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Shattered Innocence (1988)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 9 March 1988
A HS grad leaves behind her modest life and finds work in the Sex industry. It ends in disaster.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonna Lee ... Pauleen Anderson
... Sharon Anderson
... Mel Erman
... Cory Parker
... Lou Gates
Dennis Howard ... Del Anderson
... Danny Calloway
... Brad Pullman
... Nora (as Nadine Van Der Velde)
Randy Hamilton ... Vince
Peppi Sanders ... Vicki
Melissa Michaelsen ... Patricia
Neil Billingsley ... Don
... Chrissie
... Roy
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A HS grad leaves behind her modest life and finds work in the Sex industry. It ends in disaster.

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She's a good girl with a bad habit.

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9 March 1988 (USA)  »

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When Pauleen is in Lou Gates' office, one of his boxing poster reads Ben Frankel, a play to Lou's actor, Ben Frank. See more »

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In the film the lead has a fake ID stating she is 21 while she is only 19 but in 1983 the legal drinking age in the US was 19 and didn't change to 21 until 1985. See more »

Quotes

Danny: I want to put you into adult films.
Pauleen Anderson: Porno?
Danny: Crap is porno. I'm talking adult. I'm talking about written scripts, full-length feature films for home video and theater.
Pauleen Anderson: Hardcore?
Danny: You don't want to be a star?
Pauleen Anderson: Only sickos in porn shops see loops. On a movie screen? I've got family back in Kansas.
Danny: Does your family go to adult films?
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Featured in Frontline: Death of a Porn Queen (1987) See more »

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World Turning
by Fleetwood Mac
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Based on the life and death of Colleen Applegate
25 May 2008 | by See all my reviews

This 1988 made for t.v. movie was based on the life and ultimate suicide of Colleen Applegate, a young woman from Minnesota who went to Hollywood at the age of 18 with dreams of stardom, became a porn star under the name of "Shauna Grant" and then returned to her hometown two years later to be buried, a tragic suicide at the age of 20.

This movie is a fictionalized account of her life and death although apparently her parents did cooperate in the making of this film.

Jonna Lee portrays "Pauline Anderson", the fictionalized version of Colleen. She overacts at times, but otherwise does a competent job of portraying the innocence and then gradual freefall of a young girl who gets ensnared into the adult entertainment industry through cocaine and big money. Melinda Dillon portrays her mother, and does a good job of conveying her character's devastation and shame at her daughter's choice of career, and eventual destruction.

I think what gave this movie more poignancy to me was the fact that it was based on a true story, not just some hack writer's imagination working overtime. How many thousands of young girls go to Hollywood each year with the hopes of breaking into the movies, only to fall into porn, with devastating results? It's a chilling thought, and Colleen's suicide is a reminder of this.


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