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The Hard Road (1970)

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A cautionary tale. At 17, Sherman Oaks high schooler Pam Banner has a baby out of wedlock. The baby is adopted, but Pam's too embarrassed to go back to school, so her dad gets her a job as ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Connie Nelson ...
Pamela Banner
John Alderman ...
Jimmy Devlin
Catherine Howard ...
Jeannie
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Leo
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Mrs. Banner
Ray Merritt ...
Mr. Banner
William Bonner ...
Chad
Bruce Kimball ...
Prison Guard
John Parker ...
Max
Karen Lind ...
Mrs. Levin
Issa Arnal ...
Receptionist
Jay Fineberg ...
Mr. Kovas
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Muffin (as Mike Stringer)
Jeff Graver ...
Man in Alley
Chuck Hutchinson ...
Drag Queen
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A cautionary tale. At 17, Sherman Oaks high schooler Pam Banner has a baby out of wedlock. The baby is adopted, but Pam's too embarrassed to go back to school, so her dad gets her a job as the receptionist for a talent agent. A rock star takes her to a party, seduces and abandons her; that starts a spiral of partying, free love, and drug use. Pam becomes friends with Jeannie, a hooker who supports Jimmy, a useless druggie. Soon the three of them are living together, and Jimmy seems appealing to Pam. She's missing work more and more often, Jeannie wants out of the life, Jimmy is going through withdrawal, and Pam is in the middle of a maelstrom. Is there any exit for Pam? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The Hard Road is a road everyone travels
27 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

No, Pam's life was over before having her baby.

Can you imagine growing up with Liz Renay as your Mom and a dad who friends are all in the Hollywood Music Business (DEVILS!!!)? I think her life was over as soon as she was born.

What no one seems to capture that this was a movie to PROMOTE sex, w/o getting a STD by the pro-nudist/sex, sex, sex producer (Valle). Every message the movie makes is deliberately anti-drugs and pro-sex, but cautionary only as to how NOT to get an STD, or what to do if you do.

Something Weird Video deserves a thumbs-up for giving us pieces of culture newer people thrust into this world may never know about.

This is such a great movie, anyone who has any connection to SOUTHERN California will find something enjoyable in it.

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