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Writer (WGA):
Janet Brownell (written by)
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3 January 1993 (USA) See more »
The true story of the Long Island teen who shoots and wounds the wife of a man she called her lover. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Drew Barrymore ... Amy Fisher

Tony Denison ... Joey Buttafuoco (as Anthony John Denison)

Harley Jane Kozak ... Amy Pagnozzi

Tom Mason ... Eric Naiburg
Laurie Paton ... Mary Jo Buttafuoco

Ken Pogue ... Elliot Fisher

Linda Darlow ... Roseann Fisher

Gabe Khouth ... Tim Russo
Garry Davey ... Detective

Dwight McFee ... Daniel Severin

Philip Granger ... Williams
Stephen Cooper ... Chris Drellos
Matthew Walker ... Current Affair Reporter

Walter Marsh ... Judge Marvin Goodman
Terry King ... Fred Klein
Charles Siegel ... Marvyn Kornberg
Lindsay Bourne ... Ed Grilli
Ken Angel ... Stephen Sleeman

Michael Gabriel ... Peter Guagenti (as Michael Iacobucci)

Garry Chalk ... Hard Copy Reporter

Philip Maurice Hayes ... Paul Makely (as Phillip Maurice Hayes)
Kim Kondrashoff ... John
Terry David Mulligan ... Rafael Abramovitz
Kevin Hayes ... Hard Copy Anchor

Robin Mossley ... Doctor
Michael Sicoly ... Mr. Russo
Michelle Grana ... Mrs. Russo
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Serge Houde ... Amy's Older John (uncredited)
Avery Raskin ... First Reporter (uncredited)

Robyn Ross ... (uncredited)

Jonathan Walker ... Reporter (uncredited)

Directed by
Andy Tennant 
Writing credits
Janet Brownell (written by)

Produced by
Andrew Adelson .... executive producer
George W. Perkins .... producer
Janet Brownell .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Michael Hoenig 
Cinematography by
Glen MacPherson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Debra Neil-Fisher  (as Debra Neil)
Casting by
Holly Powell 
Production Design by
Phil Schmidt 
Art Direction by
Eric Norlin 
Set Decoration by
Tedd Kuchera 
Costume Design by
Trish Keating 
Makeup Department
James D. Brown .... hair stylist (as James Brown)
Joann Desare .... makeup artist
Sydney Silvert .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Lynne Bespflug .... unit production manager
Thomas H. Brodek .... executive in charge of production
Jim Painten .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sheila Carpenter .... third assistant director
Rachel Leiterman .... second assistant director
Mick MacKay .... first assistant director
Art Department
Bill Burd .... property master
Chris Claridge .... construction coordinator
Sound Department
Sam Black .... re-recording mixer
Michael C. Gutierrez .... supervising sound editor
Thomas J. Huth .... re-recording mixer
Daryl Powell .... production sound
David M. Weishaar .... re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Michael Blacklock .... special effects
Dean Stewart .... special effects (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Julian Chojnacki .... camera operator
Dave Gordon .... key grip
Don Saari .... chief lighting technician
Chris Helcermanas-Benge .... still photographer (uncredited)
Robert Stecko .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Al Uglanica .... best boy grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Stuart Aikins .... casting: Vancouver (as Stuart Aikens)
Kim Everett .... casting associate: Los Angeles
James Forsyth .... extras casting
William Haines .... casting assistant: Vancouver (as Bill Haines)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Christine Mooney .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Elissa Loparco .... post-production executive (as Elissa Rashkin)
Location Management
Chris Rudolph .... location manager
Music Department
Susan Mick .... music editor
Transportation Department
Ian 'Moss' Urquhart .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Lukia Czernin .... production coordinator
Robert Easton .... dialogue coach
Lara Fox .... script supervisor
Julia Hare .... researcher
Amy Pagnozzi .... consultant
Carol Reid .... production accountant
Crew believed to be complete

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96 min
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Did You Know?

Drew Barrymore also played a Lolita the previous year in Poison Ivy (1992).See more »
Continuity: When Amy walks to the door, she only presses the doorbell once between the time she gets to the door and the time that Mary Jo Buttafuoco answers the door. When they show it from Mary Jo Buttafuoco's view, the audio reveals the doorbell being rung twice.See more »
Joey Buttafuoco:I've got scars that are older than you.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in 101 Biggest Celebrity Oops (2004) (TV)See more »


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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Long Island Lolita, 15 January 2010
Author: James Hitchcock from Tunbridge Wells, England

Amy Fisher, aka the "Long Island Lolita", was a seventeen-year-old girl who, in 1992, shot and severely wounded Mary Jo Buttafuoco, the wife of her thirty-something lover Joey Buttafuoco. Fisher was subsequently sentenced to seven years in prison. The media have always been prone to sensationalising crime stories, but this tendency seemed particularly pronounced in America during the early nineties, the age of O. J. Simpson, Lorena Bobbitt and the Menendez brothers. Amy therefore became an instant media celebrity and all three major US television networks rushed out dramatisations of her case. "The Amy Fisher Story" was ABC's contribution; the others were "Amy Fisher: My Story" (NBC) and "Casualties of Love: the Long Island Lolita Story" (CBS).

I cannot compare "The Amy Fisher Story" with "Casualties of Love", which I have never seen, and will not attempt a comparison with the NBC version (known in Britain as "Lethal Lolita") as I have not seen it since was first seen on British television about fifteen years ago. "The Amy Fisher Story" did, however, remind me of another TV movie from the early nineties, "Too Young to Die?" from three years earlier. Both films are, to some extent at least, based on true stories and both deal with a shooting carried out by a teenage girl. Both feature an outstanding performance from an up-and-coming young actress, Juliette Lewis in the earlier film and Drew Barrymore here. During their teenage years both Lewis and Barrymore seemed to specialise in "wild child" roles- Barrymore's best-known was probably in "Poison Ivy"- and in Barrymore's case there was plenty of speculation that these roles mirrored her off-screen antics. Here she is excellent as Amy- a wild, out-of-control young woman, at war with her strict parents (especially her father) and obsessed with her older lover.

Of the two films, "Too Young to Die?", which is several cuts above the average made-for-TV true crime drama, is the better. I think it gains by the decision to fictionalise the story on which it is based. It advertised itself not as the true story of the Attina Cannady case but rather as a fictional story loosely based on that case, which makes it easier for the film to raise some very pertinent questions about an important social issue, namely America's use of the death penalty. The acting is also of a higher standard in that film; apart from Barrymore's few contributions in "The Amy Fisher Story" stand out.

"The Amy Fisher Story" did, by contrast, advertise itself as a dramatisation of a true story, and like many such films, especially made-for-TV ones, is told in a drily factual style. It is not, moreover, even factually accurate in all particulars. After his wife's shooting, Joey Buttafuoco denied that there had ever been any sexual relationship between Amy and himself, claiming that she had grown desperate when he rejected her advances. The film, which was rushed out soon after the shooting, takes these denials at face value, presumably in order not to jeopardise Buttafuoco's pending trial for statutory rape, but soon afterwards he changed his plea to guilty and served several months in jail.

In many respects "The Amy Fisher Story" is no more than an average film, but I have given it an above-average mark for Barrymore's performance. 6/10

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