What happens when The Exorcist, Star Wars Superman and Dallas unite to get drunk? You get Sarah T: Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic. Back in 1975, this made-for-TV movie captivated America about the trouble of kids hitting the bottle. Linda Blair was riding high from her Oscar nominated performance as the possessed girl in The Exorcist and the out of control teenager in the hit TV movie Born Innocent. This time she was showing how an underaged kid can use and abuse beer and liquor to deal with her life. While this was a TV movie, it is filled with names that belong on a big theatrical release. First off Blair’s boyfriend is a pre-Luke Skywalker Mark Hamill (Big Red One). Her father is Larry Hagman from Dallas and I Dream of Jeannie. The supporting cast includes Verna Bloom (Hang ‘Em High), William Daniels (voice of K.I.T.T. on Knight Rider, Michael Lerner (Barton Fink & Godzilla) and M. Emmet Walsh (Bladerunner. The script was from the folks that brought us Dynasty. The film was directed by Richard Donner who helmed Goonies and Lethal Weapon. You’ll want to tune in to see this troubled teen trauma. Unlike your crummy TV with rabbit ears in the ’70s, you can see the film with big screen clarity as Shout! Factory brings Sarah T to Blu-ray. Here’s the press release with bonus features from Shout! Factory
SARAH T. – PORTRAIT OF A TEENAGE ALCOHOLIC
ARRIVES ON BLU-RAY™ JANUARY 29TH, 2019
FROM SHOUT! FACTORY
“Searing … ‘Sarah T: Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic’ tempers the more sensational aspects of the subject matter with some unforgettably poignant vignettes” – Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
Los Angeles, CA – Shout! Factory will release the iconic drama Sarah T. – Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic on Blu-ray on January 29th, 2019. This is the film’s first time on any home entertainment format, and Shout’s release sports a brand-new 2K scan of the original film elements. Sarah T. comes complete with bonus features, including new interviews with the film’s star Linda Blair, and with director Richard Donner and producer David Levinson. Fans can preorder this film now at shoutfactory.com.
Sarah Travis (Linda Blair) is an average teenager who is introduced to drinking alcohol at local parties. As a means of coping with problems in her life, most notably her parents’ divorce, Sarah starts to drink regularly and tries to keep her addiction a secret, even from her boyfriend (Mark Hamill). Eventually, Sarah’s increasingly severe drinking almost leads to tragedy, and she enters Alcoholics Anonymous, beginning an ongoing struggle to get sober and stay that way.
An all-star cast give heartrending performances in this riveting movie that’ll take you through the highs and lows of a girl battling her relentless addiction. Teenage drinkers like Sarah are often alcoholics at 12 and 13 and some even sooner. They’re raiding their parents liquor cabinets and bribing older friends to buy it for them. Sarah T. – Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic takes both a shocking and compassionate look at one girl’s story as she falls through the cracks and makes her way to rock bottom. Blair and Mark Hamill are terrific in this hard-hitting television film.
NEW 2K scan of the original film elements
NEW Linda B. on Sarah T. – an interview with Linda Blair
NEW Richard D. and David L. – Portrait of A TV Movie – an interview with director Richard Donner and producer David Levinson
About Shout! Factory
Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform media company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s entertainment offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials. In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast entertainment distribution network which delivers culturally relevant programming, movie and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America and across multiple platforms. Shout! Factory owns and operates Shout! Studios, Scream Factory, Shout! Factory Kids, Shout! Factory Films, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Timeless Media Group and Shout! Factory TV. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Los Angeles, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com.
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