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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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Eileen Phillips
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Scott Cameron
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Sandy Cameron
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Dr. Jarvis
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Stan
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John Cameron
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Coach
Tricia Cast ...
Susan Garber
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Ken Baynes
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Carol Cameron
Michele Greene ...
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Robert Walsh
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Mrs. Watson (as Dr. Joyce Brothers)
Aggie Terry ...
Cindy
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Mary
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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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Who's killing young kids with drugs and crime?

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3 March 1982 (USA)  »

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Angel Dust  »

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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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Featured in Saturday Night Live: Helen Hunt/Snoop Doggy Dogg (1994) See more »

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Desperate Lives
Written and Sung by Rick Springfield
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High-sterical!

I cannot believe that one comment I just read for this one, that this piece of junk is "powerful" and "realistic" - WHAT?! This utterly awful TV movie is pure, 100% hokum. I went to high school in the '80s, when this thing came out and this TV movie seems to have been made on another planet by aliens who had absolutely no contact with real teenagers. I wish I'd seen this then

  • I could have used the laughs. But at least it's acquired a thick patina


of camp value over the years, what with its beyond-earnest, totally out of touch plot and dialogue. This is the "Reefer Madness" of the '80s. Helen Hunt's PCP suicide/freakout is a pee-in-your-pants crack-up. (I don't suppose they'll be showing that clip when she's up for the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award, should that ever happen.)


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