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The Death of Richie (1977)

A sensitive but confused teenager feels pressure on him from all directions and turns to drugs, which causes problems for him in school and at home.

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George Werner
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Carol Werner
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Richie Werner
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Russell Werner
Shirley O'Hara ...
Mrs. Norlon
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Elaine
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Mr. Norlon
Jesse Emmett ...
Eddie
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Brick
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Peanuts
Harry Gold ...
Mark
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Sheila
Susan Pratt ...
Janie
Sean Roche ...
Pat
John Friedrich ...
Kurt
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A sensitive but confused teenager feels pressure on him from all directions and turns to drugs, which causes problems for him in school and at home.

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10 January 1977 (USA)  »

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Carol Werner: [after Richie has stumbled home high on reds and pot, Carol turns to George] What's wrong with him?
George Werner: [disgusted] Same thing as always.
[walks down the hall to Richie's room, not seeing him, finds hidden panel in closet leading to cubbyhole where Richie is withdrawing... George grabs him and hauls him out]
Richie Werner: Go away! Go away! Leave me alone! STOP IT! STOP IT!
[Richie runs out sobbing and into Carol's arms... she leads him out of the room while George destroys the cubbyhole's contents]
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15 April 2004 | by (Chicago, USA) – See all my reviews

There were many anti-drug made for TV movies in the 1970s. This is probably the best one of the lot (outside of "Go Ask Alice"). Robbie Benson was excellent in the role of a troubled teen who is caught up in drug addiction. There was a scene where he was in his room, crying after a particularly bad day at high school. Benson did an exemplary job of showing the kid's isolation and loneliness. Ben Gazarra was also excellent in the role of the father who ultimately has to made a hard decision concerning his son. I remember being outraged at the ending, but looking back on it, I understand why it had to come to that conclusion. I have noticed that some made for TV films have been released on video and DVD. This one should be released as well.


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