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Deadly Nightshade (1995)

Fighting for My Daughter (original title)
Charming working class boy Eric is moving up by pimping in Martin Duvall's nightclub. He falls in love with naive Jessica 'Jesse' Kerner, who enjoys the luxury life and doesn't have to do a... See full summary »

Director:

Peter Levin

Writer:

Eric Blakeney
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lindsay Wagner ... Kate Kerner
Piper Laurie ... Judge Edna Burton
Chad Lowe ... Eric
Kirk Baltz ... Russell
Deirdre O'Connell ... Peggy
Paul Lieber ... Martin
Deanna Milligan ... Tracy Simmons
Renée Humphrey ... Jessie
Christopher Gray Christopher Gray ... Danny
Enuka Okuma ... Ronnie (as Enuka Vanessa Okuma)
Jennifer Copping ... Gina
Lisha Snelgrove Lisha Snelgrove ... Sheila
Kevin McNulty ... Sergeant Burnett
Richard Leacock ... Dominic
Denalda Williams Denalda Williams ... Nina
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Charming working class boy Eric is moving up by pimping in Martin Duvall's nightclub. He falls in love with naive Jessica 'Jesse' Kerner, who enjoys the luxury life and doesn't have to do a thing. Still Jesse's single mother Katherine 'Kate' Kerner, who always was permissive to avoid resembling her own strict mother, judge Edna Burton, mistrusts Eric. Her bugging ends up driving Jesse in the arms of hard pimp Russell, who hides her. Kate goes looking, but the police sees no crime, so Edna's help is now wanted. Written by KGF Vissers

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She lost her little girl to a world of prostitution. Now she'll stop at nothing to bring her home.

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The true story happened in Canada in 1992. That's when Anne Dion's daughter was seduced by her pimp to become a prostitute. Anne actually walked the streets looking for her daughter, and in the process, she tried to save other children. See more »

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Based on a true story...
5 February 2006 | by aprilindeeceeSee all my reviews

Too bad it wasn't based on a credible or well-written script! This isn't even good enough to be a bad Law and Order Special Victims Unit episode and isn't close enough to credibility to be "ripped" from today's headlines.

Lindsay Wagner is all over the place as Jessie's mother, Kate; the ingénue playing Jessie would be poor even by soap opera standards. She is almost laughable delivering her lines. Chad Lowe who has all of his scenes with Jessie brings out the worst in her. In fact, he gives his worst performance to-date (and that's saying volumes) as a wannabe pimp named Eric.

In contrast, Piper Laurie does what she can as Kate's mother, a judge - in very sense of the word. The actress playing Kate's best friend actually gives the film its best moments. The actor playing major-league pimp Russell was good enough to do so on a prime-time soap opera. The American Graffiti style happy ending hammers the final unbelievable nail into this typical women-as-victims-made-for-Lifetime exercise in wasting time.


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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 January 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Deadly Nightshade See more »

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Dolby

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1.33 : 1
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