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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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Doctor
Frankie Crocker ...
Drug dealer
John Poole ...
Record executive
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Melvin
Chip Branton ...
Ricky
Robert Burgos ...
Record executive
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Tony Major ...
Friend of Jesse
Ric Mancino ...
Mr. Simms (as Rick Mancini)
Larry McCormick ...
Newscaster
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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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Whack Attack  »

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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
Courtesy of Atlantic Records & Tapes
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The Ultimate Example of Transcendently Bad Filmmaking
4 January 2001 | by (new york city) – See all my reviews

Oscar Williams magnum opus is one of the most entertaining films I have ever seen. When one combines an Ed Woodian level of artistry and competence, deadly earnestness about the evils of drugs (not unlike Reefer Madness), blaxploitaion elements (Dolemite, The Black Six), Phillip Micheal Thomas and a script written by a doctor, an unintentionally surreal, absurdist masterpiece emerges. Believe me when I tell you, you will not believe how PERFECTLY awful this film is and you will enjoy every millisecond of it. From PMT's monologue (shot with a 1980's vhs camcorder), to the convoluted plot, to the Gap band, to the vhs newsreel footage to the pcp freak out scenes, you will find yourself obsessed, as I am. Do yourself a favor and find this gem. Enjoy


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