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The End of Innocence is a 1990 semi-autobiographical film starring, written and directed by Dyan Cannon.

The End of Innocence
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DVD artwork.
Directed byDyan Cannon
Produced byLeonard Rabinowitz
Stanley Fimberg
Written byDyan Cannon
StarringRebecca Schaeffer
Dyan Cannon
John Heard
Stephen Meadows
Music byMichael Convertino
CinematographyAlex Nepomniaschy
Edited byBruce Cannon
Distributed bySkouras Pictures
Release date
  • December 6, 1990 (1990-12-06)
Running time
102 minutes
CountryUnited States


Unwanted and ignored by her eternally squabbling parents, a young girl is spiritually torn apart by forces beyond her control. Her parents do further damage to her battered psyche by giving her mixed messages concerning sex and religion. However, her self-esteem dwindles to microscopic proportions on account of a series of worthless boyfriends. After suffering a nervous breakdown, she is placed in an asylum, where she is treated for the first time as a human being rather than a nuisance by a compassionate psychiatrist.



Rebecca Schaeffer's final theatrical film before her murder on July 18, 1989, and was released posthumously. The End of Innocence marks the film debut of future Days of Our Lives star Alison Sweeney.

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