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Sarah T. - Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic (1975)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 11 February 1975
This movie is a teaching tool about a teenage girl struggling with alcoholism to cope with her feelings of insecurity and usual problems of adolescence.

Director:

Richard Donner

Writers:

Esther Shapiro, Richard Alan Shapiro (as Richard Shapiro)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Linda Blair ... Sarah Travis
Larry Hagman ... Jerry Travis
Verna Bloom ... Jean Hodges
William Daniels ... Matt Hodges
Michael Lerner ... Dr. Marvin Kittredge
Mark Hamill ... Ken Newkirk
Eric Olson Eric Olson ... Bobby
Laurette Spang ... Nancy
M. Emmet Walsh ... Mr. Peterson
Steve Benedict Steve Benedict ... Ray Peterson
Richard Roat ... Fred Tyler
Marian Collier ... Mrs. Peterson
Hilda Haynes Hilda Haynes ... Margaret
Jessica Rains Jessica Rains ... Mrs. Tyler
Sheila Larken ... Vice Principal
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Storyline

Finding herself unable to cope with the divorce of her parents and the stress of daily life, 15-year-old Sarah Travis starts drinking in secret. At first, alcohol provides comfort and release. Then it sends her life spiraling out of control. Written by Reid Taylor

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Only his love could give her the hope of a normal life. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 February 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sarah T. - Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Television See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Director Richard Donner, who later directed Superman (1978), went on the talk show circuit to discuss his blockbuster and was asked questions about his early directorial work. However, he couldn't remember the name of this film. He ended up calling it Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway (1976), which was directed by Randal Kleiser. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Eegah (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

It's Too Late
(uncredited)
Written by Carole King and Toni Stern
Sung by Linda Blair
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Childhood movie number 4. Linda the lush.
3 December 2003 | by Captain_CouthSee all my reviews

Sarah T. (1975) Linda Blair is in deep trouble again. This time she's a teenage lush who can't keep her nose out of the bottle. What's scary about this one is that she's eerily credible as a drunk. The cheese factor of Mark Hamill keeps this picture from earning any real credibility (one scene has Luke Skywalker crying like a woman, watch out Star Wars fans). Well, it was pretty funny watching ol' Skywalker pour on the water works. Other than that (sans Mark Hamill) it's a good film about young alcoholics.

Recommended.


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