Lifestories: Families in Crisis: Season 1, Episode 7

Dead Drunk: The Kevin Tunell Story (1993)

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For Kevin Tunell, life is one big party. The party ends when he decides to drive drunk, and ends up killing Maggie Glendon. He is brought before the judge, where he is given the usual ... See full summary »

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Kevin Tunell
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Beth
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Maggie Glendon
Doris Belack ...
Judge Ruth Cohen
Jack Gilpin ...
Jim Remy
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Cedall
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Police Officer Collins
Kevin J. Tunell ...
Himself (as Kevin Tunell)
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Mrs. Glendon
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For Kevin Tunell, life is one big party. The party ends when he decides to drive drunk, and ends up killing Maggie Glendon. He is brought before the judge, where he is given the usual punishment for drunk drivers, but the Glendon's attorney has a very unique idea to make it sink in that he killed their daughter. Her idea is to for Kevin to send the Glendon's one dollar a week for the next eighteen years (which is how old Maggie was before she was killed). Kevin goes along with it, but finds it hard to keep up with the punishment. Written by Pat McCurry

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The real story about Kevin Tunnell took place in northern Virginia, outside Washington, DC, on New Year's Eve 1982. See more »

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compelling, with a terrific performance by Rockwell
5 June 2001 | by (Spokane, WA) – See all my reviews

Part of HBO's fascinating series, "Lifestories: Families in Crisis". Sam Rockwell shines as Kevin Tunnell, a young man who one night makes a terrible mistake, drunkenly plowing his car head-on into another car being driven by a teenage girl, and killing her. Haunted by his mistake, racked by guilt, he tries to continue living his life but soon discovers that his pain will never truly go away. I like this series because it tells brutal, honest stories about real life problems (addiction, abuse, gangs) that young people face without being preachy or condescending, and without any soapy feel-good endings. Dead Drunk and other episodes in the series tell their stories and let the viewer take what he/she will from the viewing experience.

And this one is worth watching, especially to see Sam Rockwell- who has recently found fame in movies like Galaxy Quest, The Green Mile and Charlie's Angels- give one of his earliest, and best to date performances.


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