In 1975, two years after "The Exorcist", Linda Blair plays Sarah Travis, who as the movie begins already has a problem with alcohol... Linda Blair is in deep trouble again.
Her parents' recent divorce (and her mother's remarriage) and her move to a new school are not helping things.
Yes, Sarah drinks... Sarah drinks everyday and she's only 15 years. This movie is a teaching tool about a teenage girl struggling with alcoholism to cope with her feelings of insecurity and usual problems of adolescence.
Linda Blair plays her character flawless, and makes her role believable. Although it hasn't been on TV for over 20 years now, it's a movie that is a memorable one. It follows the trials and tribulations of a girl that just wants to fit in to her new surroundings, family situation, and school. The two scenes that stick out in my mind are: 1; Linda Blair singing "It's Too Late" (Carole King), 2; her AA councillor mentioning that alcohol gives at the beginning, then starts taking away from your life. I have never forgot that statement! It would be nice if this movie was available on VHS/DVD, because it is one of Linda Blair's best movies.
New stepfather, new school, new boyfriend (Mark Hamill, pre-Luke Skywalker) proves to be all too much for troubled high schooler Sarah Travis (Linda Blair), who hits the bottle hard. TV-drama goes over the top in places, but is otherwise a sensitive and moving portrait, not too campy. Best scenes have Sarah T. scheming to get her precious booze (she has the liquor store deliver it while "mom" is in the shower), or trying to steal vodka from a corner store. Made in the day when movies attempted to teach younger viewers a life lesson; I don't know if that worked, but "Sarah T." is a pretty realistic depiction of teen angst. Blair is letter-perfect in the lead, conveying all the tangible insecurities of this awkward age. Was there any other teenage actress in the 1970s who was this good at being this tortured ?
This movie is a teaching tool about a teenage girl struggling with alcoholism to cope with her feelings of fear...
Linda Blair, as usual is outstanding, she begins to have a nice body in this one, the future looks good for the rising star!
A powerful movie, HIGHLY recommended.
Directed by Richard Donner. With Linda Blair, (Larry Hagman "J.R. Ewing" Dallas), Verna Bloom.