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Desperate Lives (1982)

A brother and sister get caught up in the drug scene in their local high school, with tragic results.

Director:

Robert Michael Lewis (as Robert Lewis)

Writer:

Lew Hunter
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Diana Scarwid ... Eileen Phillips
Doug McKeon ... Scott Cameron
Helen Hunt ... Sandy Cameron
William Windom ... Dr. Jarvis
Art Hindle ... Stan
Tom Atkins ... John Cameron
Norman Alden ... Coach
Tricia Cast Tricia Cast ... Susan Garber
Sam Bottoms ... Ken Baynes
Diane Ladd ... Carol Cameron
Michele Greene ... Julie Jordan
Terry Alexander ... Robert Walsh
Joyce Brothers ... Mrs. Watson (as Dr. Joyce Brothers)
Aggie Terry Aggie Terry ... Cindy
Katherine Kelly Lang ... Mary
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A brother and sister get caught up in the drug scene in their local high school, with tragic results.

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Who's killing young kids with drugs and crime?

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Angel Dust See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Goofs

The drugs Steve gives Sandy to snort move from his pinkie to his index finger and back between shots. See more »

Connections

Featured in Saturday Night Live: Helen Hunt/Snoop Doggy Dogg (1994) See more »

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Desperate Lives (Title Song)
by Rick Springfield
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High-sterical!
17 July 2002 | by GangsteroctopusSee all my reviews

I cannot believe that one comment I just read for this one, that this piece of junk is "powerful" and "realistic" - WHAT?! This utterly awful TV movie is pure, 100% hokum. I went to high school in the '80s, when this thing came out and this TV movie seems to have been made on another planet by aliens who had absolutely no contact with real teenagers. I wish I'd seen this then - I could have used the laughs. But at least it's acquired a thick patina of camp value over the years, what with its beyond-earnest, totally out of touch plot and dialogue. This is the "Reefer Madness" of the '80s. Helen Hunt's PCP suicide/freakout is a pee-in-your-pants crack-up. (I don't suppose they'll be showing that clip when she's up for the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award, should that ever happen.)


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