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A Friend to Die For (1994)

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.

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William A. Graham

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

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)
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Death Of A Cheerleader See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Jenna Leigh Green's TV debut. See more »

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

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[after the news on Stacy's death and describing her killer]
Angela Delvecchio: [in disbelief] I'm a teenage girl with shoulder-length hair and we have a Nova.
Jill: [chuckles] Don't be ridiculous, Angie, nobody's gonna suspect you. You're, like, the nicest girl in Santa Mira.
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References The Addams Family (1964) See more »

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Well acted and an important message
16 June 2005 | by alliesmom97See all my reviews

"A Friend to Die For" was a very good TV movie. Based on a true story, it tells the story of a young girl who murders a more popular classmate.

Both the young leads did a great job in their roles. The story opens with the actual murder and then launches into the story surrounding it. So effective in her role as the bitchy Stacy is the always attractive Tori Spelling that you almost start to lose sympathy for her as a victim as the movie progresses. It's a big change for her from her role as the sweet, perky Doanna Martin on 90210. Kellie Martin, who is both beautiful and talented, does an equally awesome job as Angela; she is a little too shy, a little too poor and WAY too eager to fit in with the "right" crowd. As wrong as her actions were, you find yourself sympathizing with her. Although she handled her anger and hurt in a very wrong way, the emotions brought on by her treatment at the hands of Stacy (which was also wrong) were real and understandable. By the end of the movie I found myself feeling sad for everyone involved and thinking how different things could have and should have been. IT makes you wonder what went wrong with these two girls that Stacy had no respect for those different or less popular than herself and that Angela felt so badly about herself that she needed Stacy's friendship and approval to feel worthwhile.

A little research will provide you with some interesting information on the actual case. I found it very telling that a friend of the "real" Stacy (Kirsten Costas) dismissed any suggestions that Kristen and her crowd were mean-spirited bullies with the comment "She was only mean to people she didn't care about." How sad that young people today have the attitude that it is OK to mistreat people you don't like. While Kirsten didn't deserve to die and the hands of Bernadette Protti (the "real" Angela), her superior "I am better than you and therefore I shall make you an object of my amusement" attitude is far too prevalent today.


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