KATHRYN MILLER It is a plot you could only expect to find in a Lifetime original movie, the network known for producing over-the-top women in jeopardy stories. In Friends Til the End (1997) a timid young girl named Zane is prodded by her oppressive mother to compete in a talent show in which she is clearly reluctant to perform.1 She mounts the stage and begins singing Stephen Foster's "Beautiful Dreamer." Her mother smiles encouragingly as the song heads toward its soaring high notes. Zane falters, the notes come out absurdly flat, and she leaves the stage in tears only to be berated by her mother for her failure. From this point on in the film, Zane, now a tortured, driven young woman, redirects her energies from the pursuit of her own beautiful dreams to the destruction of those who are doing better than her at their own musical aspirations, specifically Heather Romley, a character played with predictable results by Shannon Doherty. As the failed singer turned serial killer commits her crimes, Foster's song is heard again, on the soundtrack and through the menacing tinkle of a music box, to remind us--and her--of that pivotal moment of musical failure
American Music – University of Illinois Press
Published: Apr 24, 2012
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