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Death Drug (1978)

PG-13 | | Drama
A young man in Los Angeles dreams of striking it big as a singer in the music business. One day he gets signed to a big record contract, but along with the fame and money he develops an addiction to the drug PCP.

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Jesse
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Carolyn (as Verne Watson)
Rosalind Cash ...
Doctor
Frankie Crocker ...
Drug dealer
John Poole ...
Record executive
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Melvin
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Robert Burgos ...
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Mr. Simms (as Rick Mancini)
Larry McCormick ...
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A young man in Los Angeles dreams of striking it big as a singer in the music business. One day he gets signed to a big record contract, but along with the fame and money he develops an addiction to the drug PCP.

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The first hit didn't cost him anything .

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Additional material was added to the home video release such as an intro and outro by Philip Michael Thomas, talking about his acting accomplishments (including his role as Detective Ricardo Tubbs in Miami Vice (1984)) and the dangers of drugs. Notably Philip Michael Thomas music video of his song "Just The Way I Planned It" was inserted into the film to create the impression it was performed by "Jesse" the main character. The additional material also includes newly filmed segments inserted into the original movie. See more »

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Just The Way I Planned It
Written & Sung By Phillip Michael Thomas
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One of the funniest anti-drug films ever made
22 December 2007 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

At least the makers of this film used PCP as its subject instead of marijuana, as angel dust is a legitimately life-threatening drug. However, this is still just as naive as the drug scare films of the 30s such as "Reefer Madness" and just as completely inept as well. This film stinks on just about every level. The acting is abyssal and over-the-top, the direction is the most uninteresting imaginable, the screenplay highly unrealistic, and lets not even mention the soundtrack.

Fortunately, this is also one of the single funniest films I've seen in a long while. A few years before he became a star on "Miami Vice", Philip Michael Thomas took on the lead role in this. Trust me folks, he was an even worse actor than. Watching him attempt to emote, rant maniacally, and have berserk hallucinations provides a lot of entertainment value. Hes the whole show here. The film is just so chock full of hilarious moments and the dated jive dialog is a hoot ("This is whack baby, the stick with the kick, you'll get so high you'll need a parachute to come down"). A must-see for bad movie lovers. (5/10)


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