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Shattered Innocence (1988)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 9 March 1988
A HS grad leaves behind her modest life and finds work in the Sex industry. It ends in disaster.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonna Lee ...
Lou Gates
Dennis Howard ...
Nora (as Nadine Van Der Velde)
Randy Hamilton ...
Peppi Sanders ...
Melissa Michaelsen ...
Neil Billingsley ...


A HS grad leaves behind her modest life and finds work in the Sex industry. It ends in disaster.

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She's a good girl with a bad habit.




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9 March 1988 (USA)  »

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Dead and White  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Pauleen is in Lou Gates' office, one of his boxing poster reads Ben Frankel, a play to Lou's actor, Ben Frank. See more »


In the film the lead has a fake ID stating she is 21 while she is only 19 but in 1983 the legal drinking age in the US was 19 and didn't change to 21 until 1985. See more »


[after Pauleen runs off]
Sharon: What's wrong with her?
Del: She's growing up.
Sharon: [worried] She's growing away.
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Referenced in Boogie Nights (1997) See more »


Baby, I Love Your Way
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A Classy Movie About Porn
17 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

I keep coming back to this film, some 17 years after I first saw it, for the script, the cast, the acting and even the background music. This Lorimar TV flick must have been ahead of its time in 1988, as the story of 17-year-old Pauleen Anderson, who, wanting to grow up faster than she knows how, leaves home and becomes in turn a centerfold, a porn star, a cocaine abuser and finally a suicide when things go wrong. I think the producers and writers try to take aim at the pornography industry for the sleazy business it is, but this girl's impatience with life and desire to "have it all" the fast and easy way seem just as much to blame for what happened to her. Jonna Lee is convincing in every way as a natural beauty who is not mature enough to handle what she's gotten herself into. Melinda Dillon is memorable as the disapproving mother who understands neither her daughter's restlessness nor how the high-paying porno business would prove as addictive as cocaine to a young girl with nothing to sell but her looks. John Pleshette is also good as the older man who's finally found the centerfold girlfriend he's wanted all his life, only to lose her to his own tragic flaw - being a cocaine dealer headed for prison. No matter how many times I see this film I'm moved by the way it unfolds relentlessly toward its inevitable tragic end. Even the touching opening and closing theme music strikes home. Knowing that this fictionalized account mirrors the life and death of real-life porn star Colleen Applegate only makes it more compelling.

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