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

Brad Pitt , Juliette Lewis , Robert Markowitz  |  NR |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 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: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000784X12
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #267,960 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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20 of 21 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not to die for October 22, 2012
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Real Story December 31, 2012
Format:Amazon Instant Video
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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars great April 15, 2014
By Linda
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I was moved by the plot of this movie it is so true in some cases that being disowned and abandoned at her age can lead to this
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5.0 out of 5 stars seen several times April 10, 2014
Format:Amazon Instant Video
This movie is sad and heart wrenching but good. It is based on a true story. I have seen it several times before on Lifetime and enjoyed watching again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie April 7, 2014
By bdeath
Format:Amazon Instant Video
Shows how some people who live in trailer parks live. Things they can get into and not for the better, not that doesn't happen to people anyway.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, Lonely, Sad and Magnificent March 15, 2014
By Fafeom
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars We are so behind on understanding what is the real problem here.
Is a shame that society in this 21 century still not see what is the real problem here. If prostitution and drugs exist is because people like the victim that was killed here by... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Lydia Gonzalez
4.0 out of 5 stars This Poses a Significant Question Re: how society addresses "what to...
The film did a good job in depicting how a not-too-bright, victim of "horrible parents" just drifted along, allowing herself to be used by nefarious characters. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Martha L. Williams
3.0 out of 5 stars reality
I enjoyed this movie a lot . Because this stuff happens in real life . Like this movie is reality , stuff like this is happiness more and more frequently now a days .
Published 1 month ago by Angela DeVille
5.0 out of 5 stars Questioning good guy vs. bad guy.
Really enjoyed this film. The acting was superb and the character development was believable and took twists that had me changing my mind and questioning good guy vs bad guy at... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Larry M. Norman
4.0 out of 5 stars Down and Dirty Drama
Vintage Brad Pitt. A gritty drama with a masterful performance by Juliette Lewis (probably the actual age she was portraying). Very much enjoyed! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Carol Kreitman
3.0 out of 5 stars Too Young to Die DVD
Bought this for a Christmas present for my wife who wanted this movie DVD was new and plays great recommend this movie
Published 3 months ago by K. Adkins
5.0 out of 5 stars she was the victim... how many others
That poor girl... she was a victim of her circumstances and really not to smart.and the older guy could have done more for her instead of kicking her out on the street. Read more
Published 4 months ago by ltrull
5.0 out of 5 stars great show
not fun not a feel good movie, actually quite depressing. you really start to like the girl. I don't know who the actress is but man she does an outstanding job. Pitt is great too. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Whitney Werner
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss this gem!
This might tick a lot of people off, but Juliette Lewis's performance in this movie deserved an Emmy! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Heather72
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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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