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Death Drug (1978)

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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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Drug dealer
John Poole ...
Record executive
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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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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 »


Just The Way I Planned It
Written & Sung By Phillip Michael Thomas
Courtesy of Atlantic Records & Tapes
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Hey, it's that Tubbs guy from "Miami Vice"! And he's a junkie!
25 March 2010 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

"Death Drug" begins with the end credits… Now, before you start thinking this has a deeper ambitious or artistic meaning, like in "Irreversible" or "Memento" for example, let me just assure you this isn't the case. This is purely a little illustration of the clumsy editing and amateurish production values this movie is dealing with. Remember "Reefer Madness"; the awful but unintentionally amusing 30's tutorial project about the dangers of drugs? "Death Drug" is something similar, made in the late 70's and with heavy blaxploitation influences, with a completely fictional, grotesque and laughable plot. Philip Michael Thomas, that Tubbs guy from "Miami Vice", is a struggling plumber who's finally beginning to have some luck regarding his aspiring music career. But then he becomes addicted to PCP – a drug known on the street as Angel Dust – and his whole life goes down the drain in various phases, including ignorance, paranoia, aggression and hallucination. His loving wife tries to help, but first he has to admit there's a problem and blah blah blah. This is a brilliantly inept movie! There's nothing even remotely decent about this production, and the only reason why I want to recommend "Death Drug" is because it delivers guaranteed laughs. The script is incoherent as hell, since Tubbs goes from the denial phase straight to rehabilitation. Here's a rundown of some of coolest side effects Angel Dust causes you to do: hunt down imaginary rats in a pile of oranges, battle giant spiders crawling on your shirt in the middle of a grocery store and accusing everybody of conspiring against you. Oh, and eventually you die because you challenged a truck to a game of chicken. After Tubbs' death, there's a hilarious series of news bulletins and interviews with random people regretting the lost young life of a great singer even though his career never even properly kick- started.

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