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Desperate Lives (1982)

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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Susan Garber
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Ken Baynes
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Carol Cameron
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Robert Walsh
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Mrs. Watson (as Dr. Joyce Brothers)
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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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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 (Title Song)
by Rick Springfield
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Not nearly that bad...
12 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was Diana's first movie after Mommie Dearest, and it was fairly brave, at the time, for a TV movie. Yes, it's a bit of a mess, but it certainly deals with a messy subject -- one that can be dealt with any number of ways. When the students at an assembly, and Diana Scarwid goes around to their lockers with a shopping cart, it is an absolute scream. When she finally confronts the students, she is foaming with righteous anger and chews up the scenery like no other actress before her. When they burn all the contraband and the students begin to add their own stashes to the bonfire, Scarwid is victorious. GREAT performance in a campy movie...


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