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Moment of Truth: Why My Daughter? (1993)

After a young prostitute is murdered and left in a rubbish heap, her mother does everything to track down the killer.

Director:

Chuck Bowman

Writer:

Liz Coe
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Linda Gray ... Gayle Moffitt
Jamie Luner ... Diana Moffitt
James Eckhouse ... Sergeant Jack Powell
Alanna Ubach ... April
Antonio Sabato Jr. ... A.J. Treece (as Antonio Sabáto Jr.)
Joseph Burke ... Harry Moffitt
Louis A. Lotorto Louis A. Lotorto ... Paul Moffitt
Lisa Sigell Lisa Sigell ... Laurie
Michael Lucas Michael Lucas ... Brian
Jan Burrell ... Susan Talgo
Kevin Quigley ... Charlie
Andrea White Andrea White ... Randi
J.R. Knotts J.R. Knotts ... Frank Nelson (as John 'JR' Knotts)
Vana O'Brien Vana O'Brien ... Judge Turkell
Jodi Taylor ... Doris Gilmore
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Drama, based on a true story, about a teenage girl, Diana, who inadvertently is sucked into the world of prostitution by her boyfriend-turned-pimp, A.J., whom starts abusing her and eventually murders her. In the aftermath of her death, her mother, Gayle, makes the crushing discovery of how the law views prostitutes (Diana's murder cause was listed as NHI, or "No Humans Involved"), plus the police is unable to charge A.J. with her murder due to a resulting lack of evidence. While working with police to land A.J. into prison on another related charge, Gayle meets another one of A.J. prostitutes, April, and begins learning things from her about A.J., plus helps her get out of the trade and back into her mother's arms. Written by lentzj1@tds.net

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The body of Diana Gail Moffitt was found on October 9, 1987 in a ditch Blossom Valley Road in El Cajon, San Diego, CA. She was 21-years old at the time of her death. See more »

Quotes

Gayle Moffitt: April?
April: Please, Mrs. Moffitt, I know what you're thinking.
Gayle Moffitt: No, you don't! Because all my thinking right now is very confused.
April: Well, AJ made bail this morning when I found out I was just too scared to leave my apartment.
Gayle Moffitt: So, that's why you're out here with a broken arm?
April: I had to show him I had come to my senses.
Gayle Moffitt: Look, AJ once begged Diana to drop the assault charges she filed against him. So I know how persuasive he can be.
April: He's not just persuasive. He's dangerous.
Gayle Moffitt: I know that too. But do you ...
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Deadly Streets
14 September 2014 | by TheBlueHairedLawyerSee all my reviews

Many people look down on prostitutes, whether it be police officers, adults, teenage kids, but in truth, how many prostitutes out there just started out as normal kids from loving homes, who got drawn into this horrible way to earn a living by charismatic men who turn out to care about nothing but money? Diana, an eighteen-year-old with a bright future, has just broken up with her jerky boyfriend, and meets an older guy at a rave party, A.J. (age 23). It's love at first sight, until her strict mom, Gayle, finds out that they had sex in her house. Diana, furious at her mom's opinion, moves in with A.J. while telling her mom she's at her dad's place, and vice-versa. She becomes a stripper, later a prostitute, and one morning, Gayle gets the worst news of her life... her daughter is dead.

With the help of Diana's friend April, a kind and caring police officer and her ex-husband, Gayle tries to uncover who murdered Diana, and why she'd choose to be with A.J., who turned out to be a pimp with many young girls working for him.

Why My Daughter? deserves better reviews. Unlike the usually cliché topics in Lifetime Movies (teen pregnancy, cutting, anorexia, etc.) Why My Daughter? addresses an issue most people don't want to think about. While solving Diana's murder, Gayle also learns that the world of prostitution is full of sleazy people, but also decent people just trying to make money in a harsh environment. April, Diana's stripper friend, with the help of Gayle is reunited with her own mom. Gayle also meets Charlie, the owner of a strip club who turns out to care a lot that Diana was murdered and offers to testify against A.J. (I don't think I'll be able to watch The Secret World of Alex Mack again though without thinking that Lars, same actor, is a chemical engineer by day, strip club owner by night). The soundtrack fit the movie very well, the acting was overall really good and it raises awareness of an issue that, despite the film's release date, it still on the rise today. It's an amazing and thought-provoking film, definitely worth seeing.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 April 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Why My Daughter?: A Moment of Truth See more »

Filming Locations:

Portland, Oregon, USA

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