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  • BamaEd
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    For some reason, I was thinking back to some of the wonderfully bad/forgotten network TV movies & miniseries of the 80s. Some reran on cable a good bit (thank you HBO & Lifetime) some have disappeared.

    A few that I have thought of recently:

    Desperate Lives – Helen Hunt & Diana Scarwid in a movie about a school counselor trying to help kids who are using & abusing drugs. You saw a clip when Helen hosted SNL because it shows the scene where her character, high on Angel Dust, jumps out of a window.

    Scandal In a Small Town – Raquel Welch plays a small town cocktail waitress who discovers her daughter’s history teacher is an anti-semite.

    High School USA – Michael J. Fox, Nancy McKeon and a host of TV stars from the 50s & 60s in a high school comedy (followed by their reteaming in the summer camp comedy Poison Ivy)

    Amerika – Kris Kristofferson, Sam Neill, and Robert Urich star in a 14 1/2 hour miniseries about the Russians taking over the US.

    Any other classics you can think of?

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    Boidiva02
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    A Cry For Help: The Tracey Thurman Story: Starring Nancy McKeon and Dale Midkiff.  This was the true story of a divorced woman Tracey Thurman whose abusive ex husband stabbed her, leaving her paralyzed.  She sues the police department and this sets the precedent for one of the first anti-stalking laws.     It was first aired in like 1986-1987 and has been replayed numerous times throughout the years.

    Baby Snatcher: Starring Nancy McKeon, Veronica Hamel, Michael Madsen and David Duchvony.   A single mother (McKeon) is stunned when a woman she’s interviewing for a nanny position kidnaps her baby; and the police don’t believe her.   Hamel plays the psychotic kidnapper; who for a time fakes a pregnancy.  This one is actually from 1992, but still pretty 80’s to me.

     

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    BamaEd
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    The Tracy Thurman movie was brutal to watch. Nancy McKeon was great. Where have you gone Nancy McKeon?

    Then there were all those Gary Coleman movies from the 80s:
    From the Right Track – Homeless kid picks horse race winners
    The Kid With the 200 IQ – duh
    The Kid With the Broken Halo – about a kid who is a troublesome angel
    Playing With Fire – Teenage arsonist

    I miss network TV movies. The good, bad, and fun.

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    GoMe91
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    Not necessarily “forgotten” or campy…but I really think Something About Amelia is bad.

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    Fishbiscuit
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    She’s my girl but Susan Lucci made some stinkers in the ’80’s

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    tennisfreak
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    This is technically 1979, but I hate/love it so much: Like Normal People starring Shaun Cassidy and Linda Purl.

    http://m.imdb.com/title/tt0079471/

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    Lynda Carter made a series of righteous-woman-in-peril stinkers in the early ’80s: The Last Song, Born to Be Sold, Hotline. Mildly popular in their day, they are horrendously dated now. The Last Song even had Lynda warbling a title song:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0ilFL_bil4 

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    BamaEd
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    Lace. Phoebe Cates barging in and saying “Which one of you bitches is my mother.” Gotta love it.

    I think I remember which Linda Purl movie you are talking about.

    Do any of y’all remember the comedic miniseries Fresno with Carol Burnett? 

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    I think I need to see that Phoebe Cates movie.

    This might be a classic in TV movie world rather than bad and forgotten (if so, sorry!), but does anyone else remember the one where Farrah Fawcett shoots her kids and then they get adopted by the District Attorney?

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    I think I need to see that Phoebe Cates movie.

    This might be a classic in TV movie world rather than bad and forgotten (if so, sorry!), but does anyone else remember the one where Farrah Fawcett shoots her kids and then they get adopted by the District Attorney?

     That’s Small Sacrifices! The Diane Downs Story! And it’s a GREAT movie. Done!

    I’ve been obsessed with that whole story since 20/20 did a special on it a few years ago. 

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    [quote=”beanbag”]I think I need to see that Phoebe Cates movie.

    This might be a classic in TV movie world rather than bad and forgotten (if so, sorry!), but does anyone else remember the one where Farrah Fawcett shoots her kids and then they get adopted by the District Attorney?

     That’s Small Sacrifices! The Diane Downs Story! And it’s a GREAT movie. Done!

    I’ve been obsessed with that whole story since 20/20 did a special on it a few years ago. [/quote]

    Farrah was WONDERFUL in that movie and deserved the Emmy. She lost to Barbara Hershey , who played a mousy housewife who killed her neighbor with an ax, also based on a true story. The other nominees were Alfre Woodard for playing the mother of Isiah Thomas, Annette O’Toole for playing Rose Kennedy, Lesley Ann Warren for playing the wife of John Walker who sold secrets to the Soviets, and Christine Lahti for playing the mother of a family who becomes homeless. All of these movies/miniseries were on broadcast nets. That’s a pretty stout lineup too.

    I have seen parts of Lace and it seems wonderfully campy! 

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    beanbag
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    Small Sacrifices, that was it! Thanks, guys. I remember that it made me cry when I watched it as a kid, but I wasn’t old enough to appreciate it beyond that. Maybe I’ll watch it again.

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