Plot & Details
Jonathan Frakes is both star and producer of this made-for-TV fantasy, which originally aired as part of UPN's "Nightworld" movies series. Teenager Rachel Linden (Hayler DuMond) drowns as the end result of a nasty scheme hatched by Vanessa Cunningham (Shannon Elizabeth), Rachel's rival for the affection of Matt Jannett (Gabriel Mann). As her spirit leaves her body, Rachel is met by Will (Jonathan Frakes), a guardian angel assigned to gently escort the girl to the Next World. But vengeful Rachel refuses to leave until she can make Vanessa pay for her sins. With only token reluctance, Will arranges for Rachel to temporarily inhabit the body of her best friend Leslie Chambers (Linda Cardellini)--who, suffering from arythmia, may not be able to survive the habitation. It's a teen-oriented combo of Ghost and All of Me, with a major surprise at the climax. Dying to Live was first broadcast on April 22, 1999.
- Director(s): Rob Hedden