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5 March 1982 (USA) See more »
The dramatic story of one woman's survival in a battle for her sanity...and her life! See more »
A true story about Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker Barbara Gordon's Valium addiction and her desperate attempts to kick the habit. | Add synopsis »
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Jill Clayburgh ... Barbara Gordon

Nicol Williamson ... Derek Bauer

Dianne Wiest ... Julie Addison

Joe Pesci ... Roger

Geraldine Page ... Jean Scott Martin

Albert Salmi ... Ben Martin

James Sutorius ... Sam Mulligan

Ellen Greene ... Karen Mulligan
Cordis Heard ... Fran

Richard Masur ... Alan Newman
Kasey Connors ... Sound Woman
Charlie Stavola ... Bartender (as Charles Stavola)
Roger Etienne ... Waiter
Gregory Osborne ... Passerby
Eleanor Zee ... Emmy Presenter
John Shearin ... Emmy Official
David Polk ... Stage Manager

Joseph Maher ... Doctor Kalman
Ann Weldon ... Nurse

Ángel Ferreira ... Delivery Boy

Jeffrey DeMunn ... Doctor Roberts
Toni Kalem ... Debby

Robert DoQui ... Teddy

Daniel Stern ... Jim

CCH Pounder ... Anne (as C.C.H. Pounder)

Anne De Salvo ... Iris
Richard Hamilton ... Joe

Dan Hedaya ... Doctor Klein

Margaret Ladd ... Lara

Ebbe Roe Smith ... Chet
Kathleen Widdoes ... Doctor Rawlings

Deborah Foreman ... Cindy (as Debby Lynn Foreman)
Erin Halligan ... Denise
Beatrix Lynch ... Patient
Eddy Donno ... Orderly #1
Glenn R. Wilder ... Orderly #2
Harold Jones ... Orderly #3
Andrew Winner ... Greg Larson
Edward Betz ... Assistant Editor

John Lithgow ... Mr. Brunner

David Margulies ... Walter Kress
Lara Cody ... Newscaster
Wendy Cutler ... Crew Member
Malcolm Groome ... Talent Coordinator
DeVera Marcus ... Therapist

Paul Willson ... Patient
Andy Goldberg ... Disc Jockey
Dennis Lee ... Doctor #1
Lawrence Sellars ... Doctor #2
Jordan Derwin ... Doctor #3

Gloria Irizarry ... Patient
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Helen Kelly ... Woman Crossing Street (uncredited)
Tom Lancaster ... Emmy Awards Page (uncredited)

Directed by
Jack Hofsiss 
Writing credits
Barbara Gordon (book)

David Rabe 

Produced by
David Nicksay .... associate producer
David Rabe .... executive producer
Scott Rudin .... producer
Edgar J. Scherick .... producer
Original Music by
Stanley Silverman 
Cinematography by
Jan de Bont 
Film Editing by
Michael Bradsell 
Casting by
Terry Liebling 
Production Design by
David Jenkins 
Art Direction by
Fred Kolo 
Set Decoration by
Ken Aichele 
Costume Design by
Julie Weiss 
Makeup Department
David Forrest .... hair stylist: New York
David Forrest .... makeup artist: New York
Lee Harman .... makeup artist
Martin Samuel .... hair stylist
Production Management
David R. Kappes .... production manager: New York
David Nicksay .... production manager
Donna Smith .... production supervisor (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert J. Doherty .... second assistant director
Jerry Grandey .... assistant director (as Jerry C.G. Grandey)
Jennifer Miller .... DGA trainee: New York
Joseph P. Reidy .... second assistant director: New York (as Joe Reidy)
Art Department
Michael C. Ayers .... property supervisor
Dan Burk .... assistant production designer
Kathy Curtis-Cahill .... assistant art director
Kathleen Hughes .... property master
Stephen Miller .... property master: New York
Sharron Reynolds .... lead person
Robert D'Asto .... set dresser (uncredited)
Ernst van de Bovenkamp .... construction (uncredited)
Sound Department
David Dockendorf .... re-recording mixer
Bob Ewing .... boom operator
Stan Gilbert .... dialogue editor
Chat Gunter .... sound mixer: New York
Andrew London .... supervising sound editor
Don MacDougall .... re-recording mixer
John L. Mack .... re-recording mixer
Anthony Milch .... sound editor
Wylie Stateman .... sound editor
Richard Van Dyke .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael F. Barrow .... gaffer: New York
Scott Buttfield .... electrician
Don Cerrone .... key grip: New York
Franco De Silva .... gaffer
Francis Driscoll .... second grip
Gary Featherstone .... electrician
Robert Ferrara .... electrician
Ken Ferris .... assistant camera: New York
Adam Jones .... grip
Kenneth J. Jones .... key grip (as Ken Jones)
Martin J. Layton .... first assistant camera
Al Ludwig II .... second assistant camera
Briggs Palmer .... camera loader: New York
Joyce Rudolph .... still photographer
John Zumpano .... best boy
Arledge Armenaki .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Sylvia Fay .... extras casting: New York
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joyce Aysta .... costumer
Eduardo Castro .... costume supervisor: men
Sue Dugan .... costume supervisor
Gary Lisz .... assistant costume designer
Dresden Urquhart .... costumer: New York
Editorial Department
Anita Brandt Burgoyne .... apprentice editor (as Anita Brandt)
Gregory Scherick .... apprentice editor
Miriam Weeks .... associate editor
Location Management
Marlene Arvan .... location coordinator: New York
Douglas E. Stoll .... location manager
Music Department
Joe Malin .... music contractor (as Joseph Malin)
Ted Whitfield .... music editor
Frank Kulaga .... music recordist (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Rick Mercier .... transportation coordinator
Frank Servo .... transportation captain: New York
Other crew
Edward Betz .... production staff
Gina Blumenfeld .... assistant: Stanley Silverman
Rocky Buzzini .... assistant: David Nicksay
Priscilla Chelson .... auditor
Keith Edmondson .... production staff
Pablo Ferro .... title designer: main title sequence
Michael Gorman .... production staff
Wendi Haas .... production office coordinator: New York (as Wendy Haas)
Jill Hopkins .... production staff
Jon Liebling .... production staff
Lynn Paetz .... auditor
Patricia Sansone .... auditor (as Pat Sansone)
Jackie Saunders .... script supervisor
Brian Williams .... consultant to David Rabe
Brad M. Bucklin .... stand-in (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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107 min
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This movie had been proposed to director James Foley before going to Jack Hofsiss.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Angels in America" (2003)See more »


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7 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
A safe, non-habit forming sleep aid., 9 January 2009
Author: brefane from United States

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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