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Believe in Me (1971)

R | | Drama | 22 April 1972 (Japan)
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. ... See full summary »





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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Remy
... Pamela
... Alan
... Stutter
Kurt Dodenhoff ... Matthew
... Emergency Room Nurse
... Clancy
Roger Robinson ... Angel
... Boy
Milt Kamen ... Attending Physician
Susan Doukas ... Ward nurse
Suzannah Norstrand ... Sylvia
... Emergency Room Patient
William Abruzzi ... Lecturer (as Dr. William Abruzzi)
Matthew Anton ... David Kieser (Little Boy)


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. Written by thustlebird

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Pamela knew that life without David was only existing. She also knew that life with him would destroy her.




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22 April 1972 (Japan)  »

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Speed is of the Essence  »

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John G. Avildsen was called in to direct the re-shoots of a few scenes at the behest of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. See more »


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Believe in Me
Music by Fred Karlin
Lyrics by Meg Karlin (as Tylwyth Kymry)
Performed by Lou Rawls
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Sterling Performances by Jacqueline Bisset and Michael Sarrazin
18 April 2002 | by See all my reviews

Originally filmed in 1970 as "Speed is of the Essence" (the title of Gail Sheehy's story about her sister that appeared in New York Magazine), this virtually-unknown film so alarmed MGM in its unflinching depiction of drug abuse that the studio ordered extensive re-shoots directed by John G. Avildsen (who receives no screen credit). The mangled result briefly appeared in theaters in 1971 and then vanished into obscurity. MGM's attempt to make the movie more "palatable" and "upbeat" proved disastrous (What did the studio want--"Love Story" with needle marks?) Among the approximately 50 minutes of the original version that hit the cutting room floor were several poignant scenes featuring George Rose and Geraldine Fitzgerald as Jacqueline Bisset's parents, frightened and helpless when confronted in their placid Connecticut home by their daughter's decline into amphetamine addiction. Even so, the drastically re-edited release print still glows with the warmth, sincerity and lacerating honesty of the performances by Michael Sarrazin and Jacqueline Bisset. In fact, Francois Truffaut was so impressed by Ms. Bisset's multi-faceted portrayal of a doomed young woman that he subsequently cast her in "Day for Night." "Believe in Me" has never aired on commercial or cable TV, nor has it been released on videotape. It is apparently a "lost" film, and a shame, because Ms. Bisset's and Mr. Sarrazin's work is exemplary.

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