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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)
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Frankie Crocker ...
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Ricky
Robert Burgos ...
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Tony Major ...
Friend of Jesse
Ric Mancino ...
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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"This is the Wack baby, you'll need a parachute to get down!"
21 December 1998 | by (Boise, ID) – See all my reviews

Death Drug is without a doubt, the best film of all time. Not only does it directly rip-off two classics- Disco Godfather (the anti PCP theme) and Slithis (the coke bottle vision during the hallucination), it shows Phillip Micheal Thomas at his all time best(worst). The music video will have you rollin! Watch for PMT's head superimposed over a pregnant woman's belly. Pure genius in B-movie glory!! The supplements on the video release are even better. Phillip Micheal intros and outros the film, and his ramblings make you wonder if he has indeed succumbed to the "sherm" himself. A must see!


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