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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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Russell Werner
Shirley O'Hara ...
Mrs. Norlon
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Elaine
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Janie
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Pat
John Friedrich ...
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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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George Werner: [answering phone at home] Hello?
Principal: Mr. Werner?
George Werner: That's right.
Principal: [sternly] This is Jim Fischer, I'm the principal at the high school. Would you please come over and pick up your son?
George Werner: [concerned] What's the matter, is Richie sick or something?
Principal: So far this morning, he's threatened the study hall supervisor, was very abusive to me, and tried to attack the school nurse!
George Werner: [resignedly] I'll be right over.
[hangs up]
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Well-regarded TV-movie about a teenage addict...still relevant, despite an overlay of histrionics
8 August 2015 | by See all my reviews

Ben Gazzara and Robby Benson are solid as battling father and son in this true story about a teenage boy, rebellious and prone to joy-riding all night, who gets involved with drugs. His hard-working, long-suffering parents try to stop the downward spiral, but nothing can break through to their angry, apathetic kid, who seems intent on destroying himself. Despite dated trappings and an overemphasis on parents of addicts who cop out or turn a blind eye (designed to show all sides), the film still packs a small punch. John McGreevey's teleplay, adapted from the book "Richie" by Thomas Thompson, is a bit thick with writer's ink, and the pretensions show through (particularly in an early scene with the father giving a speech in his son's bedroom at two in the morning). However, director Paul Wendkos does a good job at steering us through the tragic circumstances, and the family's plight is certainly a heart-rending one.


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