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The Accident: A Moment of Truth Movie (1997)

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 ... See full summary »

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Chuck Bowman

Writer:

Susan Baskin
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Cast

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 Ingrid Torrance ... Nurse
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

An Innocent Heart See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Quotes

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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A Little Insight Into The Real Lizzie And Public Service Speaking.
6 September 2016 | by BrakathorSee all my reviews

The girl who this is based on actually came to speak at my high school, way back in the day. She seemed like a total basket case to me, and nothing like the girl who portrays her in the movie. At the time, she was in her mid to late twenties, dressed and spoke in a very tomboyish juvenile sort of way, and kind of seemed like someone who psychologically had never left high school. She even admitted herself that when she first started doing public talks, which was part of her community service, many people thought she seemed too unstable to do it.

Not a particularly effective movie in my opinion, because it seems to gloss over a troubled and erratic personality type that led to such a great deal of self destruction, and attempts to reduce and condense it into a couple month period after the accident, in turn making most of the turmoil appear to be a reaction rather than the cause.

The real life Lizzie went on about her alcoholism, how she would lie cheat and steal to get what she wanted, how she would often steal money from her mother, knew what she was doing was wrong, and hated herself for doing it, but was in a vicious cycle of self destruction, where being in that place was too normalizing for her to do anything else. Kind of someone who's life was destined to be a long painful drawn out mia culpa.

Mostly, she garnered a fairly positive reaction from the kids at the presentation. In my day, it was very popular, and probably still is, for school administrations to try to shock kids into behaving in accordance with whatever the present mode of choice happens to be. Is unleashing complete basket cases who use kids as their own personal mode of catharsis a productive way to teach them reason? Who knows, but being able to postulate on all of this now as a result, sure is fun.


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