Remy is a medical student who has a flair for making his patients comfortable. His genuine concern for the patients in his charge marks him as a hot prospect in his internship program. Pamela works at a children's book publishing company. The two meet via Pamela's brother, who is also Remy's good friend. They fall in love and get an apartment in the East Village of New York. Soon after, the couple begins to indulge in speed and barbiturates. They become heavily addicted. Remy is thrown out of medical school and Pamela quits her job. Remy soon finds himself in debt with the local dealer, Stutter, who introduces his customer to heroin as a revenge for his late bill. Pamela faces the prospect of getting sober at her brother's clinic, but must leave behind a destitute Remy in order to do it.
Pamela knew that life without David was only existing. She also knew that life with him would destroy her.
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The original title was "Speed is of the Essence". This was also the title of the Gail Sheehy's story published in New York magazine upon which the movie was based. Gail Sheehy wrote the article about her sister's addiction. See more
Maybe your right. Maybe it's that stuff I been giving you. Maybe it don't give you the proper incentive, huh?
Right, come here, Doctor. 'Give you a little something to take the edge off.
[he injects Remy
It's different, huh? No more speed for you, Baby. Yeah, heroin's heavy stuff. From now on, you're gonna need it. Yeah, you're gonna need it so bad, you'll have all the incentive you can handle. And you'll find any way to get it, Kid. You'll sell your soul, you'll sell your ass, you'll pimp that ...
Features A Christmas Carol
Believe in Me
Music by Fred Karlin
Lyrics by Meg Karlin
(as Tylwyth Kymry)
Performed by Lou Rawls See more