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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Mark
Cindy Eilbacher ...
Sheila
Susan Pratt ...
Janie
Sean Roche ...
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: [George has played the tape of a phone call he recorded between Richie and Brick... he shuts it off] You boys heard enough? Now that's just a sample! I have a few more of these cassettes!
Peanuts: [indignant] What're you gonna do with them?
George Werner: [snatching hat from Peanuts' head and shoving it into his chest] I should tell the police... and that would be the finish of anybody on parole.
[he glares pointedly at a stricken Brick]
George Werner: But I think the fair thing to do is to call your parents.
Peanuts: Don't call my folks! They ...
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Effective made-for-TV movie
10 February 2013 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

"The Death Of Richie", more than thirty-five years later, remains a pretty effective made-for-television movie. It is fairly tough going at times, for several reasons. The main reason is that it portrays drug addiction in a pretty realistic fashion, showing that there is no easy way out of the situation for both the addict and his loved ones. Another reason is with the character of Richie. He is a pretty unlikable fellow, though after some time I realized that may have been the point, to show that drugs can make anyone into a repulsive sort of person. Benson gives an excellent performance as Richie, though Ben Gazarra also deserves kudos portraying the struggling father who is not completely sympathetic. If there is a flaw in the movie, it may be that it does not illustrate how Richie got into drugs in the first place - the movie starts in the middle of his addiction. Though I do realize that movies don't always have the time to show every detail of a situation.


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