for jumping through the window and trying to cut your arm off with a piece of glass!!! this movie may have saved my life!

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