Desperate for Love (1989)

TV Movie  |  Not Rated  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  17 January 1989 (USA)
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The story of murder among a trio of teenagers after a boy breaks up with a girl and she runs into the arms of his vulnerable best friend.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cliff Petrie
Lily Becker
Alex Cutler
Betty Petrie
Arthur Rosenberg
Lulee Fisher
Billy Vera
Peter Thomasson ...
Keith Noble ...
Benji Wilhoite ...


The story of murder among a trio of teenagers after a boy breaks up with a girl and she runs into the arms of his vulnerable best friend.

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Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

17 January 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aus Liebe und Verzweiflung  »

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Four actors in this film: Rebecca Wackler who played 'Margaret', David Dwyer who played 'Officer Deke', Gary Bullock who played 'Mac' and the late Ted Manson who played the 'Judge', acted together again 2 years later in another film: "Paris, Trout" (1991) In this one, Wackler played a 'Woman Shopper', Dwyer once again played a 'Policeman', Bullock played 'Buster Devonne' and Manson played a 'Hotel Clerk'. See more »


When Cliff and Alex go hunting by a river, they each have a beer. Alex sets his down to take a few pot shots and it falls over and dumps its contents. The foam is clearly visible. Cut to a different (frontal) view of Alex. When the boys get up to leave, the beer is standing up and Alex picks it up as they walk away. See more »


Written by Billy Vera & Chip Taylor
Produced by Billy Vera
Published by Vera Cruz Music & Back Road Music
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terrible print, horrible editing, acting pretty good, plot interesting
31 July 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Paid less than the price of a rental for the DVD, but it was clearly printed from a VHS tape in mediocre condition. The editing was brutal, but I'm not sure that it was the tape's fault, I think the software used to master the DVD was crap. The result is a very chopped (jarring) feeling ... I felt like the last 10 seconds of every major segment was lost.

Anyway ... the acting is quite good in my opinion. Christian Slater gives a good account of himself, but it's another dark performance, which is his specialty. The girl emotes well, as does the mother. All in all, I found it easy to get and stay in the story.

The plot is pretty standard, but since it is based on true events, it would be kind of hard to criticize on that anyway. I have to say that I enjoyed it. It is certainly worth the low price being charged these days, especially if you like Christian Slater.

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