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A Reason to Believe (1995)

R | | Drama | 27 October 1995 (USA)
A popular girl on campus, Charlotte, attends a wild party while her boyfriend Wesley is out of town. When she realizes she has become too drunk, she leaves the party. But Jim, who she ... See full summary »


Douglas Tirola


Douglas Tirola




Cast overview, first billed only:
Jay Underwood ... Jim Curran
Allison Smith ... Charlotte Byrne
Danny Quinn ... Wesley
Georgia Emelin ... Linda Perryman
Kim Walker ... Judith
Keith Coogan ... Potto
Christopher Birt Christopher Birt ... Gary
Lisa Lawrence Lisa Lawrence ... Alison
Obba Babatundé ... Prof. Thurman
Mark Metcalf ... Dean Kirby
Robin Riker ... Constance
Holly Marie Combs ... Sharon
Afton Smith ... Becky
Joe Flanigan ... Eric Sayles
David Overlund David Overlund ... Freddy


A popular girl on campus, Charlotte, attends a wild party while her boyfriend Wesley is out of town. When she realizes she has become too drunk, she leaves the party. But Jim, who she danced with at the party soon joins her and she becomes forced into a sexual encounter. Feeling ashamed and self-blame, it is difficult for her to find the courage to speak out. When she does, many of her friends do not believe her. Meanwhile, Jim honestly does not think what happened that night was rape. But as members of his own fraternity and campus feminist groups begin to unpiece the grey areas, the ensuing experience challenges the trust and friendship of college students who thought they would be friends forever. Written by <cfskip@aol.com>

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Sometimes the people you know the best are the ones you can trust the least.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality and language, substance abuse and a rape | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


During a sex scene involving Sharon, she can be seen putting a condom on what is clearly a prop of some sort (piece of wood, possibly). This error is only visible in some prints of the film including the full-screen VHS version. Other prints crop this out. See more »

Alternate Versions

Different prints handle the Holly Marie Combs sex scene differently. In one version, Combs can be seen putting a condom on the character she's about to have sex with. In another version, the frame is cropped so that you cannot see what her hands are doing. (For the record, she is actually putting the condom on either a banana or a piece of wood.) See more »

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Underrated and engrossing
20 April 2005 | by SnoopymicheleSee all my reviews

I first saw this movie years ago, and finally have gotten a chance to own it on DVD. It is one of the most realistic movies about college and the relationships and alliances formed there. The performances of Allison Smith, Danny Quinn,Keith Coogan and Jay Underwood are low-keyed and very natural. They seem to really understand their characters and avoid over-acting. The movie was shot on a shoe-string budget, but never looks that way. As far as Indie movies, it is top of the line. The music is phenomenal, the scenery is gorgeous, and the movie flows very well despite being directed by a novice. The story is engrossing, and you find yourself immersed in what Charlotte is going through. Ironically enough, Mark Metcalf ("Niedermier" from Animal House) plays the Dean. Gotta love it!

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Release Date:

27 October 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Abuso o violación See more »

Filming Locations:

Cincinnati, Ohio, USA See more »

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2.35 : 1
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