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"Desperate Journey: The Allison Wilcox Story" is a true story based on real-life survivor Allison Wilcox. The movie debuted on ABC in December 1993 as a true television movie. It is directed by Dan Lerner and written by Jonathan Rintels. The cast stars John Schneider, Dana Ashbrook and Mel Harris as Allison Wilcox.

"Desperate Journey: The Allison Wilcox Story" synopsis/plot

After surviving cancer, a pregnant woman boards a small boat with her fiancee only to end up in a life or death situation after the boat capsizes. The movie recounts the harrowing tale of this woman's experience surviving in the middle of the ocean while pregnant.

According to the Movies Based On True Stories Archives, the true story made headlines in 1991 when a pregnant woman's boat capsized while on an excursion with several other experienced sailors. Allison Wilcox survived the most dire conditions but was later rescued after spending 12 days stranded at sea, according to the New York Times.

"Desperate Journey" contains themes of panic and terror related to being stranded on a sailboat.

The movie now airs from time to time on the cable channels, most notably Lifetime Movie Channel.

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