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Already by reading the title "Fighting For My Daughter" I had my doubts
about this movie. I feared this would be one of those mellow
tearjerkers. You know, the kind of movies with the label 'true story'
on it, showing you how miserable someone's life once was, but how it
all got better thanks to the help of some friends, family, God ... or I
don't know who else. And once again my hunch was right.
This time it is about a 16 year old girl who lives with her mother and younger brother. Her mom doesn't have much time for her because she tries to manage her own computer firm and dad is nowhere to be seen. She isn't very popular at school, but than she meets Eric at a party. Eric is a very nice, innocent looking guy. He seems to be the perfect son-in-law every mother would dream of, but he also has a dark side. He's a pimp and even though he says he doesn't want his girlfriend to prostitute herself, he'll gradually brainwash her and direct her into a job as a streetwalker.
In every way this is a typical TV-movie. It's full of stereotypes (it shows a lot of drama, but in the end everything gets better again) and the story is predictable and ridiculous and sometimes even laughable (for instance when mom and her friend go on the streets, "disguised" as prostitutes, to find her daughter and then get arrested). The acting is far from good, but that's exactly what I expected (what else to expect from actors who only play in this kind of movies). Even the message at the end of the movie that she has taken up her life again and that her mom gave up her job to help people who want to quit prostitution isn't missing.
I really can't recommend this movie to anyone, especially not to parents of teenage daughters who get easily worried. They might think this kind of stuff happens every day, but I really can't imagine that it does. I give it a 4/10. I really can't think of any reason why I should watch this movie ever again.
I caught this little gem of a movie early Saturday morning and was very
glad I did. The whole "Pimp and Ho" shtick has been parodied to the
point that we've almost forgotten what we're parodying. This movie sets
the tone for the ugly, messy underground of Pimps, Street Walkers and
strained families. There's no punches pulled as Lindsay Wagners'
daughter is sucked into the underground and slowly turned to
I really enjoyed this. I'm surprised that only negative comments were listed on this page. I recommend this for everyone, especially for parents of young daughters.
On a side note, I think Lindsay Wagner is a very sexy woman even now into her 60s (although this movie has an unsexy tone).
Lindsay Wagner is Kate Kerner, a Washington computer programmer whose 16
year old daughter Jesse (Renee Humphrey) is `turned out' ie seduced into
life of a prostitute with the help of pimps Eric Lambert (Chad Lowe) and
Russell (Kurt Baltz).
Kate has copper-red long hair which looks simply awful on Wagner, who wears a wig of grey-blonde color when she poses as a prostitute to get information on Jesse's whereabouts. Although inclined to utilise a hair flicking mannerism, Wagner's best moments are when parodying the misogynistic lyrics of rap music, arguing with a disinterested prostitute when showing her Jesse's picture, the Bionic smashing open of a door with a fire extinguisher, and the confrontation with Jesse which makes her leave home. In the latter Wagner's face slapping is unconvincing, but she intones `He is using you' and in reaction to Jesse's I don't want your help `Well, you don't have a choice' with force, and supplies a jittery broken reaction to Jesse's exit.
The teleplay by Eric Blakeney, based on a true story, presents Kate as a weak mother who is too lenient with Jesse, as a reaction to the conservatism of her own mother Edna Burton (Piper Laurie) who is a Judge! Perhaps the red hair is supposed to be a remnant of Kate's rebelliousness, since she is a former biker's moll, and abandoned mother. Although given that the context makes Jesse's unhappiness seem relatively inexplicable, Blakeney does provide a funny phrase in `the ferocity of a butterfly'.
Director Peter Levin doesn't make Wagner's transformation into a prostitute funny, the way he does her friend Peggy (Deirdre O'Connell), and he cuts away from Wagner's telling off a `don't-give-a-crap-attitude' cop which reads as over-reaction anyway.
It's Hard for me to Vote, This Lady is My Auntie Anne and Cousin Mel.
While Anne was doing what she could for Mel, I was Suffering the Hard
Life on the Streets too in another town searching for them not knowing
anything of this was going on, I had asked my Uncle many times where
she was because i wanted help but he kept it a secret. Mel's Dad is my
Father's Brother. Mel and I were abused from him, I am the Eire of the
Family who holds all the Dark Secrets. Nothing turned out Good for
either of them, I am the Only good Story that happened in this Family
and No one has gave me credit for it, so it sickens me she , profited
off a movie , when she toke up escorting as a career under the table
all this time forward. If you seen his Lady, the Acting lady is
beautiful compared to my aunt. She looks like a Junkie, Funny thing is,
Anne was also my mother's best friend in High School and that's how us
cousins ended up with Screwed up Lives.
