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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Release Date:

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 »


Mike Medwicki: [curious about Amanda in the strip joint] How old are you?
Amanda Sue Bradley: [sarcastically] 18, nearly - 17 and a half.
Mike Medwicki: [noticing she is eating popcorn] I hope that's not your supper.
Amanda Sue Bradley: How come you get to be so interested?
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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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With just 45 minutes watched, this one sticks!
14 June 2006 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I was surprised by this movie. I only saw the last 45 minutes of it, but it really grabbed me. Not only because of the very disturbing story, but also because of the, at some stages, incredible acting by Juliette Lewis.

Amanda and Billy/Juliette and Brad in this movie must have been the model for the trailer park couple in "Kalifornia". I found Kalifornia much less disturbing despite the in-your-face violence displayed by Brad's character there. I guess this is because "Too young to die?" was produced before the era of quick camera action. The slow pace of the film reminded me of "Badlands", with the same emptiness and destructive path, except that in "Too young to die" there's absolutely no romance involved. In a merciless way, it is outlining the destructive path that Amanda is on, with no one to help.

This is one of those films that stick, even with 45 minutes captured of it. And that's what movie experience is about.

Nice to see both Brad and Juliette at an early stage of their careers, clearly lying the foundation for their later roles (Brad as cowboy with Gena Davis in ..., Juliette with De Niro in Cape Fear and with Woody in Natural Born Killers).

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