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Too Young to Die (1990)





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Another "based on fact" TV movie, Too Young to Die? stars Juliette Lewis as a benighted teenaged girl. She is married at 14, is deserted, and begins walking the streets at 15. Abused by virtually every man with whom she comes in contact (including her own father), Lewis commits murder--and finds herself on Death Row before reaching her 16th birthday. Michael Tucker is the attorney who pleads that his client not be tried as an adult. Despite all the horrendous wrongs piled upon Juliette Lewis in Too Young to Die?, her character fails to elicit audience sympathy.

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Juliette Lewis
as Amanda Sue Bradley
Michael Tucker (I)
as Buddy Thornton
Brad Pitt
as Billy Canton
Michael O'Keefe
as Mike Medwicki
Yvette Heyden
as Annie Meechan
J. Stephen Brady
as Brian Davidson
Laurie O'Brien
as Wanda Sledge
Dean Abston
as Harvey Sledge
Alan Fudge
as Mark Calhoun
Annabelle Weenick
as Birdie Jewel
Jeremy Bailey
as Police Officer
C.W. Hemingway
as Gas Station Attendant
Don Pugsley
as Booking Officer
Tom Everett
as Judge Harper
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Based on the true story of Attina Marie Cannaday, played by Juliette Lewis, this is a movie about right and wrong and the blurred, grey area in-between. A young girl who was wronged in so many ways, and tossed aside by everyone in her life, commits a murder. Although what she did was wrong, her circumstances make you feel sympathetic. She is ultimately sentenced to death, but what the movie doesn't show is that this sentence was later reversed and Cannaday is currently out on parole.

ashley roose
ashley roose

A very young Juliette Lewis gives a superb performance in this made for tv movie. I didn't like the ending but the movie did keep me interested.

Jennifer Torres
Jennifer Torres

It was soooo incredibly heart breaking and sad. This was the ultimate purpose of the movie... it was a political movie that tries to get you to be against the death penalty. I felt bad for the killer because of her situation but at the same time, if we let her go, then other people will think they too can get away with murder. I didn't know how to feel at the end. My heart was aching for the young girl and all her bad choices. Brad Pitt was such a sleezeball in this movie.

Dannielle Albert
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