A Life Interrupted

A Life Interrupted
Genre Drama
Directed by Stefan Pleszczynski
Starring Lea Thompson
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
Original network Lifetime 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. Retrieved 2 January 2015.
  2. "Understanding DNA Evidence: A Guide for Victim Service Providers". Ojp.gov. Retrieved 2 January 2015.

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