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Desperate for Love (1989)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | TV Movie 17 January 1989
The story of murder among a trio of teenagers after a boy breaks up with a girl and she runs into the arms of his vulnerable best friend.

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Michael Tuchner
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christian Slater ... Cliff Petrie
Tammy Lauren ... Lily Becker
Brian Bloom ... Alex Cutler
Veronica Cartwright ... Betty Petrie
Scott Paulin ... Merl Becker
Arthur Rosenberg Arthur Rosenberg ... Buck Cameron
Amy O'Neill ... Cindy
Lulee Fisher Lulee Fisher ... Sue Becker
Michael Flynn ... Ed Cutler
Billy Vera Billy Vera ... Bennett Gates
David Dwyer ... Deke
Rebecca Wackler ... Margaret
Peter Thomasson Peter Thomasson ... Lambert
Keith Noble Keith Noble ... Randy
Benji Wilhoite Benji Wilhoite ... Darryl
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The story of murder among a trio of teenagers after a boy breaks up with a girl and she runs into the arms of his vulnerable best friend.

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murder | love triangle | See All (2) »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Desperate for Love See more »

Filming Locations:

Georgia, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Randall Franks, already a recurring Grand Ole Opry guest star when this movie was filmed, appeared as part of the choir and taught Billy Vera some of the conducting gestures he used in the film. See more »

Goofs

As Cliff gets out of bed to answer Lily's late-night phone call, the boom mic can be seen moving closer to the doorway. See more »

Soundtracks

WILL THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN
Written by Ada R. Habershon and Charles Gabriel
Produced by Billy Vera
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terrible print, horrible editing, acting pretty good, plot interesting
31 July 2005 | by kletkemanSee all my reviews

Paid less than the price of a rental for the DVD, but it was clearly printed from a VHS tape in mediocre condition. The editing was brutal, but I'm not sure that it was the tape's fault, I think the software used to master the DVD was crap. The result is a very chopped (jarring) feeling ... I felt like the last 10 seconds of every major segment was lost.

Anyway ... the acting is quite good in my opinion. Christian Slater gives a good account of himself, but it's another dark performance, which is his specialty. The girl emotes well, as does the mother. All in all, I found it easy to get and stay in the story.

The plot is pretty standard, but since it is based on true events, it would be kind of hard to criticize on that anyway. I have to say that I enjoyed it. It is certainly worth the low price being charged these days, especially if you like Christian Slater.


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