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Death of A Cheerleader (1994)

A Friend to Die For (original title)
TV-PG | | Crime, Drama | TV Movie 26 September 1994
When popular and beautiful cheerleader Stacey is stabbed to death, who could have done it? It could have been asocial Goth girl Monica, it could've been angst-ridden Jill - or maybe it was the plain girl nobody suspected.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kellie Martin ... Angela Delvecchio
Tori Spelling ... Stacy Lockwood
James Avery ... Agent Gilwood
Eugene Roche ... Priest
Andy Romano ... Joe Delvecchio
Margaret Langrick Margaret Langrick ... Jill Anderson
Marley Shelton ... Jamie Hall (as Marlee Shelton)
Kathryn Morris ... Monica Whitley
Terry O'Quinn ... Ed Saxe
Valerie Harper ... Mrs. Delvecchio
Christa Miller ... Terri
Brittney Powell ... Head Cheerleader
Tom O'Rourke ... Mr. Lockwood
Marnie Andrews Marnie Andrews ... Mrs. Lockwood
Jenna Leigh Green ... Meridith Ladd (as Jenna J. Leigh)


Angela Delvecchio for some reason transfers from a Catholic school to a public school in the same town. She proceeds to try to make friends with the most popular girl in school which leads to tragedy. Based on a true story. Written by Sue McCormick

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At high school, failure can be fatal. See more »


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Release Date:

26 September 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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1.33 : 1
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After the murder, the Costas family moved to Hawaii. Bernadette Protti was released from prison in 1992, She was 23-years old at the time of her release. Following her release from prison in 1992, Bernadette Protti legally changed her name to Jeannette Butler and moved to Oklahoma and worked as a nurse. She then married and get name changed to Jeanette Tomanka. She currently lives in Oregon with her husband and child. See more »


When, Angela is cleaning off the knife she used to kill Stacy she never cleaned it off thoroughly with soap and water as well as disinfectant. She only cleaned it off with just water and didn't get all the blood off before wiping it off with a towel, this means the knife still has Stacy's DNA all over it and still a lot of bacteria on it. See more »


[last lines]
Jamie: [letter] Dear Angela: there'd been some changes in my life, and I want you to know about them. I've quit the Larks, and next year I'm quitting Santa Mira too. I'm going back to Saint Joe's where you and I had so many wonderful times. I'm going back, and yet I know I can't really go back anymore than you can or any of us can. We can only go forward, and that's what I hope to do... and that's my hope for you, as we both struggle to understand. Yours always, Jamie Hall.
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Will society ever learn?
6 May 2006 | by MarieGabrielleSee all my reviews

No, this is not the most unique film about bullying, alienation and violence in high schools today. But this film is acceptable when you note the hypocrisy of an American community when confronted with its demons. The prosecution admittedly pursued the death penalty in a case where it was not even applicable, to feed the PR flames and incite headlines across America.

If the underlying theme had been more developed, there was a much more important story to be conveyed here. Other than the obvious, Angela Delvecchio (Kellie Martin) as the odd girl out, desperately attempting to be popular (Unfortunately, her parents and teachers never told her this would cease to matter in 2 years anyway), with Tori Spelling as the "popular girl" for that year. They may have picked a more sympathetic victim other than Spelling.

There is a brief role for Terry O'Quinn, as the pretentious principal; babbling about Santa Maria excellence and perfection. We see his dismissal of Delvecchio (Martin) and how important his approval and praise was for her.

Andy Romano and Valerie Harper portray Angela Delvecchio's parents, and paint a realistic picture of the community's hypocrisy- everyone in America wants to succeed, have a bigger house, drive a foreign car, and this all ties in with being a popular cheerleader in Delvecchio's mind, at least.

Kellie Martin is a sympathetic character, and does quite well projecting Delvecchio's despair. Maybe they should produce a follow-up movie, to see if things have changed in that particular school. Other films have more accurately dissected teen violence: "Bully", "Elephant" and "Bang, bang, you're dead", for example. But this film still deserves credit for addressing some of the less popular notions in America today: that something is amiss, values are distorted, and kids are being affected by this.

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