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Bright Lights, Big City
Director: James Bridges Release Year: 1988 Genres: drama Cast:Michael J. Fox, Kiefer Sutherland, Phoebe Cates, Swoosie Kurtz, John Houseman, Kelly Lynch, Tracy Pollan, Frances Sternhagen Runtime: 107 min Production Co: United Artists, CST Telecommunications, Mirage Enterprises Country: USA
Synopsis: Kansas kid Jamie Conway got employed in Gotham Magazine by claiming himself "fluent in French" but actually he was a French amateur himself. Jamie was a drug addict himself due to his wife leaving him and go Paris for her fashion show but she did not find him when she came back to New York. Finally Jamie lost his job due to a French message 4 mistakes. Megan was worried about Jamie and comforted Jamie about Amanda's leaving. Conversely, Jamie's friend introduced Vicky to Jamie and finally Vicky replaced Amanda and become Jamie's best female friend. Jamie finally realized that life can be very optimistic, just depends on how you think about your life, and how you wish to decorate your life.
Director: Gus Van
Sant Release Year: 1988 Genres: drama Cast:Matt Dillon, Kelly Lynch, James Remar, James Le Gros, Heather Graham, Beah Richards, Grace Zabriskie,
William S. Burroughs, Max Perlich Runtime: 100 min Production Co: Avenue Country: USA
Synopsis: The operative word in Drugstore Cowboy is "drug". Matt Dillon plays the leader of a group of dopeheads who wander around the country robbing pharmacies to feed their habits. Dillon's chums include doltish James Le Gros and teen-age junkie Heather Graham; also along for the ride is Dillon's wife Kelly Lynch. Their nemesis is cop James Remar, whom Dillon takes perverse delight in humiliating. When one of the young addicts dies of an overdose, it promps Dillon to try to go straight, a task complicated by wife Lynch's determination to stay high and by the corrupting presence of an ex-priest, played by Naked Lunch author William Burroughs. Drugstore Cowboy was director Gus Van Sant's breakthrough picture.
Director: Clint Eastwood Release Year: 1988 Genres: drama, biography, music Cast: Forest Whitaker, Diane Venora, Michael Zelniker, Samuel E. Wright, Keith David, Michael McGuire Runtime: 161 min Production Co: Malpaso Company, Warner Bros. Pictures Country: USA
Synopsis: Saxophone player Charlie Parker comes to New York in 1940. He is quickly noticed for his remarkable way of playing. He becomes a drug addict but his loving wife Chan tries to help him.
Clean and Sober
Director: Glenn Gordon Caron Release Year: 1988 Genres: drama Cast: Michael Keaton, Kathy Baker, Morgan Freeman, Tate Donovan, Claudia Christian Runtime: 117 min Production Co: Warner Bros. Pictures, Imagine Films Entertainment Country: USA
Synopsis: Michael Keaton plays Daryl Poynter, a hot shot real estate agent who just happens to have a cocaine and drinking problem. One morning, he wakes up to find a dead woman in his bed (someone he had been partying with the night before) from a cocaine overdose. He also just happens to receive a phone call from his employers telling him a huge sum of money is missing from one of his accounts. Panicking, Daryl decides to check into a drug rehab to hide from the law, where he meets tough cookie Morgan Freeman. A recovering addict himself, he now works as a drug counselor, and knows all the tricks Daryl tries to pull. Soon Daryl discovers he just might be in the right place, after all.
Less Than Zero
Director: Marek Kanievska Release Year: 1987 Genres: drama Cast: Andrew McCarthy, Jami Gertz, Robert Downey Jr., James Spader, Tony Bill, Nicholas Pryor, Donna Mitchell, Michael Bowen, Sarah Buxton, Lisanne Falk, Michael Greene Runtime: 98 min Production Co: Twentieth Century Fox Country: USA
Synopsis: Clay, an eighteen-year-old freshman, comes back from his first term at a college in New Hampshire to spend his Christmas vacation with his broken-up wealthy family in Los Angeles. His former girlfriend, Blair, is now involved with his ex-best-friend, Julian. She warns Clay that Julian needs help: he is using a lot of cocaine and has huge debts. What follows is a look at the youth culture of wealthy post adolescents in Beverly Hills with a strong anti-drug message.
