7.0/10
33
3 user 1 critic

A Last Cry for Help (1979)

Unrated | | Drama | TV Movie 19 January 1979
Sharon appears to be a normal 17-year-old girl with good grades, many friends, and a wonderful personality--and a home life constrained by her parents' pressures on and expectations for her... See full summary »

Director:

Hal Sitowitz

Writer:

Hal Sitowitz
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

More Like This 

Little Ladies of the Night (TV Movie 1977)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The sister of ex-pimp and current Los Angeles Police detective Kyle York was murdered working the streets a few years ago. Since his reform, he has teamed with Officer Russ Garfield to ... See full summary »

Director: Marvin J. Chomsky
Stars: David Soul, Louis Gossett Jr., Linda Purl
Yesterday's Child (TV Movie 1977)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A young couple's three-year-old daughter is kidnapped and no trace is ever found of her. Fourteen years later, a young woman claiming to be that girl shows up at the parents' house.

Directors: Corey Allen, Bob Rosenbaum, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Shirley Jones, Ross Martin, Claude Akins
Who'll Save Our Children? (TV Movie 1978)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A childless couple provide shelter for a pair of homeless children. When they try to adopt them the natural parents appear leading to the inevitable court battle.

Director: George Schaefer
Stars: Shirley Jones, Len Cariou, Cassie Yates
Like Normal People (TV Movie 1979)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A mentally-challenged man and woman meet, fall in love and are determined to get married, despite the initial objections of their families and friends. Based on a true story.

Director: Harvey Hart
Stars: Shaun Cassidy, Linda Purl, Zalman King
A Bunny's Tale (TV Movie 1985)
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A dramatization of Gloria Steinem's undercover investigation of the working conditions Bunnies faced at the Playboy Clubs.

Director: Karen Arthur
Stars: Kirstie Alley, Cotter Smith, Deborah Van Valkenburgh
Zuma Beach (TV Movie 1978)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A fading rock singer goes to the beach to get away from it all and winds up getting involved in the lives of the teenage beachgoers.

Director: Lee H. Katzin
Stars: Suzanne Somers, Steven Keats, Mark Wheeler
The Children of An Lac (TV Movie 1980)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Based on the true story of film actress Ina Balin and her efforts with American Red Cross volunteer Betty Tisdale (Shirley Jones) as well as a compassionate Vietnamese woman running a ... See full summary »

Director: John Llewellyn Moxey
Stars: Shirley Jones, Ina Balin, Beulah Quo
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A disturbed,institutionalized 16-year-old girl struggles between fantasy and reality.

Director: Anthony Page
Stars: Bibi Andersson, Kathleen Quinlan, Ben Piazza
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A young girl develops an eating disorder and begins puking up food and starving herself. Her parents, angry and desperate, send her to a hospital where unfortunately she befriends a patient who convinces her to hide her illness on purpose.

Director: Sam O'Steen
Stars: Charles Durning, Eva Marie Saint, Jennifer Jason Leigh
Silent Night, Lonely Night (TV Movie 1969)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Over the Christmas holidays in a small New England college town, a man and a woman share a brief interlude. He is there to visit his wife, who is a mental patient at the university, and she... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Petrie
Stars: Lloyd Bridges, Shirley Jones, Lynn Carlin
There Were Times, Dear (TV Movie 1985)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Bob and Susanne Millard deal with the onset of Bob's Alzheimer's disease.

Director: Nancy Malone
Stars: Shirley Jones, Len Cariou, Cindy Eilbacher
Charlie (TV Movie 1989)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Failed series pilot about a recent widow who finds her world turned upside down when she has to take over her husband's bail bonds business.

Director: Jack Bender
Stars: Shirley Jones, Ned Eisenberg, Melody Rogers
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Linda Purl ... Sharon Muir
Shirley Jones ... Joan Muir
Tony Lo Bianco ... Dr. Ben Abbot
Murray Hamilton ... Ralph Muir
Grant Goodeve ... Jeff Burgess
Karen Lamm Karen Lamm ... Connie
Morgan Woodward ... Mr. Burgess
Robin Strand Robin Strand ... Budd
Cindy Eilbacher ... Sandy
Delta Burke ... Carol
Renee Brown Renee Brown ... Willie
Charles Lucia ... Peter (as Chip Lucia)
Candida Mobley Candida Mobley ... Kathy (as Candy Mobley)
Stacey Kuhne-Adams Stacey Kuhne-Adams ... Mandy (as Stacey Kuhne)
Melissa Sherman Melissa Sherman ... Jessie
Edit

Storyline

Sharon appears to be a normal 17-year-old girl with good grades, many friends, and a wonderful personality--and a home life constrained by her parents' pressures on and expectations for her. As she slowly spirals downward, her parents hardly notice except for her mother once telling her she has no business being unhappy. Finally she gulps down a bottle of sleeping pills. She is found and saved, but for how long? Written by Fryingham

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

suicide | See All (1) »

Taglines:

Sharon cries out for strength. For hope. For love.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Unrated
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Último Apelo See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Linda Purl received several letters from suicidal teenagers informing her that this TV movie dissuaded them from committing suicide. Moreover, Purl talked to various counselors, survivors, and parents who had lost their children to suicide as research for her character. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

RECENT ON YTUBE, please be uplifted, not saddened by my review:)
2 September 2017 | by paulrjacobsSee all my reviews

I lost my son to suicide last year and I have finally come to terms with it in my mind. I am bi-polar as well and I had a mother who wouldn't tolerate a depressed 15 year old kid in 1980...wow, this is going to be a throwback. I believe everything happens in a synchronous timeline, even death.I downloaded this from TOASTnJAM 's youtube channel not knowing what is was about, I just enjoy old TV movies on occasion.

I just came out of a two week clinical depression. I seem to grieve losing my son like he just passed away during those cycles. If there is any silver lining to living with bi-polar it's that over time we learn to distinguish circumstantial depression from clinical depression.Knowing the difference can save your life because then you can get properly medicated. It is nice when you can find something that works. Sadly, as the person in my son's life who caught him when he became withdrawn, I was taking an improperly low dosage of my medication, lamotragine, and I too was very withdrawn that week. We were both laughing, being normal as could be not days before. After going up on my dosage of my prescribed lamotragine and dropping welbutrin completely(ugh what a horrible drug!), the day before my son's memorial service I felt the distinctly chronically agonizingly dark clinical depression lift and go away. I was still in shock and dealing with the circumstantial grief and depression of his death, yet my bi-polar clinical depression subsided. If my mother were still alive I'd say, " Mother, THAT is the difference!".

Losing my only child of 21yrs. 10mo., my only son, and having raised him by myself since he was 17mo. old...I assure you, the pain of grief and depression do lift, but if for ANY REASON you are suicidal, get help NOW! My son called a local mental heath clinic. Instead of seeing EVERY NEW DEPRESSED PATIENT THE SAME OR NEXT DAY, LIKE SHOULD BE A FEDERAL LAW, they gave him an appointment for 10 days away. That was too late. Listen, if they call it means they are serious!! Do get help NOW if you are suicidal, don't wait. And don't drink alcohol or self medicate, and don't be alone. People do care, including YOU. HELP YOU LIVE.


3 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 3 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed