"Left To Die" is a true-story movie based on the case of Sandra Chase and her daughter Tammi Chase. The movie, written by Suzette Couture, debuted on Lifetime in 2012 starring Barbara Hershey and Rachael Leigh Cook. Most of the real names were used in the fact-based drama.
"Left To Die," a Sony Pictures Entertainment film, follows Sandra, a single mother who accompanies her friend to Ecuador but later finds herself accused of drug trafficking. After she is thrown into an Ecuadorian prison, she must fight to survive the harsh conditions of a corrupt prison system, a dangerous prison environment and a language barrier. Meanwhile, her daughter back home in the United States, sees to it that her mother is freed, according to Deadbolt.com.
The real story came to the attention of the media in April 1997, when Rep. Corrine Brown, a congresswoman, flew to Ecuador to help free an American woman who had been falsely accused and wrongly imprisoned for drug trafficking. According to documents, Sandra Chase was arrested in 1995 after she accompanied Michael Abbatista on a trip to Ecuador. Abbatista was portrayed as the character, Nick, in the movie based on their case. It took almost two years before Chase was freed with the help and persistence of her daughter, Tammi Chase. Sandra, was returned to the U.S. in 1997, according to the Sun Sentinel.
The movie still airs on the Lifetime channels.