Based on the book: Bret Easton Ellis "Less Than Zero"
Sid and Nancy
Director: Alex Cox Release Year: 1986 Genres: drama Cast:Gary Oldman, Chloe Webb, Drew
Schofield, David Hayman, Debby Bishop, Tony London Runtime: 108 min Production Co: Initial Entertainment Group Country: USA, United Kingdom
Synopsis: Morbid biographical story of Sid Vicious, bassist with British punk group the Sex Pistols, and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen. When the Sex Pistols break up after their fateful US tour, Vicious attempts a solo career while in the grip of heroin addiction. One morning, Nancy is found stabbed to death and Sid is arrested for her murder.
Overdose 2 /El Pico 2/
Director: Eloy de la Iglesia Release Year: 1984 Genres: drama Cast: Jose Luis Manzano, Fernando Guillen, Andrea Albani, Jaume Valls, Jose Luis Fernandez, Valentin Paredes, Gracita Morales Runtime: 117 min Production Co: Opalo Films Country: Spain
Synopsis: Sequel to El Pico. Paco, son of a member of the Civil Guard, gets involved with drug pushers and is arrested. On leaving jail he meets up with a friend he met there, and the boy’s father arrests his own son.
Overdose /El Pico/
Director: Eloy de la Iglesia Release Year: 1983 Genres: drama Cast: Jose Luis Manzano, Jose Manuel Cervino, Luis Iriondo, Enrique San Francisco, Andrea Albani, Marta Molins, Alfred Lucchetti Runtime: 105 min Production Co: Opalo Films Country: Spain
Synopsis: The subjects broached by this fast-paced film with lurid, emotive, or just plain tabloid-level events involve both drugs and the actions of the Civil Guard, or Spanish national police. Two young men have been trapped into selling drugs to support their cocaine habit, the father of one is a Civil Guard and the father of other, a Basque separatist. Even though the young addicts successfully go cold turkey, the prostitute they live with gets them back into the habit again and this time, the results are much more serious.
Director: Slava Tsukerman Release Year: 1982 Genres: trash, drama, ski-fi Cast: Anne Carlisle, Paula Sheppard, Susan Doukas, Otto von Wernherr, Bob Brady,
Elaine C. Grove, Stanley
Knap, Jack Adalis Runtime: 112 min Production Co: Cinevista Country: USA
Synopsis: Invisible aliens in a tiny flying saucer come to Earth looking for heroin. They land on top of a New York apartment inhabited by a drug dealer and her female, androgynous, bisexual nymphomaniac lover, a fashion model. The aliens soon find the human pheromones created in the brain during orgasm preferable to heroin, and the model's casual sex partners begin to disappear. This increasingly bizarre scenario is observed by a lonely woman in the building across the street, a German scientist who is following the aliens, and an equally androgynous, drug-addicted male model. (Both models are played by Anne Carlisle, in a dual role.) Darkly funny and thoroughly weird.
Christiane F. /Christiane F. Wir Kinder Vom Bahnhof Zoo/
Edel Release Year: 1981 Genres: drama Cast: Natja Brunckhorst,
Thomas Haustein, Jens
Kuphal, Christiane Reichelt, Daniela Jaeger, David Bowie Runtime: 124 min Production Co: Maran Film Country: Germany (FRG)
Synopsis: This movie portrays the drug scene in Berlin in the 1970s, following tape recordings of Christiane F. 14-year-old Christiane lives with her mother and little sister in a typical multi-story apartment building in Berlin. She's fascinated by 'The Sound', a new disco with the most modern equipment. Although legally she's too young, she asks a friend to take her. There, she meets Detlef, who's in a clique where everybody's on drugs. Step by step she gets drawn deeper into the scene.
Based on the book: Christiane F. "Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo"
Out of the Blue
Director: Dennis Hopper Release Year: 1980 Genres: drama Cast: Linda Manz, Dennis Hopper, Sharon Farrell, Don Gordon, Raymond Burr, Eric Allen, Fiona Brody, David L. Crowley, Joan Hoffman, Carl Nelson Runtime: 93 min Production Co: Robson Street Country: Canada
Synopsis: A young girl whose father is an ex-convict biker and whose mother is a junkie has a difficult time coping with her parents' problems.
