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Too Young to Die? (The True Stories Collection TV Movie) (1990)

Brad Pitt , Juliette Lewis , Robert Markowitz  |  NR |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Brad Pitt, Juliette Lewis, Michael Tucker, Alan Fudge, Emily Longstreth
  • Directors: Robert Markowitz
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Mpi Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 3, 2005
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000784X12
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,696 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Too Young to Die? (The True Stories Collection TV Movie)" on IMDb

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She’s the victim. He’s the seducer. Both are killers. Brad Pitt (Troy, Ocean’s 11) and Juliette Lewis (Starsky and Hutch, Natural Born Killers) star in this shocking drama about teenagers and the death penalty. Juliette Lewis plays 15-year-old Amanda Sue Bradley, a girl who has already endured a lifetime of cruelty and neglect. Abused by her stepfather, abandoned by her mother and with one failed marriage behind her, she falls prey to a seductive hustler, Billy Canton (Brad Pitt). Billy soon introduces Amanda to the world of sex, drugs and prostitution. She then meets a man (Michael Tucker, LA Law) who shows her the only love and compassion she’s ever known. But, when he is forced to break off their friendship because of her age, Billy convinces Amanda to take a bloody revenge. High on drugs and booze, the two go on a murderous rampage. Amanda is arrested and because of the brutality of the crime, she’s tried as an adult. If Amanda is found guilty of murder, she’ll receive the death penalty.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Too Young To Give Up On April 12, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I viewed this movie several years ago and found it absolutely powerful. As an advocate/speaker on the issue of child prostitution, I found the actors portraying realistic and convincing roles. Sexual abuse, abandonment and exploitation are just a few of the issues presented in this video. Sexual abuse and exploitation of young girls is not a issue that can be under-estimated. The actors took risks and great courage to present a very dark and complex issue in our society today.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Real Story December 31, 2012
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I am always interested to find out what the true story is when something is based on that. In this case the young girl was not led into prostitution etc by her friend. She had already been involved in the dancing etc at more than one club when she met him. She may not even have met him until after her relationship with the victim had ended. She did live with the man that she murdered but when he found out how old she really was he told her she had to move out. There were 3 people who went together to commit the crime but she had already gone to his home yelling & creating a scene a couple weeks prior. It was her idea to go there to supposedly take his van and beat him up etc.. They kidnapped he and his girlfriend and she encouraged her crime friend to rape the girlfriend as she drove the van, which he did. After the friend removed the victim from the van the girlfriend got away and ran to a house for help. The next day the mans body was found stabbed to death. Her and her friend both pointed fingers at the other one for doing it. I don't believe anyone influenced her to do what she did. She was given life in prison but has since been paroled. Sometimes when watching these kind of stories you are left thinking the person had no choice because of their influences etc. I think it is interesting to find out the real story
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not to die for October 22, 2012
Format:DVD
I finally saw this film the other night, after having it on a wish list for a long time. I'm mixed on Brad Pitt - I think that his later work is really good, while his early work is pretty borderline at best - and Juliette Lewis has her moments.

This was a made-for-TV film, so you know that it won't have amazing production values, which is OK. I'm not a big special-effects guy anyways. But there is one glaring flaw with this film, a flaw that you won't know just by watching: it is based upon an actual case, but the story was changed from that case so much that it loses its value.

I have nothing wrong with writers and directors taking liberties with a story. But sometimes, truth is stranger than fiction so why change it? But here, the original motivation for the film was to take a left-leaning stance on capital punishment I believe, trying to show that our system is flawed. Well, that would be fine, except for the fact that, if you read the real story, you will find out that the Attina Cannaday character - one of the convicted killers, played by Ms. Lewis - while sentenced to death, actually had her sentence commuted and she was free on parole a few years ago. I won't give anything away, but the movie ends quite differently.

Also, there were three perpetrators; not two, as the film portrays. Why did they change this fact? For dramatic effect? I'm not sure, but I don't believe that it was necessary to change this in the movie. And the gal who is a victim was treated, in real life, much worse that was portrayed here. Why was this changed? I think I know why, but I'll let you decide if you give it a viewing.

Almost a pass here, since they obviously changed the story for political gain. Now that would be a true crime.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, Lonely, Sad and Magnificent March 15, 2014
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Pitt and Lewis were born to play these roles together and the chemistry is magic. Only Juliette Lewis could make you pity her, love her, and revile her all at the same time.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brad's rehersal for Thelma & Louise June 14, 2011
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I couldn't believe how close the two characters Pitt played in this movie and Thelma and Louise were. They were both scummy dirt bag roles which Brad Pitt plays very well.
It was fun to watch Juliette Lewis in her early days and to reflect on how she has grown (and learned how to dance)(Natural Born Killers; Wow!).
This is a good watch, but only because you know who these two stars are.
If these were two unknowns, I doubt if you would bother watching it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE THE PITT-LEWIS TEAM ! July 18, 2014
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Thought provoking film . Kind of creepy . I don't know what it is that draws me to this film , and the other film that Pitt and Lewis were also in together ( Kalifornia ) . They sure can play a dirty trailer trash rednecked couple !! I know that they used to date each other way back when . I would give anything to see them rehearse their scenes while at home . That would be a laugh riot !! Be great if they recorded it all . Especially The crazy roles they played in Kalifornia !! (SPOILER ALERT *** Pitt was an angry hillbilly who would be your best - polite friend one minute , then kill you the next - and still show no remorse . While Lewis' character was this silly little innocent trailer-parky hillbilly gal - who just believed that everything in this earth was just as innocent as she was . ( Until she got hurt really bad while being raped - that put her in the hospital for 4 months ) . She tells that story but it is not shown .Well she then falls for Pitt because he convinced her that he would protect her from all the ignorance in the world . ( Yeah -- he'd protect her by telling her to stay locked in a room and not come out --- while he commenced an ass-whuppin to someone that eventually led to murder ) . He would also knock her around sometimes if she did something stupid . She was fine with that ! She'd say things like " well he broke me of that" !! (smoking ) or ' he only hits me when I deserve it " (insert hillbilly accent when she speaks ) . --- Just check out both films if you haven't already . Shocking ! Funny ! Scary ! All the makings of a great movie ! ( OH -- I THOUGHT WE WERE TALKING ABOUT KALIFORNIA !
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maybe in some way I can understand your feelings and I do feel for kids that are abused but that gives them no excuse at all to do the things that she has done. Do not let the sob story fool you, she was not a poor little girl controlled by everyone else. she made the decision regardless. The... Read More
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