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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbara Gordon
Derek Bauer
Julie Addison
Jean Scott Martin
Ben Martin
Sam Mulligan
Karen Mulligan
Alan Newman
Kasey Connors ...
Sound Woman
Charlie Stavola ...
Bartender (as Charles Stavola)
Roger Etienne ...
Gregory Osborne ...
Eleanor Zee ...
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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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Release Date:

5 March 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dançando como Loucos  »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film's lead star and scriptwriter were married when this picture was made and released. Playwright David Rabe adapted Barbara Gordon's auto-biographical memoir especially for his actress wife Jill Clayburgh. See more »


Referenced in The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror XXIII (2012) See more »


Recorded by Desmond Child and Rouge
Courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.
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Fantastic Film
14 July 1999 | by See all my reviews

This movie was written by Barbara Gordon and is the story of her Valium addiction, withdrawal and recovery.

This movie is really accurate in regards to the pharmacology of her addiction and its really excellent in the portrayal of the therapy process as well.

I think that it is one of those great movies that is *true*. The movie is about real life and it is fantastic. It has integrity as a film. The cast is exceptional, and I dig Dianne Wiest in this movie especially. I also really enjoyed Geraldine Page's character... she reminded me of Maude from Harold & Maude, another favourite movie of mine...

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