Where the Buffalo Roam
Director: Art Linson Release Year: 1980 Genres: comedy Cast:Bill Murray, Peter Boyle, Bruno Kirby, Rene Auberjonois, R.G. Armstrong, Danny Goldman, Rafael Campos, Leonard Frey, Leonard Gaines, DeWayne Jessie, Mark Metcalf, Jon Shear, Joe Ragno, Quinn K. Redeker, Lisa Taylor Runtime: 99 min Production Co: Universal Pictures Country: USA
Synopsis: The deranged adventures of Gonzo journalist Hunter Thompson and his attorney Oscar Acosta, referred to in the movie as "Laslow". Thompson attempts to cover the Super Bowl and the 1972 Presidential election in his typical drug-crazed state, but it continually and comically sidetracked by his even more twisted friend Laslow. Allegedly based on actual events.
Based on the book: Hunter S. Thompson "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas"
Luna /La Luna/
Director: Bernardo Bertolucci Release Year: 1979 Genres: drama Cast: Jill Clayburgh,
Alida Valli Runtime: 136 min Production Co: 20th Century Fox Country: USA
Synopsis: Recently widowed American opera diva Caterina takes her teenaged son Joe with her on a long singing tour to Italy. Absorbed in her hectic work in various Verdi operas around Rome, Caterina is soon shocked to discover that her troubled and lonely son has become a heroin addict. Her desperate attempts to wean the youth off the drug result in an incestuous relationship, but also in a possibility to reunite Joe -- maybe even herself -- with his real father, whose existence she has kept a secret from him.
Director: Franc Roddam Release Year: 1979 Genres: drama Cast: Phil Daniels, Leslie Ash, Philip Davis, Ray Winstone, Sting Runtime: 115 min Production Co: The Who Films Country: United Kingdom
Synopsis: London, 1965: Like many other youths, Jimmy hates the philistine life, especially his parents and his job in a company's mailing division. Only when he's together with his friends, a 'Mod' clique, cruises London on his motor-scooter and hears music such as that of 'The Who' and 'The High Numbers', he feels free and accepted. However, it's a flight into an illusionary world.
France Societe Anonyme
Director: Alain Corneau Release Year: 1974 Genres: crime, drama, sci-fi Cast: Michel Bouquet,
Allyn Ann McLerie,
Yves Afonso Runtime: 97 min Production Co: Albina Productions S.a.r.l., V.M. Productions Country: France
Synopsis:In the year 2222, a former drug dealer is kept in a state of hibernation. Reanimated, he tells his story. Leader in the narcotics market, his situation was prosperous until, during a political change, the government legalized its use.
Go Ask Alice
Director:John Korty Release Year: 1973 Genres: drama Cast: William Shatner,
Ayn Ruymen, Jamie Smith-Jackson Runtime: 74 min Production Co: Metromedia Producers Corporation Country: USA
Synopsis:When she falls in with the wrong crowd, a shy teenager named Alice slowly descends into a world of drugs and prostitution, in the late American 1960's, much to the growing horror of her suburbanite mother and father. Based on the 1971 best-seller that claimed to be a real teen's diary, the made-for-TV movie co-stars Andy Griffith as a caring priest who reaches out to the wayward Alice.
Based on the book: "Go Ask Alice"
Director: Gordon Parks Jr. Release Year: 1972 Genres: crime Cast: Ron O'Neal, Carl Lee, Sheila Frazier, Julius Harris Runtime: 93 min Production Co: Superfly Country: USA
Synopsis: Super Fly is a cocaine dealer who begins to realize that his life will soon end with either prison or his death. He decides to build an escape from the life by making his biggest deal yet, converting the coke to cash and running off to start a new life. The problem is that the Mob does not have a retirement plan and will give him a choice of staying and selling for them or dying if they find out his intentions.
The Panic in Needle Park
Director: Jerry Schatzberg Release Year: 1971 Genres: drama, crime Cast: Al Pacino, Kitty Winn, Alan Vint, Kiel Martin, Michael McClanathan, Richard Bright Runtime: 105 min Production Co: Gadd Productions Corp. Country: USA
Synopsis: This movie is a stark portrayal of life among a group of heroin addicts who hang out in "Needle Park" in New York City. Played against this setting is a low-key love story between Bobby, a young addict and small-time hustler, and Helen, a homeless girl who finds in her relationship with Bobby the stability she craves. She becomes addicted too, and life goes downhill for them both as their addiction deepens, eventually leading to a series of betrayals. But, in spite of it all, the relationship between Bobby and Helen endures.
