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Toughlove (1985)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  13 October 1985 (USA)
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The Charters family falls into despair over their drug-addicted son Gary. They discuss his problems through the "Toughlove" program in searching for answers.

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Jan Charters
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Rob Charters
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Gary Charters
Eric Schiff ...
Scott Charters
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Kristen Marsh
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Max Wiley
Beth Miller ...
Cindy
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Darlene Marsh
Erica Yohn ...
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Tim
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Lloyd
Janet MacLachlan ...
Bess Dawson
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Danny Dawson
Jo De Winter ...
Barbara Wiley
Ivan Bonar ...
Mr. Griffin
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A rebellious 17 year old is increasingly getting into trouble, doing drugs, and hiding events from his parents. As things spiral further out of control, his parents turn to an organization called "Toughlove" for help. There they learn that it sometimes is necessary to turn your back on your child and allow him to accept the consequences of his actions. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Gary Charters: I have one question: Why are you way over there?
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It's better to just say "no"!
15 January 1999 | by (Suffolk, Virginia) – See all my reviews

Here's one of my "Schoolhouse Cinema" attractions! I saw this film twice in my middle to high school years. Twice, I did writing assignments for my health / phys. ed. classes about it! Isn't it ironic, don't you think? Turning back the clock when I was in my teens, TOUGHLOVE had expressed a specific point about teenagers who become enraged following incidents of drug use. At that time, folks my age needed plenty of motivation and awareness, since the movie was based on a plaguing and rising epidemic in modern society. ANGEL DUSTED would probably be another example of 80s accounts. This one is alright as a made-for-TV movie that centers around a discussion forum for parents whose kids are temper-tantrumed by drugs. There are some levels of hope, suffering, and anger, but it doesn't provide enough emotional values to make this a "serious" drama. The best thing you can prove about TOUGHLOVE is the parents who grieve and concern over a son once perfectly normal. In the end, despite all troubles, the son and his family all live happily ever after. Consider showing this one to your sons or daughters who could someday become drug addicts without warning. Still, this is strictly entertainment fare, and not something a health organization would present.


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