Young Juliette Lewis should have had an Oscar nomination for her stunning portrayal of 14 year old trailer trash Amanda Sue Bradley in this heart-wrenching drama, based on a true story. Raped by her stepfather, dumped by her mother and abandoned by her teenage husband, Amanda finds herself penniless, hungry and alone in an Oklahoma town. There, she falls under the influence of local lowlife Billy (Brad Pitt), who leads her to a life of drugs, strip joints and prostitution. Kindly divorced Army sergeant Mike (Michael O'Keefe) rescues her, and takes her into his home as his housekeeper. That is, until his Army bosses learn he is living with a minor and Amanda is out on the street again. Back with Billy, the pair embark on a drugs binge that leads to the murder of Mike, arrest, and the question posed by the film's title: should the 14 year old Amanda have been tried for her crime as an adult and sentenced to die in a gas chamber? Spot-on acting, snappy direction and vivid on-location filming make this movie a great accomplishment for all involved, but it's Juliette Lewis who steals every scene. She is so believable as the innocent child who wants only to love and be loved, but who is abused, betrayed and turned away at every step in her short life, it will tear your heart out. Watch this movie and weep. I did.