Born to Win
Director: Ivan Passer Release Year: 1971 Genres: drama, crime Cast: George Segal, Karen Black, Robert De Niro, Paula Prentiss, Jay Fletcher, Hector Elizondo, Ed Madsen, Marcia Jean Kurtz, Irving Selbst , Tim Pelt, Jose Perez, Sylvia Simms Runtime: 85 min Production Co: Edward Spector Productions Inc., Segal-Tokofsky Productions Inc. Country: USA
Synopsis: Born to Win is the grimly ironic title of this jet-black comedy about heroin addicts. George Segal plays Jay Jay, an ex-hairdresser who struggles to support his expensive drug habit. To avoid arrest, Jay Jay turns "narc," informing on his fellow junkies. Eventually Jay Jay's sense of self-hatred threatens to overwhelm him. Also released as Born to Lose and Addict, Born to Win was the first American film for Czech director Ivan Passer.
Director: John G. Avildsen Release Year: 1970 Genres: drama Cast: Peter Boyle, Dennis Patrick, Audrey Caire, Susan Sarandon, Patrick McDermott, Tim Lewis, Estelle Omens Runtime: 107 min Production Co: Country: USA
Synopsis: Bill, a wealthy businessman, confronts his junkie daughter's drug-dealing boyfriend; in the ensuing argument, Bill kills him. Panic-stricken, he wanders the streets and eventually stops at a bar. There he runs into a drunken factory worker named Joe, who hates hippies, blacks, and anyone who is "different", and would like to kill one himself. The two start talking, and Bill reveals his secret to Joe. Complications ensue.
Higher and Higher /Ich - ein Groupie/
Director: Fred Williams Release Year: 1970 Genres: drama, erotica, music Cast: Ingrid Steeger, Rolf Eden, Vivian Weiss, Sharon Richardson, Terry Mason Runtime: 75 min Production Co: Country: Germany (FRG), Switzerland
Synopsis: A beautiful blonde hooks up with a rock star, and after a night of sex and drugs, he leaves. She, though, has fallen madly in love with him, and sets out with her girlfriend across Europe to track him down. On the way, however, she gets mixed up with everyone from a gang of nasty bikers to a ring of devil worshipers.
Director: Paul Morrissey Release Year: 1970 Genres: drama Cast: Joe Dallesandro, Holly Woodlawn, Geri Miller, Andrea Feldman, John Putnam, Jane Forth, Bruce Pecheur, Diane Podel, Roberto D'Alessandro, Michael Sklar, Sissy Spacek Runtime: 105 min Production Co: Filmfactory Country: USA
Synopsis: This Andy Warhol production finds Joe Dallesandro as Joe, a lice-ridden impotent junkie who lives with Holly in a Lower East Side slum in New York. Holly is a transvestite who spends time collecting trash, going to the Fillmore East, and cruising for sex. Joe is only interested in his next fix, and graphic displays of needles piercing flesh and degrading human situations deglamorize drug use better than any board of education film or public service messages. Jane is the acid casualty housewife who listens to Pink Floyd. Male and female nudity and masturbation are featured. The color process is not credited, but technical aspects are better overall than most previous Warhol productions. Woodlawn was the inspiration for the Lou Reed song "Take a Walk on the Wild Side."
Schroeder Release Year: 1969 Genres: drama Cast: Mimsy Farmer, Klaus Grunberg, Heinz Engelmann,
Michel Chanderli, Henry Wolf, Louise Wink Runtime: 117 min Production Co: Jet Films, Les Films du Losange Country: France, USA
Synopsis: In the late 60's, after graduating in Mathematics, the German Stefan Bruckner hitchhikes from Lubeck to Paris to see the world without money. He befriends Charlie in an arcade and they go to a party. When Stefan meets gorgeous American Estelle Miller in the party, Charlie advises him to stay away from her. However, the straight Stefan falls in love with Estelle and after breaking in a house with Charlie to rob, he follows her to Ibiza. Stefan seeks the hotel of his fellow citizen Dr. Ernesto Wolf where Estelle is lodged. He asks her to leave the place and stay with him in an isolated seaside house. Before leaving the hotel, Estelle steals some money and a pack from Wolf. Sooner Stefan learns that Estelle had stolen 200 doses of heroin and he decides to try one fix with her, in the beginning of his trip to hell.
