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You Ruined My Life is a 1987 television film directed by David Ashwell. It originally aired as an episode of The Disney Sunday Movie, on February 1, 1987.


You Ruined My Life is about 11-year-old Minerva (Soleil Moon Frye), a girl who lives in a Las Vegas casino with her Uncle Howie (Allen Garfield), who spoils her by giving her everything she wants. Minerva gets into trouble and her strict Aunt Hermione (Edith Fields) threatens to take her away. Dexter, a clever Mathematics professor,(Paul Reiser) finds out a foolproof way to cheat and win in blackjack, but he is caught. Dexter is burdened with a gigantic gambling debt. Uncle Howie makes sure Dexter tutors Minerva so she can gain admissions into a private school. It takes a while for this arrangement to work out between Dexter and Minerva, but finally they make great strides and Minerva amazingly learns everything very quickly. She runs away by herself to take the exam and pass. Meanwhile, Dexter and Uncle Howie's assistant Charlotte played by Mimi Rogers fall in love.


  • Tammy Bass ... Casino Woman
  • Nan Brennan ... Marie
  • Tony Burton ... Moustache
  • Jerry Clark Cleary ... Doorman
  • Pepper Davis ... Garage Master
  • Joseph Dickey ... Reservation Clerk
  • Armand Farr ... Eddie
  • Edith Fields ... Aunt Hermoine
  • Soleil Moon Frye ... Minerva
  • Allen Garfield ... Howie
  • Bill Gratton ... Dean Harrison
  • S.A. Griffin ... Casino Guard
  • Elven Havard ... Policeman
  • Peter Lind Hayes ... Congressman Riley
  • Mary Healy ... Mrs. Riley
  • Thomas Hilliard ... Security Guard
  • Yoshi Hoover ... Yaki
  • Lew Hopson ... Trucker #1
  • Irwin Keyes ... Reginald
  • Maggie Mancuso ... Jennifer (as Maggie Peterson)
  • Red McIlvaine ... Maintenance Man
  • Spencer Milligan ... Detective
  • Ken Olfson ... Mr. Arnold
  • Madeline Parquette ... Female Dealer (as Delynn Gardner)
  • John Putch ... Winston
  • Lisa Raggio ... Lorraine
  • Paul Reiser ... Dexter Bunche
  • Mimi Rogers ... Charlotte
  • Lana Schwab ... Waitress
  • Sly Smith ... Pit Boss (as Sly-Ali Smith)
  • Sylvie Strause ... Maid
  • Todd Susman ... Jake
  • Alison Sweeney ... School Girl #1
  • Cecily Thompson ... School Girl #2
  • Harry Woolf ... Trucker #2
  • Angella Kaye ... School Girl (uncredited)


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