TV Movies: Daring to Love
Posted Aug 11, 2005 @ 12:34 PM
I think my favoirite scene is when she's trashing the house...damn. I heard Molly Shannon as Mary Catherine Gallagher did a monolgue from this, but I don't remember how it went. I think one line was, "I shot him! I shot him DEAD! lol, but I don't know if that's from the movie or another movie homage that Mary Catherine Gallagher did.
Posted Aug 11, 2005 @ 12:37 PM
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Posted Aug 11, 2005 @ 12:52 PM
I have to admit though I have been enticed to watch a few strickly for the cheese factor but I can't really bring myself to do it.
I may have seen the TBBS. I remember when it came out. It was some hoopla surrounding it.
Posted Aug 11, 2005 @ 12:57 PM
The very first Made for TV movie was The Killers, which starred Lee Marvin, Angie Dickenson and Ronald Reagan (in his only villianous role). It was the first movie made specifically for TV, but it never aired because it was deemed to be too violent and was instead released to theaters.
For my money, Helter Skelter (original 1976 version) remains the standard as to which all MFTVM should aspire.
Posted Aug 11, 2005 @ 1:27 PM
Billionaire Boy's Club is another favorite of mine; Judd Nelson and Brian McNamara are perhaps both at their career highs in it.
Posted Aug 11, 2005 @ 1:28 PM
Posted Aug 11, 2005 @ 1:30 PM
I remember when NBC (I think) was running a really bad t.v. movie every week in the early 90's. IIRC half of them starred Tori Spelling, and I loved them all! The only t.v. movies now are so hallmark-y looking and sappy that I refuse to tune in.
Where are you, Tori?
Posted Aug 11, 2005 @ 1:35 PM
Two MFTV movies from my childhood that stand out are "Lisa, Bright and Dark" with Kay Lenz and "Born Innocent" starring Linda Blair. Those babies were the preteen, schoolyard equivalent of watercooler TV. Actually, the were pretty groundbreaking, if anyone remembers.
Posted Aug 11, 2005 @ 1:39 PM
Was that the one where Linda's character got put in reform school, and a bunch of other girls raped her with a broom handle (or maybe it was a bottle)? It got a lot of press when it aired, as I recall.
"Born Innocent" starring Linda Blair
Posted Aug 11, 2005 @ 1:40 PM
For balls-out Meredith Baxter Birney scenery chewing, nothing beats the binge/purge tour-de-force... the movie's name escapes me. But the climactic kitchen orgy scene is without rival.
Edited by Sarcastico, Aug 11, 2005 @ 1:40 PM.
Posted Aug 11, 2005 @ 2:16 PM
But nothing tops "Co-ed Call Girl." I mean, in the suckage department.
Posted Aug 11, 2005 @ 2:16 PM
Also, from what I saw of it, I liked "Their eyes were watching God" with Halle Berry.
I think these days there are some TV movies that actually rise above the cheese. Like the Halle movie or the upcoming "Ron Clark story" with my boy Matthew Perry that I'm sure is going to kick ass.:)
Edited by Natchou, Aug 11, 2005 @ 2:22 PM.
Posted Aug 11, 2005 @ 2:36 PM
I am a big sucker for Hallmark Hall of Fame flicks, even though they are melodramatic as sin. Earlier this year I watched every single minute of The Magic of Ordinary Days, the one with Kerri Russell and Skeet Ulrich. It was ham-bone to the core. But it had that syrupy-sweet ending, and I cried a little, even through all the bad acting. I also cry during the commercials. I'm a big ol' cryin' fool.
I shun TV movies that are not the Hallmark Hall of Fame ones or ABC Family Movie.
::sniffle:: Don't look at me!
Edited by Photo Geek, Aug 11, 2005 @ 2:37 PM.
Posted Aug 11, 2005 @ 3:04 PM
There's one of theirs I've seen about 3 times. I never remember the name of it but I'm sure it's as sappy as it is vague (most certainly the word "Love" is in it), with Brooke Shields as a lesbian and Cherry Jones as her partner who has a baby girl that they raise together, and then Cherry dies of some disease. But they live in Florida, and Cherry's parents --Anne Meara plays the mom and she does a wonderfully bitchy job of it!--who were originally fully supportive of the couple, get custody of the little girl and give Brooke the glacial shoulder. Brooke tries to fight them, but, hey, it's Florida, so she has a snowball's chance in hell of getting her kid back. She goes into kind of a catatonic state and ends up in a mental hospital until Whoopi Goldberg (seriously!) becomes her lawyer and wins her custody of the daughter. It's a true story!
Posted Aug 11, 2005 @ 3:36 PM
Two of my favorites from the seventies: "Summer of Fear" with Linda Blair and Lee Purcell as her fake cousin who is actually a witch. & "The Initiation of Sarah" Morgan Fairchild, Morgan Brittany and Kay Lenz about witchcraft and sorority sisters.
Posted Aug 11, 2005 @ 3:45 PM
Do Afterschool Specials count? I don't remember actual plots, but it seems every other movie was about an orphan, addiction to some substance or starred Lance Kerwin, Rob Lowe and/or Melissa Sue Anderson. Nothing like a morality tale in the afternoon.
Posted Aug 11, 2005 @ 3:46 PM
Such a disaster of a movie and I only got to watch the first hour.
