The Death of Richie (1977)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  10 January 1977 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Werner
Carol Werner
Richie Werner
Russell Werner
Shirley O'Hara ...
Mrs. Norlon
John Zaremba ...
Mr. Norlon
Jesse Emmett ...
Harry Gold ...
Cindy Eilbacher ...
Susan Pratt ...
Sean Roche ...
John Friedrich ...


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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Carol Werner: [Carol has come into Richie's room on Christmas Eve to fetch him to socialize with his extended family... he's laying on his bed smoking a joint. Carol is shocked and dismayed] Put that out. Put it out and get out there and say hello to Grandma and Grandpa.
[Richie doesn't respond]
Carol Werner: Oh, please Richie... not tonight. It's Christmas Eve, please. Please get up and come with me.
Richie Werner: [slurred] I can't, Mom... I can't.
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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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