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Death Of A Cheerleader [DVD] [1997]


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  • Actors: Kellie Martin, Tori Spelling, James Avery, Eugene Roche, Andy Romano
  • Directors: William A. Graham
  • Writers: Dan Bronson, Randall Sullivan
  • Producers: Barry Bernardi, Dan Bronson, Don Goldman, Ken Raskoff, Stephen Soyland
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Odyssey
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Mar. 2002
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000069JFY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,961 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Crime drama starring Tori Spelling as a school cheerleader who is worshipped by her teachers and fellow pupils. However, if anyone fails to live up to her expectations she is mercilessly cruel to them. As a result she incurs the wrath of a less popular member of the school and may well pay the price.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S.L Ireland on 16 April 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I first saw this movie late one night on BBC, and the story was one that stuck in my head for years. I saw this in my recommendations, and bought the DVD - it's still a very powerful movie to watch. The quality of the DVD is good - I mean, it's blatantly obvious that it's the early 90s, but that's not always a bad thing. This is a movie that doesn't need to rely on fancy camera angles and arty shots - it was the highest rated TV movie of 1994.

It's based on an event that took place in Miramonte High School in California in 1984, when a jealous high school girl (Bernadette Protti) killed her classmate (Kirsten Costas). The jealous classmate, Angela, is played by Kellie Martin (a fantastic actress) and the popular girl, Stacy, by Tori Spelling (who gives an absolutely 100% believable and capable performance here). The movie shows just how much some highschoolers ache to fit into certain cliques and groups, and how it can effect someone vulnerable when they feel like they are constantly rejected.

It's disturbing to watch in parts, but it just shows that nobody knows what's going on inside other people's heads. The score is atmospheric and perfect for the movie, and the acting is brilliant all round - there isn't one weak performance. If you like crime dramas, true movies or have an interest in movies based on true crimes, then I recommend this. Powerful.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Scott & Sara on 18 Aug. 2002
Format: DVD
This is one of those 'based-on-a-true-story' films that actually is pretty good. The performances by Kellie Martin & Tori Spelling are nothing to complain about. The film isn't boring at all. Tori Spelling, known for her role as Donna Martin on 'Beverly Hills 90210' stars at the cheerleader who meets her death. Prior to her death, she is one of those snobby, self-centred rich girls you would love to smack. Kellie Martin is the girl who aims to be popular, she would do anything to be just like the cheerleader girls, even earning extra money to go on a ski trip to hang out with them. Kellie's character envies Tori's character-after all she's a cheerleader, has popular friends, rich parents, the stylish clothes. Her obsession makes her unbalanced ( which is clearly seen when she invites the cheerleader to a party so she can be friends with her.) Of course, an obsessed & unbalanced person can lead one to make hideous mistakes: Kellie's character just loses control & well...judging by the title of the film, you know what will happen next. The film is an American one, but people on both sides of the Atlantic will have no problem identifying with the characters. I checked to see how true the film was to the real incident & articles I found on the Internet were spot on.
The film could be classified a 'guilty pleasure'. Some may find the title cheesy. But it's a watchable film which you may find yourself watching over & over again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jack Quann on 8 Feb. 2011
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I saw this film years ago on TV and just got the sudden urge to see it again recently. So, I got it here. All arrived in perfect condition as promised. Good, fact-based story that makes you remmeber the trials and issues (that SEEM important) in school. Always makes me think about the real people these charaters are based on.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "goat-boysbaby" on 6 Dec. 2005
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Tori Spelling's acting range seems to be limited to rich and unlikable girls and this is what you have here. What makes this movie watchable, however, is Kellie Martin's emotional struggle to fit into high school life. This is unfortunately thwarted by the object of her obsession and a rich vs poor struggle ensues. Valerie Harper plays her mother, and handles the religious content sensitively, which seems to both balance and underpin the melodrama of the story. There are some excellent moments of tension and by the end you're rooting for Kellie Martin's character, even though you know what is coming is inevitable. All in all, a thought-provoking film which hits the mark frequently, and would appeal especially to the teenage market.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew D. Scobie on 14 Feb. 2013
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'Death of a Cheerleader' also known as 'A Friend to Die For' is an excellent film and one of the most thought provoking I have seen for a long time.
Kelly Martin plays Angela; an intelligent and friendly girl with close friends and a loving family. When Angela and her friend Jamie leave their old school to attend the prestigious Santa Mira High School, she is drawn in by the school's heavy emphasis on competition and "being the best". Things start of well for Angela when she is accepted into an exclusive service club called 'The Larks' and given a job in the school office. However Angela has her sights on befriending popular cheerleader and fellow office colleague and Lark Stacy Lockwood (played by Tori Spelling). Alongside being popular with both students and faculty Stacey is self-centered, arrogant and cruel and is not interested in being friends with her, brutally rebuffing all her efforts. Alongside Stacey's rejection things start to go downhill for Angela when she is not selected for a post on the school yearbook despite being a talented writer and fails cheerleading tryouts. Devastated she makes one final attempt to get Stacey to be her friend. Yet again she is rebuffed and an angry and disgusted Stacey declares she will tell the whole school how weird Angela is. In a fit of rage Angela stabs her multiple times and leaves her to die.
To me this is a very thought provoking film. As fellow reviewers have also acknowledged, how failure within a competitive environment such as a high school can drive a well adjusted and kind hearted girl to take another life is simply mind blowing to say the least.
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