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Stakeout on Dope Street (1958)

Three teenagers find a briefcase with a beat-up old can in it. They throw away the can and pawn the suitcase. When they read in the papers that the can was full of uncut heroin and belonged... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yale Wexler ...
Jim Bowers
Jonathan Haze ...
Julian 'Ves' Vespucci (as Jonathon Haze)
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Nick Raymond (as Morris Miller)
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Kathy
Allen Kramer ...
Danny
Herman Rudin ...
Mitch Swardurski
Philip Mansour ...
Lenny Potter (as Phillip Mansour)
Frank Harding ...
Capt. Richard R. Allen
William Shaw ...
Chuck (as Bill Shaw)
Andrew J. Fenady ...
Stan (as A.J. Fenady)
Slate Harlow ...
Officer Lynn Donahue
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Mr. Fennel
Carol Nelson ...
Nick's girl
Edward Schaaf ...
Samuel Alber (as Ed Schaff)
Matt Resnick ...
Sgt. Fred Matthews
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Three teenagers find a briefcase with a beat-up old can in it. They throw away the can and pawn the suitcase. When they read in the papers that the can was full of uncut heroin and belonged to a drug dealer who killed two narcotics agents in a shootout, they go back to look for the can, find it, and decide to go into the heroin selling business. However, the drug dealer's gang also wants the heroin, finds out the boys have it, and sets out to hunt them down and get back their dope. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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A bomb-blast!! What happens when kids get their hands on dope! See more »

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3 May 1958 (USA)  »

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De straat der verdoving  »

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$35,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Feature film debut for director Irvin Kershner. See more »

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Officer Lynn Donahue: Nick and Ves had passed the earlier part of the afternoon looking at clothes, sporting equipment, bongo drums, and other racy items for kids their age.
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Very ordinary despite the interesting plot idea
30 November 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Stakeout on Dope Street" is a decent film when it comes to the plot idea, but nothing, I mean NOTHING, makes the film particularly compelling. It should have been a lot more interesting than it was.

The film begins with a very gritty shootout--one where two cops are shot as well as one of the criminals. However, in the process, a briefcase full of pure, uncut heroin is lost. And, shortly afterwords, three young men discover the drugs and decide to get rich selling it. Two of the guys have no problem with this--but the third gets cold feet because he's worried about creating addicts just like the guy they hired to sell the stuff. However, once the guys start selling, it's inevitable that the guys who lost it will come looking.... If you want to find out what's next, see the film.

While the plot idea sounds interesting, this low-budget film never excited me--and several times I found myself nodding off during the movie. It's not a terrible film--just not a very interesting one. See it if you'd like, but you could do better.


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