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1 February 1973 (Netherlands) See more »
A pretty stupid time to fall in love. See more »
A cocky Harvard graduate transports a load of marijuana from Boston to Berkeley, California. His girlfriend gets busted with the second load. He and a friend go against a dirty cop and a Cuban gangster to get the load and the girl back. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Howard Gardner ... Lecturer

Robert F. Lyons ... Peter

Ellen Barber ... Annie

John Lithgow ... John

Joy Bang ... Sandra

Nancy Belle Fuller ... Avis Girl

Barbara Hershey ... Susan

Demond Wilson ... Rupert
Gene Borkan ... Musty
Herbert Kerr ... Emir
Ted Williams ... Receptionist
Buzzy Linhart ... Buzzy
Anitra Walsh ... Townie Girl
Paul Williams ... Barry

Charles Durning ... Murphy
Tom Harvey ... Captain Fry
Victor Junquera ... Cortez

Paul Sorvino ... Taxi Driver

Victor Argo ... 2nd Cuban

Hector Elias ... 3rd Cuban
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andy Arway ... Camille (uncredited)
Alan Aylward ... Homenides (uncredited)
Michael Burrell ... Tournel (uncredited)
Cayle Chernin ... Raymonde (uncredited)

John Kerr ... Stockbroker (uncredited)
Michael Kukulewich ... Chandebise (uncredited)

Barney Phillips ... Minor Role (voice) (uncredited)

Al Rossi ... Homeowner (uncredited)
William Wood ... Welder (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Williams 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Douglas Crichton  novel (as Michael Douglas)
Michael Crichton  novel (as Michael Douglas)
David Odell 
Paul Williams 

Produced by
Edward R. Pressman .... producer
Original Music by
Michael Small 
Cinematography by
Edward R. Brown 
Film Editing by
Sidney Katz 
Casting by
Sylvia Fay 
Production Design by
Gene Callahan 
Set Decoration by
Brian Beck 
Makeup Department
Ken Brooke .... makeup artist
James Keeler .... hair stylist
Production Management
Ben Chapman .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fred Gammon .... assistant director
Alan Simmonds .... assistant director
Art Department
Bill Wood .... property master
Sound Department
Russel Heise .... sound
Max Kleven .... stunt coordinator
Casting Department
Karen Hazzard .... casting associate (uncredited)
Other crew
Steve Bello .... creative consultant (as Stephen Bello)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Dealing" - International (English title) (short title)
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88 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Netherlands:18 (original rating) | USA:R

Did You Know?

'John Lithgow''s debut.See more »
Continuity: When Murphy enters the cab outside South Station, it's a 1971 Plymouth Satellite. When they get on Route 128 bound for Walden Pond, it grows into a '71 Plymouth Fury.See more »
Movie Connections:
Features Bullitt (1968)See more »
I Can't Turn You LooseSee more »


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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Good cast. Decent movie. Check it out., 11 December 2007
Author: lazarillo from Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile

This is the kind of movie that only could have been made in the 1970's in that its HERO is a drug trafficker (albeit, also attending Harvard Law School), yet rather being a morality tale, it's actually a love story! The casually amoral attitude towards drugs and drug-dealing and the low-budget 70's counterculture vibe makes it somewhat similar to "Easy Rider" (many forget that the anti-heroes in that movie finance their motorcycle trip across America with a big cocaine deal). Unlike "Easy Rider" however, this is not an iconic touchstone for what over the next 40 years would become the Most Annoying Generation (i.e. the Baby Boomers), so it's easier to appreciate this movie based on its own, admittedly flawed, merits. The beginning of this movie is kind of like "Easy Rider" in that it seems to not only be about people who smoke a lot of dope, but also made BY people who were smoking a lot of dope. About halfway through though it turns into a pretty decent counterculture crime drama.

A Harvard law student (Robert Lyons) is sent from Boston to San Francisco to smuggle back a shipment of dope. There he falls in love with an uninhibited young girl (Barbara Hershey). Back in Boston, he convinces the campus drug dealer (John Lithgow) who sent him to have the girl bring out another shipment, so he can see her again. She ends up getting busted, but the pair realize that half the load was apparently pinched by a corrupt cop (Charles Durning), so they plot to steal it back from some Cubans he sold it to. Unfortunately, complications arise when they accidentally steal $80,000 in heroin as well as the $4,000 in dope. . .

Robert Lyons was a semi-successful movie actor at the time (at least in weird counter-culture flicks like this and "The Todd Killings"), even if he's mostly a television actor now. He's a little stiff at times but generally functional as the lead. John Lithgow, in one of his earliest roles, is great as a fey Harvard theater director who is also the major campus drug supplier. The love story in the middle of all this would be pretty far-fetched if the girl in question were not played by uber-sexy Barbara Hershey, who was THE quintessential early 70's hippie chick. And right behind her in the quintessential early hippie chick race was Joy Bang, who is also in the cast as Lithgow's tough-as-nails girlfriend and financial partner. Good cast. Decent movie. Check it out.

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