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Running Wild (1997)

Moment of Truth: Into the Arms of Danger (original title)
TV-PG | | Action, Drama | TV Movie 3 February 1997
To avoid her mother's aggressive boyfriend, a young woman runs away on a public bus only to fall for a man who is cruel and abusive.


Chuck Bowman


John Bensink (as John Robert Bensink)


Cast overview, first billed only:
Morgan Fairchild ... Diana Astin
Chandra West ... Carly Astin
Ricky Paull Goldin ... Brad Winters
Carrie Anne Fleming ... Dancer (as Carrie Fleming)
Michael Woods ... Bob Lenic
Venus Terzo ... Adrian
Teryl Rothery ... Jane Price
Peter Williams ... Frank
Laura Harris ... Jan
Marilyn Norry ... Joanie
Kate Luyben ... Michelle
Kirby Morrow ... Man at Truck Stop
Douglas Newell Douglas Newell ... Bus Station Clerk
Michael Ryan Michael Ryan ... Salt Lake City detective
David Neale ... Police Officer
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Carly, a seventeen year old senior, is a runaway teen after feeling unsafe in her home once her mother's new aggressive fiancé moves in. She hops on a bus headed west and has a run in with a smooth talking, but ultimately just as abusive, man who threatens her future. Written by Kayla Schluterman

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She left home to make things better. But things got worse. Only a mother's love can save her from the streets.


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Referenced in Home & Family: Episode dated 3 February 1997 (1997) See more »

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Another typical Lifetime Seattle/British Columbia flick
16 October 2007 | by caa821See all my reviews

The interstate traffic between Seattle and British Columbia has to contain a significant proportion of Lifetime movie casts and crews making about 95% of their movies in either, or both, of these locales.

This one was filmed in Canada - set mainly in Seattle. Also, both Seattle's and Vancouver's economies would likely be negatively impacted if Lifetime stopped movie-making, or went elsewhere.

This flick was one of this network's cookie-cutter genre, good for a couple of rainy-afternoon hours, and more appealing than most by the pleasing presence of Morgan Fairchild.

There is the inevitable family turmoil - here, a sleazy boyfriend of Mom's, causes the daughter upon whom he is hitting to flee, with her immediately falling under the influence of an even greater sleaze-ball.

It's the tale of teenage danger and angst, but with an actress closer in age to 30 than even 20 in the "teenager" role.

And as usual, the male characters are - with no visible exceptions - either sleazy or clueless doophuses - or both.

While most of these flicks purport to tell stories of characters led astray and duped by nefarious, clever sociopathic types -- as you watch them, you cannot help but feel that not even a teen with an IQ barely into triple digits could fall for these con jobs.

Another 4* or so Lifetime presentation, whose main virtue is its helping the economies of Seattle and Western Canada.

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