Dying to Belong (1997)

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Future Oscar winner Hilary Swank gives an excellent account of herself in this made-for-TV movie as Lisa Connors, a college student who is pressured into pledging for the campus' most prestigious sorority by her ambitious mother (Isabella Hoffman). Among the other pledges is the desperately lonely and insecure Shelby Blake (Jenna von Oy), who, like Lisa, is forced to endure unspeakable humiliations during the hazing process. When Shelby dies in a fall from the college clock tower, her death is declared a suicide, but Lisa doesn't buy this verdict (nor does the viewing audience, who knows that Shelby was killed following the orders of snobbish sorority girl Drea Davenport [Sarah Chalke]). At the risk of her own reputation and academic future, Lisa embarks upon a crusade to uncover the truth behind Shelby's demise, making powerful enemies all along the way. Originally an "NBC World Premiere Movie," Dying to Belong first aired February 24, 1997.
Rating:
PG-13
Genre:
Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Television
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Platinum Disc LLC

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Cast

Michael Flynn
as Sgt. Sands
Hilary Swank
as Lisa Connors
Jennifer Warren
as Dean Curtis
Mark-Paul Gosselaar
as Steven Tyler
Tracy Middendorf
as Kim Lessing
Sarah Chalke
as Drea Davenport
Isabella Hofmann
as Gwen Connors
Gregory Alan Williams
as Carl Ridgeley
Scott Wilkinson
as Mr. Blake
Jenna von Oÿ
as Shelby Blake
Jan Hanks
as Mrs. Blake
Isabella Hoffman
as Gwen Connors
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I found this to be boring and slow-moving.

Erin Collins
Erin Collins

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Watching this, I'd never have guessed that Hilary Swank would have gone on to become the huge star she is today. This movie isn't terrible, but it's typical made for TV- mediocre acting, bad music, and so on. It did manage to hold my attention, though.

Amanda Hendsbee
Amanda Hendsbee

This was labeled under thrillers in netflicks but it turned out to be more 'after school special' material.

Diana Montalbano
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