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I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can (1982)

A true story about Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker Barbara Gordon's Valium addiction and her desperate attempts to kick the habit.

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A true story about Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker Barbara Gordon's Valium addiction and her desperate attempts to kick the habit.

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Two In The Morning. Two Before Lunch. Two After Dinner. Two Before Bed. Every Day. See more »

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5 March 1982 (USA)  »

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Dançando como Loucos  »

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This film was made and released about three years after the source autobiography by Barbara Gordon was first published in 1979. The memoir was nominated for the 1980 American Book Award for Best Autobiography (hardcover). The book was translated into nine languages and was a best-seller. See more »

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Referenced in The Facts of Life: I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can (1983) See more »

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I GUESS I'LL HAVE TO CHANGE MY PLAN
By Howard Dietz & Arthur Schwartz
Recorded by Tony Bennett and Count Basie
Courtesy of Roulette Records, Inc.
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A safe, non-habit forming sleep aid.
9 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There's really nothing to recommend this dreary, and dreary looking film based on Barbara Gordon's account of her battle with Valium. Too bad this film wasn't around during Gordon's struggle because it has the same sedative effect as Valium. It's a Lifetime Channel-style film that was released by Paramount pictures in 1982 during the Nancy Reagan's "just say no" period, and it deservedly sank without a trace. Clayburgh is a trouper, but she is made to look ridiculous in the over-the-top scenes of her character's drug withdrawal. The film is remarkably barren, lacks genuine conflict, characterization, ambiance, or interest, and it never gets inside the head of its main character. Aside from Clayburgh, the most notable thing about the film is Nicol Williamson's performance as Clayburgh's boy friend; he creates one of the most repellent characters I've ever encountered on stage or screen; surely, not intentionally. The film is directed by the numbers, and ironically this film is less about Valium, than a veritable Valium itself. It's best recommended as a safe, non-habit forming sleep aid.


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