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Survival of Dana (1979)

High school transfer student Dana moves to Los Angeles' suburban Valley district after her North Dakota parents get divorced.

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Jack Starrett

Writers:

Frank Norwood (teleplay), Tom Lazarus (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Melissa Sue Anderson ... Dana Lee
Robert Carradine ... Donny Davis
Marion Ross ... Madeline
Talia Balsam ... Rona
Michael Pataki ... Arnold
Kevin Breslin ... Skates
Judge Reinhold ... Bear
Dan Spector ... Anthony
Barbara Babcock ... Lorna Sims
Shelby Leverington ... Mrs. Blake
Dawn Jeffory ... Joanie
Trent Dolan Trent Dolan ... Coach Tanner
Scott McGinnis ... Paul
Gary Carlos Cervantes ... Big (as Gary Cervantes)
Paul Hampton ... Bill Snyder
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High school transfer student Dana moves to Los Angeles' suburban Valley district after her North Dakota parents get divorced.

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A tough crowd for a tender girl. See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 May 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

On the Edge: The Survival of Dana See more »

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Production Co:

EMI Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Anderson's first notable leading role outside of her "Prairie" girl image to that of modern day teen who moved away from a town (Fargo, N.D.) like LHOTP's to the big city. See more »

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Potentially good teenage drama is a shamingly wasted effort.
3 April 1999 | by emmSee all my reviews

I get the feeling now and then of having to stay up wide awake late at night, watching these forgotten little movies. SURVIVAL OF DANA is noted for Judge "VICE VERSA" Reinhold's first movie appearance. That doesn't mean anything, because what this little lost made-for-TV movie tells is the story of a girl named Dana, who wants to make the figure skating team. Things suddenly go downhill for Dana, and the movie to go along with it. Without keeping up with the point of the story, it becomes ordinary juvenile delinquent fodder. I'm sitting through some events deemed too unnecessary, just to find an ending that would solve all of its problems. It may call for some reliable entertainment during the sleepless hours, but all it needed was some sticking to the point on Dana. A reasonable acting job is a crying shame for a potentially good effort thrown into the wastebasket. I can't blame a single soul who is looking for late-night matinees on a tight budget, but this'll do. Any movie with a well-known actor's debut is right on the money during a clearance sale. After that, you wished you hadn't felt so disappointed.


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