CBS Schoolbreak Special: Season 4, Episode 1

The Drug Knot (10 Sep. 1986)

TV Episode  -   -  Drama | Family | Romance
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High school teen is heavily addicted to drugs and can't seem to stop, until he is faced with a tragedy.

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Doug Dawson
David Toma ...
Himself
Mary Ellen Trainor ...
Helen Dawson
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Jack Dawson
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Louie Dawson
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Mr. Sellers
Nick Angotti ...
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Lori
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Kim
Annie Oringer ...
Annie
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Leon
Barbara Stamm ...
Mary Parks
Frank Burt Avalon ...
Frankie
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Doug is a high school teen who has everything: Loving parents and younger brother, terrific girlfriend, and a rock band he plays in after school. Doug also has a drug habit, and all those good things begin to fall by the wayside as his drug dependency and erratic behavior worsen and alienation sets in. Doug wanders into an anti-drug lecture by David Toma (who plays himself in a sequence so powerful it nearly splits the film in half), but Doug is eventually ejected for disruptive behavior. Doug just doesn't get the message - until, inevitably, a terrible tragedy occurs. A surprising subject to be tackled by the Disney studio, this is still an effective and powerful anti-drug film that tells it like it is and doesn't chicken out and weaken its message with a soft ending. Written by Peter W. Many

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Saw in my health class in 11th grade
14 September 2003 | by (San Antonio, Texas) – See all my reviews

Like another reviewer said, I think this should be a mandatory film for young kids. It'll always be a mystery to me as to why kids still get into drugs despite the warnings they get from parents and educators, good homes or not, but of course we know better than adults at that age (yeah right!). Then again, this was made in the heyday of Generation Xers in high school, the most historically neglected and malingned generation of kids ever. Setting the preaching aside, I knew of David Toma, but didn't remember the rest of the cast at the time I saw it, with the exception of the cute redhead from Nightmare on Elm Street II in a brief role, and it surprises me that Dermot Mulroney and David Faustino had parts as main characters. Toma pulls no punches explaining the horrors of what drugs did and could have done to him. One of the best Afterschool specials ever.


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