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A/k/a Tommy Chong (2006)

Not Rated | | Documentary | March 2008 (USA)
Documentary about Tommy Chong's federal prosecution under the Bush administration for selling bongs over the Internet.



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Credited cast:
Raven Bast ...
Paris Chong ...
Special Thanks
Steven Hager ...
Himself (as Steve Hager)
Himself (as Richard 'Cheech' Marin)
Paul Moyer ...
Himself (archive footage)
Ethan Nadelmann ...
Himself (archive footage)


At the height of popularity of the Bush administration -- the federal government entrapped and subsequently imprisoned Tommy Chong. Josh Gilbert began documenting the federal case against his long time friend and counter-culture icon for the terrible crime of selling bongs. This film examines the personal effects on Tommy, the motivations and tactics of the politicized Justice Department under George Bush, set against the back drop of the War on Drugs and the legal issues involved. Written by Josh Gilbert

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Alan M. Dershowitz: [On Fox News] The government has admitted that part of the reason for the sentence was the exercise of his First Amendment rights, that is making numerous films about drug use, which they claim encouraged people to use drugs, is a plain violation of the spirit of the First Amendment. So you have an Equal Protection violation, a First Amendment violation, and a needless misuse of criminal resources when easily this could have been done in a civil manner.
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informative and entertaining
16 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

This is a hilarious and frightening look at the career and persecution of Tommy Chong. Loaded with hilarious clips of Tommy's classics like "Up In Smoke", the real subject of the movie is, of course, very serious.

The manner in which Chong was targeted and the resources spent on his arrest and prosecution were both somewhat shocking. Bill Maher said it best: "Don't you feel safer knowing the Tommy Chong is in prison?"

Whether the viewer is a relic of the 70's or just interested in constitutional rights, (these people actually do exist) this movie is definitely worth seeing.

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