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Too Young to Die? (1990)

TV Movie  |  R  |   |  Drama, Crime  |  26 February 1990 (USA)
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An abused 15 year old is charged with a murder that carries the death penalty in this fact-based story.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Tucker ...
Buddy Thornton
Amanda Sue Bradley
Billy Canton
D.A. Mark Calhoun
Emily Longstreth ...
Jean Glessner
Wanda Bradley Sledge
Yvette Heyden ...
Annie Meacham
Judge Harper
Mike Medwicki
Dean Abston ...
Harvey Sledge
J. Stephen Brady ...
Mark Davenport ...
Lew Hopson ...
Annabelle Weenick ...
Birdie Jewel


An abused 15 year old is charged with a murder that carries the death penalty in this fact-based story.

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They were young, in love and wanted for murder.


Drama | Crime


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26 February 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Too Young to Die  »

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There is a police car driving through a crowd and an egg is thrown at the window, you can briefly see the camera man in the right front seat wearing a jean jacket instead of a police uniform. See more »


D.A. Mark Calhoun: Lots of kids with lives like Amanda grow up to become doctors. Now she made a choice. I don't want to see anybody die.
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Written by Alex Call
Performed by Huey Lewis & The News (as Huey Lewis and The News)
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records and Lew-Bob Songs
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Depressing, but Lewis is good
13 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

At the beginning of the movie, Amanda is being arrested for murder. Through flashbacks we learn of the circumstances, and the movie goes back and forth between the present and the past. Amanda tells her lawyer she didn't do it, but she is not very helpful in keeping herself out of prison--or possibly death row.

Amanda was only 14 when her stepfather asked her to do something she didn't want to do, and when her mother blamed her, she soon felt her only option was to run away. Once she ended up broke and alone in another town, Billy came to her rescue with a job no 14-year-old should have. Soon Amanda needed rescuing again, and Mark, divorced with children, proved to be her knight in shining armor. But things did not improve for Amanda, and we know something terrible eventually happened.

Juliette Lewis did a better than average job, showing a range of emotions and dimensions to the troubled Amanda character. I don't know that I saw the potential for the respected actor Brad Pitt became, but maybe there was something there.

It's a real shame this was based on a true story. No teen should have to go through what Amanda did. Still, maybe showing the circumstances of her life will help others in her situation.

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