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Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway (1976)

15 year old Dawn runs away from what she feels is an intolerable home life. In the big city, she ends up turning to prostitution when she is unable to get a job due to her age. Life at home... See full summary »

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Randal Kleiser

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Dalene Young
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eve Plumb ... Dawn Wetherby
Leigh McCloskey ... Alexander Duncan (as Leigh J. McCloskey)
Lynn Carlin ... Dawn's Mother
William Schallert ... Harry
Anne Seymour ... Counterwoman
Joan Prather ... Susie
Marguerite DeLain Marguerite DeLain ... Frankie Lee
Bo Hopkins ... Swan
Georg Stanford Brown ... Donald Umber
David Knapp David Knapp ... Doctor Roberts
Stephanie Burchfield Stephanie Burchfield ... Randy
Diane Sommerfield Diane Sommerfield
Kaaren Ragland Kaaren Ragland ... Melba
Anne Ramsey ... Librarian
Paul Bryar ... Counterman
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Storyline

15 year old Dawn runs away from what she feels is an intolerable home life. In the big city, she ends up turning to prostitution when she is unable to get a job due to her age. Life at home was never this bad. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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The Startling NBC-TV Drama That Shocked the Nation

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 September 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Egy szökött tinédzser See more »

Filming Locations:

Tucson, Arizona, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The actress portraying Frankie Lee is 33 years old while her character is only 17. See more »

Goofs

When Frankie Lee follows Dawn out of the restaurant it's daylight. A few seconds later in the vestibule of the store, lights reflect off of the windows and when Frankie Lee goes to the trick's car it's dark. See more »

Quotes

Dawn Wetherby: Please don't be mad at me. I can't go back empty handed. Swan would kill me!
Alexander: Then don't go back!
Dawn Wetherby: How?
Alexander: There's got to be a way!
Dawn Wetherby: There is no other way. This is it.
[pause]
Dawn Wetherby: [glumly] I don't care anymore. It was so meaningless. I felt nothing. I just stared at the ceiling and became a woman. What a hype!
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Connections

References Dog Day Afternoon (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Amblin'
(uncredited)
Written by Michael Lloyd
Performed by Shaun Cassidy
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Delicious Piece of Trash
1 February 2001 | by noahaxSee all my reviews

I have to admit, I'm rather shocked by the other comments left for this movie. I watched it on video last night, and greatly enjoyed it, but it's by no means a "great film."

Eve Plumb's acting is truly atrocious. I never really paid attention to her acting on the Brady Bunch, but she's absolutely wretched in this movie, (in an oh-so-enjoyable way.) The dialogue is also hilariously bad. And, any movie that has a midget in the opening few minutes is a winner in my book.

Yes, this is definitely a camp classic. Worth seeking out for fans of bad movies.


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