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Dead Drunk: The Kevin Tunell Story 

A teen kills an 18 year old girl while driving drunk. As part of his punishment, her parents request that he send them one dollar a week for the next eighteen years.


Bruce Harmon


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Episode credited cast:
Sam Rockwell ... Kevin Tunell
Jane Adams ... Beth
Jorja Fox ... Maggie Glendon
Doris Belack ... Judge Ruth Cohen
Jack Gilpin ... Jim Remy
Harriet Sansom Harris ... Cedall
Edward James Hyland ... Police Officer Collins
Kevin J. Tunell Kevin J. Tunell ... Himself (as Kevin Tunell)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Victoria Hale ... Mrs. Glendon


For Kevin Tunell, life is one big party. The party ends when he decides to drive drunk, and ends up killing Maggie Glendon. He is brought before the judge, where he is given the usual punishment for drunk drivers, but the Glendon's attorney has a very unique idea to make it sink in that he killed their daughter. Her idea is to for Kevin to send the Glendon's one dollar a week for the next eighteen years (which is how old Maggie was before she was killed). Kevin goes along with it, but finds it hard to keep up with the punishment. Written by Pat McCurry

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15 March 1993 (USA) See more »

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The real story about Kevin Tunnell took place in northern Virginia, outside Washington, DC, on New Year's Eve 1982. See more »

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This movie is a waste of film.
25 March 2005 | by dark_meanSee all my reviews

I saw this movie not too horribly long ago whilst coming down from mushrooms. There was an element of irony in that fact, as immediately before the movie, I too had driven under the influence. I watched this movie because I recognized Sam Rockwell and Jane Adams from other films. I have become a follower of Rockwell's work after seeing "Matchstick Men." This film was part of a HBO series that portrays 'families in crisis.' This edition came off as pure propaganda, and nothing more. It was the most trite premise for a drunk driving movie. The EXACT same story you've heard over and over and over and over. Some college frat dude drinks too much, fights with his girlfriend, insists he's sober enough to drive home, and wouldn't you know it? He KILLS SOME GIRL! I was less than shocked by this turn, and was more than bored with the movie as a whole. Unless you, too, are under the influence, this movie is a complete waste of time.

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