Filmed in Vancouver by Vin Di Bona Prods. and ABC Television Network. Executive producers, Vin Di Bona, Lloyd Weintraub; producer, Harry R. Sherman; director, Paul Schneider; writers, Carol Evan McKeand, Nigel McKeand; Based on a real-life story and starring former anorexia sufferer Tracey Gold (“Growing Pains”), this tale of a teenager pulled back from self-willed starvation is presented vividly enough to send any viewer out to raid the fridge.
Eighteen-year-old Nancy Walsh (Gold) is the youngest child in a seemingly well-adjusted family. Popular at school, she has no apparent reason to forswear food, to pull elaborate subterfuges to hide her affliction, or to resist medical help after her parents (Jill Clayburgh, William Devane) belatedly recognize her illness.
Story tiptoes around the nature of her cure and dissolves in pious cliches just about the moment the newly saved Nancy takes her first tentative nibble on a bagel, but its message is compelling: Eat something.
Filmed in comfortable upper-middle-class surroundings in Vancouver, under Paul Schneider’s laggardly pacing, the film tends to mope at times, as if there weren’t quite enough story for a two-hour slot. Given her own medical history, Gold’s identification with the anorexic Nancy cannot be doubted, and the views of her skin-and-bones physique are realistic. Her face, however, remains agreeably filled out. There’s just so much you can ask from a cast, however talented.