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Desperate Lives (1982)

A brother and sister get caught up in the drug scene in their local high school, with tragic results.

Director:

Robert Michael Lewis (as Robert Lewis)

Writer:

Lew Hunter
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Diana Scarwid ... Eileen Phillips
Doug McKeon ... Scott Cameron
Helen Hunt ... Sandy Cameron
William Windom ... Dr. Jarvis
Art Hindle ... Stan
Tom Atkins ... John Cameron
Norman Alden ... Coach
Tricia Cast Tricia Cast ... Susan Garber
Sam Bottoms ... Ken Baynes
Diane Ladd ... Carol Cameron
Michele Greene ... Julie Jordan
Terry Alexander ... Robert Walsh
Joyce Brothers ... Mrs. Watson (as Dr. Joyce Brothers)
Aggie Terry Aggie Terry ... Cindy
Katherine Kelly Lang ... Mary
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A brother and sister get caught up in the drug scene in their local high school, with tragic results.

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Who's killing young kids with drugs and crime?

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Drama

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The drugs Steve gives Sandy to snort move from his pinkie to his index finger and back between shots. See more »

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Desperate Lives (Title Song)
Written and Sung by Rick Springfield
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powerful and unforgettable
29 September 2001 | by dtucker86See all my reviews

Television movies about "addictions and diseases of the Week" are a dime a dozen. This one is different. It is the best movie I have ever seen about teenage drug abuse in our schools because it is realistic and unsentimental in its depiction. Not to give it away, but the fact it doesn't have a pleasant ending makes it even more powerful. Diana Scarwid is excellent as the caring young teacher who stands up when no one else will. Her monologue to the students and parents at the end should have gotten her an Emmy. Even though this film was made almost twenty years ago, it hasn't aged and is still as powerful today as it was in 1982. I think all kids who are tempted by drugs need to watch it with their parents.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Angel Dust See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

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1.33 : 1
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