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Desperate for Love (1989)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | TV Movie 17 January 1989
The story of murder among a trio of teenagers after a boy breaks up with a girl and she runs into the arms of his vulnerable best friend.

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Michael Tuchner
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christian Slater ... Cliff Petrie
Tammy Lauren ... Lily Becker
Brian Bloom ... Alex Cutler
Veronica Cartwright ... Betty Petrie
Scott Paulin ... Merl Becker
Arthur Rosenberg Arthur Rosenberg ... Buck Cameron
Amy O'Neill ... Cindy
Lulee Fisher Lulee Fisher ... Sue Becker
Michael Flynn ... Ed Cutler
Billy Vera Billy Vera ... Bennett Gates
David Dwyer ... Deke
Rebecca Wackler ... Margaret
Peter Thomasson Peter Thomasson ... Lambert
Keith Noble Keith Noble ... Randy
Benji Wilhoite Benji Wilhoite ... Darryl
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The story of murder among a trio of teenagers after a boy breaks up with a girl and she runs into the arms of his vulnerable best friend.

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murder | love triangle | See All (2) »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Desperate for Love See more »

Filming Locations:

Georgia, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Randall Franks, already a recurring Grand Ole Opry guest star when this movie was filmed, appeared as part of the choir and taught Billy Vera some of the conducting gestures he used in the film. See more »

Goofs

As Cliff gets out of bed to answer Lily's late-night phone call, the boom mic can be seen moving closer to the doorway. See more »

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Hold on Loosely
Written by Don Barnes, Jeff Carlisi and Jim Peterik
Performed by 38 Special
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Desperate for entertainment. (spoilers)
16 November 2005 | by vertigo_14See all my reviews

Good lord, what a terribly boring made-for-TV movie this was! I assume that all of the good reviews (of what few reviews their are to begin with) are from those who's nostalgic overload clouded good judgment because this certainly isn't anything I'd recommend to anyone was looking for entertainment.

Based on a true story, Christian Slater, Brian Bloom, and Tammy Lauren play three high school friends in rural Georgia. Bloom plays the pretty boy jock who's chances of moving out of the Georgia town are high since college prospects come naturally to a football talent. Slater is socially inept and isn't likely to go anywhere. Like his dad, he assumes that people expect his only mobility beyond their town will be the state pen. And Lauren plays a naive teen who is desperate for the attention of Bloom's character. We've seen this a billion times before (Promised Land was one of the more depressing versions, and mostly told as an outcome of this narrative).

So, Bloom's parents don't like Lauren's crazy father and forbid him from seeing her, which I suppose is fine with him since she won't stop nagging him about getting married. Meanwhile, Slater doesn't think that Bloom's character treats the girl (who he is secretly infatuated with) right and yada...yada...yada...you can figure out what he's on trial for murder (this being told in flashback format).

Unfortunately, the characters are a bunch of self-important whino's, especially Lauren and Slater's characters. And characters like that evoke little empathy in a story where they may be misunderstood kids or whatever, so then what's the point? There is nothing remotely interesting, and very little social commentary to at least accompany the events. Sure, I got lured into it because it was a late 80s Slater and Bloom team-up, but you'd be wise to avoid the eighty minutes or so of boredom and take my advice--skip it.


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