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The Accident: A Moment of Truth Movie (1997)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  15 September 1997 (USA)
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Lizzie and Janie are best friends, bonded like sisters, who share many things in common: crushes, gossip, and a taste for liquor. Although they manage to sneak alcohol at home and in ... See full summary »

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Val Williams
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Ray Williams
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Nancy Palmer
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Mrs. Novak
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Kate Jenkins
Marisa Rudiak ...
Janie Palmer
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Lizzie
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Meg Williams
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Ben
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Dr. Larson
Lindsay Bourne ...
Principal Kelly
Deryl Hayes ...
Detective Pogue
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Lizzie and Janie are best friends, bonded like sisters, who share many things in common: crushes, gossip, and a taste for liquor. Although they manage to sneak alcohol at home and in waterbottles at school, they never get caught. One night, while at a pre-graduation party, Lizzie, Janie, and their friend Kate get completely drunk, and Lizzie decides to drive Janie home. While blasting the music in the car, with rain pounding on the windshield, Lizzie crashes the car. She escapes with a concussion, but Janie isn't so lucky - she dies in the twisted metal. What happens is a depiction of the aftermath of tragedy, and the recovery process of an alcoholic. Gruesome dramatization of a horrific car accident, and depiction of a DWI trial. Written by Allison L. Venezio <YankeeSNL01@aol.com>

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Lizzie Williams: How many different ways do I have to tell you that you and I are not friends anymore?
Kate Jenkins: Just give me your keys. I mean you shouldn't have driven here in the first place.
Lizzie Williams: Why don't you turn me in? You're good at that!
Kate Jenkins: Just give me your keys. I am not gonna let another firend die.
Lizzie Williams: I am not your friend. Remember?
Kate Jenkins: I don't care! You have to give me your keys.
Lizzie Williams: I just hate you!
Kate Jenkins: Lizzie!
Lizzie Williams: I never want to see you again! OK?
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Well-directed message movie...
16 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

well-written and effective, this LMN addition is worth a view, especially by any teens and parents concerned about drinking and driving. The message: it only takes one mistake to destroy a life. Many lives are affected, not just the victim, his/her family, but EVERYONE.

Kate and Lizzie (well-portrayed by Deanna Milligan and Bonnie Root) are celebrating high school graduation with their friend Janie.

At first it seems harmless, socializing, having a few drinks, they have their freedom and can go out and party. In one scene they are pulled over by a cop, were drunk, but get away with it. They drive to parties, enjoying their senior year.

One night as Lizzie is driving them home, she incurs a tragic accident her friend Janie dies, and her life is altered forever.

Bonnie Root is excellent as Lizzie, who becomes suicidal, self-hating and in despair. Her parents attempt to help her, but she at first refuses treatment. She continues to drink and drive, and at one point knocks a child off his bicycle. In court she is sentenced to probation; unintentional vehicular manslaughter.

This film addresses the fall-out and complicated issues of alcoholism/binge drinking. More than 50,000 teens per year are involved in alcohol related accidents, many fatal. However, the film does not just preach, it shows the frustrations of Lizzie's parents, Lizzie's own issues, and why she chooses to drink, and how the victims family is forever affected as well. Very well-presented. 8/10.


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