Lifetime TV Movie Left To Die Based On False Imprisonment
Lifetime TV is currently producing the film “Left To Die” to premiere in 2013 based on the true story of Sandra Chase who was falsely accused of drug smuggling on a vacation to Italy. The film will star Barbara Hershey, who will play Sandra Chase, and Rachel Leigh Cook, who will play the role of Sandra’s daughter, Tammi Chase. Michael Hyatt will play the role of Congresswoman Brown, the Florida Representative who was responsible for aiding in Sandra’s release from prison.
In December 1995 Sandra Chase and her male travel companion were both arrested in Ecuador and accused of trying to smuggle in 1,000 grams of cocaine. Sandra Chase was imprisoned in Quito for two years, and everything that she had was stolen from her, including her underwear.
While in prison she experienced beatings from other inmates, crowded cell conditions, and agonizing pain from a medical condition that she had called scleroderma. She could not communicate with others well because of the language barriers, and the other inmates looked down on her because she didn’t speak their language.
Ecuador had a tough drug law that does not allow bail and assumes guild until the person can be proven innocent. Even after being proven innocent some inmates are forced to stay in prison. Her daughter, Tammi Chase, used her savings and also sold her mother’s Hollywood home in order to pay the police in Ecuador to release her mother.
U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Jacksonville arranged for Sandra Chase to finally be released two years later, citing humanitarian concerns because of Sandra’s medical condition of scleroderma. After her ordeal Chase stated, “I have a very bad attitude about traveling. I never want to travel again.”
Barbara Hershey (playing the role of Sandra Chase) is best known for her role of Erica Sayers/The Queen in “The Black Swan.” Hershey also won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special for A Killing in a Small Town.
Rachel Leigh Cook is best known for her role opposite Freddie Prinze, Jr. in “She’s All That.”
“Left To Die” will air on Lifetime TV in 2013. The exact date is unknown at this time.
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