Valley of the Dolls
Director: Mark Robson Release Year: 1967 Genres: drama Cast: Barbara Parkins, Patty Duke, Paul Burke, Sharon Tate, Tony Scotti, Martin Milner, Charles Drake, Alexander Davion, Lee Grant, Naomi Stevens, Richard Dreyfuss Runtime: 124 min Production Co: Red Lion Country: USA
Synopsis: Anne Welles, a bright, brash young New England college grad leaves her Peyton Place-ish small town and heads for Broadway, where she hopes to find an exciting job and sophisticated men. During her misadventures in Manhattan and, later, Hollywood, she shares experiences with two other young hopefuls: Jennifer North, a statuesque, Monroe-ish actress who wants to be accepted as a human being, but is regarded as a sex object by all the men she meets, and Neely O'Hara, a talented young actress who's accused of using devious means by a great older star to reach the top, pulling an "All About Eve"-type deception in order to steal a good role away from her.
Based on the book: Jacqueline Susann "Valley of the Dolls"
Long Day's Journey Into Night
Director: Sidney Lumet Release Year: 1962 Genres: drama Cast: Katharine Hepburn, Ralph Richardson, Jason Robards, Dean Stockwell, Jeanne Barr Runtime: 170 min Production Co: Country: USA
Synopsis: Author Eugene O'Neill gives an autobiographical account of his explosive homelife, fused by a drug-addicted mother, a father who wallows in drink after realizing he is no longer a famous actor and an older brother who is emotionally unstable and a misfit. The family is reflected by the youngest son, who is a sensitive and aspiring writer.
Confessions of an Opium Eater
Director: Albert Zugsmith Release Year: 1962 Genres: drama Cast: Vincent Price, Linda Ho, Richard Loo, June Kyoto Lu, Philip Ahn, Yvonne Moray Runtime: 85 min Production Co: Photoplay Country: USA
Synopsis: Gilbert de Quincey is an early 19th-century adventurer involved with helping runaway slave girls and victims of a tong war in San Francisco. Garbed in black from head to toe, de Quincey narrates his adventures. At the slave auction where beautiful Oriental girls are displayed in hanging bamboo cages, de Quincey befriends a tiny wisecracking female Oriental dwarf.
Bigger Than Life
Director: Nicholas Ray Release Year: 1956 Genres: drama Cast: James Mason, Barbara Rush, Christopher Olsen, Walter Matthau, Robert Simon, Roland Winters Runtime: 91 min Production Co: Twentieth Century Fox Country: USA
Synopsis: Schoolteacher and family man Ed Avery, who's been suffering bouts of severe pain and even blackouts, is hospitalized with what's diagnosed as a rare inflammation of the arteries. Told by doctors that he probably has only months to live, Ed agrees to an experimental treatment: doses of the hormone cortisone. Ed makes a remarkable recovery, and returns home to his wife, Lou, and their son, Richie. He must keep taking cortisone tablets regularly to prevent a recurrence of his illness. But the "miracle" cure turns into its own nightmare as Ed starts to abuse the tablets, causing him to experience increasingly wild mood swings.
The Man with the Golden Arm
Director: Otto Preminger Release Year: 1955 Genres: drama Cast:Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak, Robert Strauss, Darren McGavin, Arnold Stang, Eleanor Parker, George Mathews, John Conte, Doro Merande, George E. Stone Runtime: 119 min Production Co: Otto Preminger Films, Carlyle Productions Country: USA
Synopsis: Recently released from prison, Frankie is determined to set his life in order -- and that means divesting himself of his drug habit. He dreams of becoming a jazz drummer, but his greedy wife Eleanor Parker wants him to continue his lucrative gambling activities. Since Parker is confined to a wheelchair as a result of a car accident caused by Frankie, he's in no position to refuse. Only the audience knows that Parker is not crippled, but is faking her invalid status to keep Frankie under her thumb. Gambling boss Robert Strauss wants Frankie to deal at a high-stakes poker game; terrified that he's lost his touch, Frankie asks dope pusher Darren McGavin to supply him with narcotics.
Based on the book: Nelson Algren "The Man with the Golden Arm"