Chain smoker Frank Bigalow is imprisoned in a simulacrum of his apartment, then forced to quit smoking and punished each time he lights up.



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Frank Bigalow
Dr. Synapsis
Howard Dayton ...
Catherine Battistone ...
Paul Sparer ...
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In the spirit of the anti-smoking propaganda popular in the 1980's, Bigalow's Last Smoke introduces Frank Bigalow. Frank is a pretty nice guy but a chronic chain-smoker, hoping to quit but finding himself a prisoner of his indulgences. When he wakes up one morning he finds himself trapped in a surreal copy of his own hope, but this new copy-home is secretly an anti-tobacco trap, and Frank discovers that he'll be tortured into quitting his cigarette addictions. Written by GasmaskProductionsBooks

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9 June 1985 (USA)  »

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Bigalow is trapped inside a simulacrum (duplicate) of his apartment, unable to leave until he determines to quit smoking. There is a small hole in the wall through which he hears (but cannot see) Mr Matthews, who seems to be in a situation similar to his. Bigalow has one cigarette, but no matches. Matthews says he has matches, but needs a cigarette, and offers to trade a match for a cigarette. Bigalow says, "It's a terrible trade. What do I need a cigarette for if I don't have a match?" Logically, as the one who would be giving up the cigarette and getting the match, he should have rejected the trade by saying, "What do I need a match for if I don't have a cigarette?" See more »


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Will put you off smoking for life
25 May 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

BIGALOW'S LAST SMOKE is a fun episode of TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE, although I seem to recall it heavily copies a Stephen King short story with the same subject matter (and one which was in the horror anthology film CAT'S EYES). The essential story involves a chain smoker who is imprisoned inside his own apartment and forced into giving up thanks to punishment therapy.

This episode is surprisingly well acted with strong production values and a narrative which excises any extraneous material in favour of pure entertainment. It's no classic, but it does boast a fun twist and some good scenes of the smoker getting put through his paces.

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