A Life Interrupted

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A Life Interrupted
Directed byStefan Pleszczynski
StarringLea Thompson
Country of originCanada
Original language(s)English
Original networkLifetime Television
Original release
  • April 23, 2007 (2007-04-23)
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A Life Interrupted is a 2007 Lifetime Television film directed by Stefan Pleszczynski and starring Lea Thompson. It was nominated in 2008 for the Best TV Movie Gemini Award.[1] It depicts events in the life of sexual assault victim Debbie Smith which led to the passage of the Debbie Smith Act.[2] in 2004.

On March 3, 1989, a man wearing a ski mask entered Debbie Smith's Williamsburg, Virginia, home and threatened her with a gun. He dragged her into the woods and blindfolded her before raping her repeatedly over the next hour. She participated in the collection of DNA evidence for a sexual assault evidence kit, but it was not formally tested and entered into the national criminal database until 1994. The film follows Debbie's fight for justice.



  1. ^ "Canada's Awards Database". Academy.ca. Archived from the original on 19 June 2014. Retrieved 2 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Understanding DNA Evidence: A Guide for Victim Service Providers". Ojp.gov. Retrieved 2 January 2015.

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