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A Friend to Die For (1994)

TV-PG | | Crime, Drama | TV Movie 26 September 1994
When popular and beautiful cheerleader Stacey is stabbed to death, who could have done it? It could have been asocial Goth girl Monica, it could've been angst-ridden Jill - or maybe it was the plain girl nobody suspected.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Delvecchio
Stacy Lockwood
Agent Gilwood
Andy Romano ...
Joe Delvecchio
Margaret Langrick ...
Jill Anderson
Jamie Hall (as Marlee Shelton)
Monica Whitley
Ed Saxe
Mrs. Delvecchio
Head Cheerleader
Mr. Lockwood
Marnie Andrews ...
Mrs. Lockwood
Meridith Ladd (as Jenna J. Leigh)


Angela Delvecchio for some reason transfers from a Catholic school to a public school in the same town. She proceeds to try to make friends with the most popular girl in school which leads to tragedy. Based on a true story. Written by Sue McCormick

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At high school, failure can be fatal. See more »


Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

26 September 1994 (USA)  »

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Death of a Cheerleader  »

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Tori Spelling and Kellie Martin had previously co-starred in the 1989 film Troop Beverly Hills (1989). See more »


If Stacy Lockwood's funeral was Catholic, it would be unlikely the priest would wear a green stole and the casket covered in purple. Catholic priests normally wear a violet, black or white stole during a funeral mass. Caskets will, in most cases, be covered in white, however they can be open. Caskets cannot be covered with a flag of the deceased's nationality while in the church. However, when the casket leaves the church the flag can be put back on the casket. See more »


[after the news on Stacy's death and describing her killer]
Angela Delvecchio: [in disbelief] I'm a teenage girl with shoulder-length hair and we have a Nova.
Jill: [chuckles] Don't be ridiculous, Angie, nobody's gonna suspect you. You're, like, the nicest girl in Santa Mira.
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References Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) See more »

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30 December 2000 | by See all my reviews

"A Friend to Die For" is without a doubt one of the best TV movies I have EVER seen. Everything about it is good with the exception of Tori Spelling's performance. The best thing about this film is that it shows how far someone can go just to be accepted.

Not exactly the most unique idea ever thought of but it is played out beautifully. Dating back six years +, which wasn't a significant amount of time or anything, it still shows just how cruel and vicious school girls can be to one another. I don't think that I have seen a movie that tells it like it is ever since I saw "A Friend to Die For." After all, look at the high rate and percentage of teenage killings. It has died down a little but still very high none the less. This movie is proof that you can take a topic so simple and turn it into a riveting film that DOES teach a lesson.

The characters sketched out are wonderful. Here you have a typical teenage girl with a typical teenage problem. She's quiet and for the most part everything seems to be normal about her. Looks can be deceiving. Although she doesn't seem like the rowdy kind of person, she is literally dying to be accepted by the girls she watches and admires everyday at her own high school. A glimpse at her family and lifestyle shows us that she is just as ordinary as you and me. Jamie, her distant friend is simple. We understand that there is somebody just like Angela. As well as Jill. The stereotypical picture of the in-crowd is drawn very well. We know them. There's one of them in every school and in one way or another most people would like to be part of that crowd. Kellie Martin is extraordinary. (When isn't she?) Her portrayal of an evolving disturbed teen is shown as good as if it were from an actual young 'challenged' teen. Her performance lets the audience, or at least me, feel sorry for her. The second main character is none other than the awful actress herself, Tori Spelling. Stacy Lockwood, played by Spelling, is the super popular, stuck-up rich girl who has everything. (Except for the continuance of her life.) Lockwood's rude and crude personality drives her classmate to the limit. The different remarks made towards Stacy's somewhat of a rival, are terrible. Good, because it made me just want to haul off and smack that b**** across the face. Sorry for the vulgar language. Anyway, Martin, Marley Shelton, Valerie Harper, and everyone else does a terrific job. However, Spelling continues to disappoint me with her lack of talent and ability to capture the picture of a real actress. Bravo everyone!

The movie plays on and the viewers realize that Delvecchio will be put in her place for her actions. The ending vanishes kind of quick but quick enough to where it doesn't add unnecessary information about the characters and situation. By far, one of the best concepts and plots that could be brought to television. This film is a must see for anyone who may be suffering like Angela. Or maybe is the kind of person who acts and thinks like Stacy. Which ever character you may relate with, remember this: don't ever think that you're better than anyone else because you never know what your taste of medicine will be like.

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