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Death of A Cheerleader (1994)

A Friend to Die For (original title)
TV-PG | | Crime, Drama | TV Movie 26 September 1994
When popular and beautiful cheerleader Stacey is stabbed to death, who could have done it? It could have been asocial Goth girl Monica, it could've been angst-ridden Jill - or maybe it was the plain girl nobody suspected.


William A. Graham


Randall Sullivan (article), Randall Sullivan (story) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Kellie Martin ... Angela Delvecchio
Tori Spelling ... Stacy Lockwood
James Avery ... Agent Gilwood
Eugene Roche ... Priest
Andy Romano ... Joe Delvecchio
Margaret Langrick Margaret Langrick ... Jill Anderson
Marley Shelton ... Jamie Hall (as Marlee Shelton)
Kathryn Morris ... Monica Whitley
Terry O'Quinn ... Ed Saxe
Valerie Harper ... Mrs. Delvecchio
Christa Miller ... Terri
Brittney Powell ... Head Cheerleader
Tom O'Rourke ... Mr. Lockwood
Marnie Andrews Marnie Andrews ... Mrs. Lockwood
Jenna Leigh Green ... Meridith Ladd (as Jenna J. Leigh)


Angela Delvecchio for some reason transfers from a Catholic school to a public school in the same town. She proceeds to try to make friends with the most popular girl in school which leads to tragedy. Based on a true story. Written by Sue McCormick

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At high school, failure can be fatal. See more »


Crime | Drama


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Tori Spelling and Kellie Martin had previously co-starred in the 1989 film Troop Beverly Hills (1989). See more »


During the Larks initiation meeting, the way Stacy is sitting changes between shots. See more »


Judge: Well, with the exception of the taped confession, this whole case is circumstantial. Considering the evidence presented here, I must conclude that the prosecution has failed to prove its contention of premeditation. The evidence supports nothing more than the finding of murder in the second degree. I must further observe that we have a kind of "Alice in Wonderland" situation here. The juvenile code dictates a sentence of confinement to the age of 25. The degree - whether it's first or second - ...
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Remade as Death of a Cheerleader (2019) See more »

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One of the better "true stories" movies out there
28 June 2003 | by blue_moon83See all my reviews

I love "Death of a Cheerleader". I caught on TV shortly after it was made and really enjoyed it, but never video taped it and didn't see it again until very recently when I bought the DVD from Amazon.co.uk. I can't believe this movie got a DVD release (it's not even ever been on VHS!) but it deserves it because it's so good.

"Death of a Cheerleader" is about Angela, a high school student who's life goal is to 'be the best' in every possible way. She wants to become one of the 'cool' kids and join the 'in crowd'...she wants to become a member of the snotty, elite social club The Larks, she wants to be editor on the paper, she wants to be a cheerleader...she wants to be Stacy Lockwood. Stacy is everything Amanda isn't, rich, beautiful, popular...she's also a class A bitch and takes delight in constantly making cruel remarks to Monica, a goth girl who everything thinks is psycho and weird just because of how she looks.

Angela wants nothing more than to be Stacy's friend and tries to hang out with her crowd but they just snub her or make little jibes about her being poor...determind to become Stacy's friend, one night Angela tricks Stacy into going to a party with her, but once Stacy discovers neither Angela nor herself were properly invited, she changes her mind and yells at Angela to take her back home. In the end Stacy flips out and screams at Angela, telling her she's weird and a freak. Stacy walks off and finds her own way home, but later when she reaches her house Angela makes one last attempt, begging Stacy to be her friend. Stacy refuses and mocks and insults Angela. Angela, in a fit of rage, stabs Stacy to death with a knife.

Stacy dies, and there is a huge inquiry. Detectives question students, Larks, and all the people who knew Stacy. Everyone in school is pointing the blame towards Monica but eventually they learn who the real killer is and are completely shocked.

Over all, "Death of a Cheerleader" is a great movie. It has a strong script, and realisticly protrays how nasty school girls can be to each other without getting silly or going over the top. The acting from the two leading ladies, Kellie Martin (Angela) and Tori Spelling (Stacy) is amazing, they give brilliant performances. A must see movie!

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