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
Cindy Eilbacher ...
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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Richie Werner: [Richie has taken 'reds' to confront his father about his intervention of going to the police... George has retreated to the basement] YOU! Did you tell those cops I use dope, huh? HUH?
Carol Werner: [Richie throws bucket from basement steps in his father's direction] Richie, stop it!
Richie Werner: I asked you a question! I want an answer, huh?
[picks up an awl and feigns jabs at George]
Richie Werner: Did you tell those cops I use dope? You answer me!
Richie Werner: [George reaches behind himself to a pistol in his toolbox] HUH? I got you now, you answer...
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Well-regarded TV-movie about a teenage addict...still relevant, despite an overlay of histrionics
8 August 2015 | by (las vegas, nv) – 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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