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The Accident: A Moment of Truth Movie (1997)

A preppy teenage girl from Seattle finds her life falling apart after she kills her best friend in a car accident by driving drunk. In spite of the tragedy, she continues to drink alcohol and hide it from her parents.


Chuck Bowman


Susan Baskin
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Donna Bullock ... Val Williams
Matt McCoy ... Ray Williams
Teddi Siddall Teddi Siddall ... Nancy Palmer
Teryl Rothery ... Mrs. Novak
Deanna Milligan ... Kate Jenkins
Marisa Rudiak Marisa Rudiak ... Janie Palmer
Bonnie Root ... Lizzie
Kimberley Warnat ... Meg Williams
Scott Vickaryous ... Ben
Ellie Harvie ... English Teacher
David Neale ... Police Officer
Andrew Wheeler ... Dr. Larson
Lindsay Bourne Lindsay Bourne ... Principal Kelly
Deryl Hayes ... Detective Pogue
Ingrid Torrance ... Nurse


Lizzie and Janie are best friends, bonded like sisters, who share many things in common: crushes, gossip, and a taste for liquor. Although they manage to sneak alcohol at home and in waterbottles at school, they never get caught. One night, while at a pre-graduation party, Lizzie, Janie, and their friend Kate get completely drunk, and Lizzie decides to drive Janie home. While blasting the music in the car, with rain pounding on the windshield, Lizzie crashes the car. She escapes with a concussion, but Janie isn't so lucky - she dies in the twisted metal. What happens is a depiction of the aftermath of tragedy, and the recovery process of an alcoholic. Gruesome dramatization of a horrific car accident, and depiction of a DUI trial. Written by Allison L. Venezio <YankeeSNL01@aol.com>

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Lizzie Williams: How many different ways do I have to tell you to leave me alone?
Kate Jenkins: Just give me your car keys. I mean you shouldn't have driven here in the first place. You can go to jail for that.
Lizzie Williams: Why don't you turn me in? You're good at that!
Kate Jenkins: Give me your keys. I am not gonna let another friend die.
Lizzie Williams: I am not your friend. Remember?
Kate Jenkins: I don't care! You have to give me your keys.
Lizzie Williams: I just want away from you!
Kate Jenkins: [grabbing Lizzie by the arm] Lizzie!
Lizzie Williams: LET GO!
[Lizzie pushes Kate to the ground]
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Not Justice
12 May 2008 | by kirknclaysmomSee all my reviews

The movie was very good but the part that bothered me was the fact that nothing happened to the girl that caused the accident. She chose to drink, she chose to drive, and even though she may not have wanted the girl to die, the choices that she made caused it to happen. She was not punished for killing someone. That was so sad that the family had to go through that and the girl that killed her drank through the whole movie. She wanted her friends and others to boycott graduation because she thought she was not being treated fairly. OMG! The whole movie was poor poor Lizzie. Please tell me this girl did not get a happily ever after life. No one wishes her dead but she should have paid for her crime. I am not sure why they continued to have alcohol in their home and the fact that the girl was such a liar did not make it any better. If she had been poor and not an honor student, there would not have been a movie in the first place. The movie was done very well it was just the injustice that bites!

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15 September 1997 (USA) See more »

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An Innocent Heart See more »

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