Only thing is, I am Clean and always have been since my first kid and she just recently turned 16 and is becoming a R.C.M.P Officer. I am now almost tempted to reveal the truth with the truth,the Golden Ending, is I survived this family hell, not them. And the Movie to me feels like a fraud after I know the Truth.
For the record , the daughter never survived anything into to good. she was just released for murdering her friends a few years back now, after I finally found her, and she said she didn't want to help reveal the truth of the abuse. But that's OK, My book will tell all the truth.
Want a tear jerker, Make sequel 2 with me and my kids and Feel good about the tear. Not a Shitty, BS. waste of time. A feel good movie and like someone made a difference to society or even the courage to control and raise Children with normal and proper morals. There was nothing Normal about the DION Family, But a Constant A&E Crime Story that never ended, making your Cry into your pillow every night.
AKA - Does Anyone know How I can Contact the Actually Director for this Movie Since I have Rights to it, for Educational Reasons for High School. And yes it seemed very Choppy.. If you want answer, I can answer. If you want to know the truth, Ask me. But don't write what you assume. It is sad but they just picked the wrong Dion for a good Movie - for the right tear jerker. I'd like to know How they even found her back then to do it ?
I interned at Longbow Productions in 1994 while they were making this film during the first semester of my third year at the University of Southern California. I was a Journalism major with a Cinema-TV emphasis so I decided to write my Investigative Reporting final piece on the process I witnessed take place. The film was based on the true life experience of a woman who had sold the rights of her story to Longbow only to grow severely disillusioned. Ann Dion (Lindsay Wagner's character) was a Canadian mother who had weathered the mean urban streets to rescue her daughter from a life in prostitution after the girl ran away. As the story was tweaked and twisted around to placate the whims of Hollywood executives, Dion felt her POV was being compromised. The producers justified their actions by underlining their obligation to make the less desirable (or attractive)characters palatable to American audiences while sending an educational message about the pitfalls of teenage delinquency at the same time. In reality, the pimp who hustled Dion's real life daughter into the sex trade was a black man but NBC Standards & Practices felt that Chad Lowe would be more appropriate in the role because he was white. The network was leery of stereotyping black people as indicative of a crime laden culture by using a black actor. They were bound by political correctness and the possibility of public outcry. The film ultimately resulted in coming off a little preachy when they added an additional public service announcement voiced by Lindsay Wagner who warned parents about how to look out for signs their daughter may be playing hooky to be a hooker. Ann Dion said she felt as if she herself had been pimped out after her story was "sold out from under her." The film added a disclaimer, "based on a true story", to absolve themselves of having to account for changing what Dion felt were pertinent details about her own life to satisfy audiences.
Too bad it wasn't based on a credible or well-written script! This
isn't even good enough to be a bad Law and Order Special Victims Unit
episode and isn't close enough to credibility to be "ripped" from
Lindsay Wagner is all over the place as Jessie's mother, Kate; the ingénue playing Jessie would be poor even by soap opera standards. She is almost laughable delivering her lines. Chad Lowe who has all of his scenes with Jessie brings out the worst in her. In fact, he gives his worst performance to-date (and that's saying volumes) as a wannabe pimp named Eric.
In contrast, Piper Laurie does what she can as Kate's mother, a judge - in very sense of the word. The actress playing Kate's best friend actually gives the film its best moments. The actor playing major-league pimp Russell was good enough to do so on a prime-time soap opera. The American Graffiti style happy ending hammers the final unbelievable nail into this typical women-as-victims-made-for-Lifetime exercise in wasting time.
What a bad-acted film!! The subject was well-chosen but the setting of the story was so bad!!! There are lots of movies like this one...and most of them are bad. Unknown director with unknown actors...I know very well that every known actor has been unknown during years...but the Fighting for My Daughter's actors will always be unknown...Instead of watching this one, just watch Sleepers. It is much better and the director and the actors are good and well known. I give it *out of *****.
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