There was one movie about teenager girls who happened to be cheerleaders and were sexually harassed by the football players. One girl finally tells her parents what's going on and her friends choose to shun her and won't come forth to show any support until the very end. I actually liked that movie but cannot come up with a title as I do not remember any actors from the film. Sorry.
Another movie, When Friendship Kills starring Jennifer (Marley Shelton) about a young woman who has bulimia and her best friend, Lexi, who taught her the habit of throwing up. Lexi ends up becoming very sick and tells her mom where she picked up bulimia, a friendship is broken, and Jennifer ends up dying in a car accident before they could ever rectify the situation. Had Jennifer not been bulimic, she would have survived, but alas, she suffered from heart failure and passed on.
Oh, and finally, Love's Deadly Triangle: The Texas Cadet Murder starring Holly Marie Combs as Diane Zamora and David Lipper as David Graham was really good. Zamora and Graham (midshipman and cadet, respectively) are a couple and Graham has an affair with a fellow cadet. Zamora vows to kill the young woman Graham had an affair with. Very unfortunate true story.
I love TV movies. Lifetime truly cooks up some of the best.
Edited by AfroJo, Aug 11, 2005 @ 3:57 PM.
Posted Aug 11, 2005 @ 3:55 PM
Posted Aug 11, 2005 @ 3:56 PM
Morbid curiousty made me check out The Truth About Jane, about a high school girl who discovers she's a lesbian and her mother, whose liberal beliefs are shaken to their core by this. There was actually a lot of potential here; it's been demonstrated a few times that people who consider themselves open-minded about homosexuality can quickly change their tune when a family member announces they're gay, and an examination of this could have been pretty good. Instead we just get the usual sledgehammer melodramatics, with the mother instantly entering Fred Phelps territory. Jane herself is not too likable either, acting like she actually expected everyone to take this huge revelation completely in stride.
Posted Aug 11, 2005 @ 4:02 PM
Loved this one. So cheesy - so good.
I can't believe I am admitting this, but I am a little bit obsessed with Mother May I Sleep with Danger and will stop whatever I am doing to sit and watch this train-wreck whenever it is on... I also like the one (can't remember the name) where Kellie Martin is so hell-bent on becoming popular that she murders Tori Spelling. Ha!
There have been some really TV Movies that were well made and still haunt me to this day:
The Murder of Mary Phagan was very sad and haunting. It was about a young girl murdered in the factory where she worked in the early 1900s.
Adam is a classic about the Abduction of John Walsh's son. (He when on to creative America's Most Wanted after that tragedy).
The Atlantic Child Murders was another sad true story.
And of course, there's Roots!
Edited by shootingstar, Aug 11, 2005 @ 4:04 PM.
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Posted Aug 11, 2005 @ 5:43 PM
I'm addicted to TV movies, particularly the stuff Lifetime tosses at us.
When Friendship Kills was pretty good, but I think I've seen that too many times. Unfortunately, the bulimia movies are running together for me. Is that the one where the girl is pounding holes in the walls and dumping her food in there?
The Truth About Jane was so well-cast. Ellen Muth was terrific. Shame the movie kind of sucked.
Death of a Cheerleader remains a favorite of mine. There's just something so satisfying about watching Kellie Martin stab Tori Spelling to death. (Spoiler?)
Was Beverly Hills Madam made for TV? I thought it was, but I'm not entirely sure. I've only seen it twice, but I just love it.
One that I find genuinely moving is You Belong To Me Forever, aka In Quiet Night. A man is acquitted (wrongfully) of molesting his daughter, and the child is taken by the local deputy DA in an attempt to rescue her. The little girl is played by Alexandra Kyle (30 Going on 30, A Time to Kill), who is just heartbreaking. And it costars Julian McMahon, which is always a good thing (IMO).
Posted Aug 11, 2005 @ 5:43 PM
I thought it was just sweet. Plus, it had GE in two fountain scenes and one shower scene (yeehaw!). And lots of lovely dogs.
There's another Lifetime eating disorder one starring, uh, OK, I just IMDB'd her...Crystal Bernard...as an anorexic/bulimic, overachieving lawyer wife of a politican with HUGE 80's glasses. I don't remember her character's name but Big Glasses' name is "Frederico" and she says his name 50,000 times in the movie.
That would be Federico (no "r") Pena, the former mayor of Denver. Crystal Bernard played his wife (now ex-) Ellen Hart Pena, who was a marathon runner and who struggled with eating disorders.
Edited by Rozinante, Aug 11, 2005 @ 5:47 PM.
Posted Aug 11, 2005 @ 6:09 PM
Posted Aug 11, 2005 @ 6:11 PM
Hey I remember that Tori Spelling/Kellie Martin movie...the former got STABBED to death with a vegetable peeler.
I'm not ashamed to admit I love that movie. Kellie Martin did such a good job. She almost made you feel sorry for her.
My favorite is the Lifetime movie with Candace Cameron, who is insecure and ends up abused and killed by her boyfriend, played by Fred Savage! Squee!! It was so sad but it was good.
There's a good recent one with Angie Harmon called (I think) Video Voyeur, where she and her family move into a neighborhood full of Christians, and their neighbor, the deacon, videotapes them having sex, using the bathroom, etc. It was based on a true story, and the woman Angie Harmon played actually got a law passed to make this illegal. I was like, it wasn't illegal before???