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

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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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  • 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: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000784X12
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,171 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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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer 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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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By California Dreaming on 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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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Justicried on 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anne Bradley on October 10, 2014
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I understand that there are other versions of Too Young To Die out there, starring in the same actors, yet including more scenes. This movie actually came out in 1990. I am not sure how I would have reacted to this movie since my feelings on the death penalty have evolved due to learning about the justice system, which many times shows fragmented processing, including judicial determinations. Some treat it as a game of chess, which is tragic and abuse of procedure. I greatly resent that. From reading some facts about he true life story which this movie is inspired by, I see significant differences which detracts from the movie. I don't believe people should be lead to believe this film is BASED on a true life story, but one inspired by the true life story. The movie's production techniques has you hooked as far as invoking feelings. The stars - Pitt and Lewis - played their roles so believably that I felt like they had to have been those characters in real life, not that they really were. Lewis had a harder role since her character had so many layers - growing up and not liking it, being a victim of abuse, struggling with her life purpose and survival, struggling with a drug-infested environment which leads me to believe it was forced on her. And lastly, struggling with her conscience of right and wrong. Whereas, Brad Pitt's character pretty much stayed the same, though he did a tip top job supporting Lewis' character and allowed her layers to be Lewis was the only one sentenced to death and the actor who played Gray seemed to have got off scott free. In fact, in real life, Lewis' character (Cannady) is on probation. Gray may be still serving time in prison, but when I do a search for the Mississippi DOC, the system indicates none found.Read more ›
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Too Young to die something to think about
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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