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A Last Cry for Help (1979)

Unrated | | Drama | TV Movie 19 January 1979
Sharon appears to be a normal 17 year old girl with good grades, many friends, and a wonderful personality - hardly someone you think would be considering suicide. Her home life is ... See full summary »

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Hal Sitowitz

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Hal Sitowitz
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Linda Purl ... Sharon Muir
Shirley Jones ... Joan Muir
Tony Lo Bianco ... Dr. Ben Abbot
Murray Hamilton ... Ralph Muir
Grant Goodeve ... Jeff Burgess
Karen Lamm Karen Lamm ... Connie
Morgan Woodward ... Mr. Burgess
Robin Strand Robin Strand ... Budd
Cindy Eilbacher ... Sandy
Delta Burke ... Carol
Renee Brown Renee Brown ... Willie
Charles Lucia ... Peter (as Chip Lucia)
Candida Mobley Candida Mobley ... Kathy (as Candy Mobley)
Stacey Kuhne-Adams Stacey Kuhne-Adams ... Mandy (as Stacey Kuhne)
Melissa Sherman Melissa Sherman ... Jessie
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Sharon appears to be a normal 17 year old girl with good grades, many friends, and a wonderful personality - hardly someone you think would be considering suicide. Her home life is constrained by the pressures and expectations of her parents. She slowly spirals downward, her mother at one point telling her that she has no business being unhappy. So, she gulps down a bottle of sleeping pills. She is saved, but for how long? Written by Fryingham

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Sharon cries out for strength. For hope. For love.

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Drama

Certificate:

Unrated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Último Apelo See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Linda Purl received several letters from suicidal teenagers informing her that this TV movie dissuaded them from committing suicide. Moreover, Purl talked to various counselors, survivors, and parents who had lost their children to suicide as research for her character. See more »

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I saw this film when it originally premiered on television
29 October 2003 | by VibianaSee all my reviews

It stayed with me all these years, perhaps because of the poignancy of its heroine's situation. Sharon is a cheer leader, pretty and popular, with loving parents and a beautiful home and all the advantages that go with it. However, she sees her older sister, who was also a cheer leader in her younger days, now married and mothering in her twenties, already slotted into the narrow suburban housewife life that their mother planned for her, and perhaps Sharon feels a little helpless.

Her mother seems singularly uninterested in her daughter's doubts and fears, at one point even telling Sharon, "You have no right to be unhappy!" Not surprisingly in view of her lack of support from home, Sharon's grief implodes, resulting in a suicide attempt. She meets a young man, Jeff, in the hospital where she is sent for observation and strikes up a friendship with him that eventually results in further grief for her. Sharon also must deal with the variety of reactions she elicits from friends and family after her suicide attempt.

I was fourteen when this film was first aired, and I was certainly no cheer leader type. I was a fat, nerdy kid who figured all the cheer leader types had it made -- popular, pretty, had all the boys interested in them, etc. This film forced me to realize that things really are tough all over sometimes. Since TV movies are so rarely aired anymore except on cable, I don't imagine this one has gotten much exposure.


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