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Drying Up the Streets (1978)

''They're drying up the street'' is a slang term wich means that the police are stopping the supply of heroin from reaching street addicts. A heroin addict, while in hospital after a severe... See full summary »

Director:

Robin Spry

Writer:

Anne Cameron (as B.A. Cameron)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Francks ... Peter Brennan
Len Cariou ... Larry
Sarah Torgov Sarah Torgov ... Anne
Calvin Butler Calvin Butler ... Jim
August Schellenberg ... Nick
Jayne Eastwood ... Sheila
Frank Moore ... Sam
Jacques Hubert Jacques Hubert ... Marcel
Warren Davis Warren Davis ... Mr. Smith
Laurie J. Brown Laurie J. Brown ... Ellen
J.P. Linton J.P. Linton ... Al (as John-Peter Linton)
Kurt Schiegl Kurt Schiegl ... Wrestler
Hugh Webster Hugh Webster ... Doctor
Bob Warner Bob Warner ... Older Cop
Tom Butler ... Younger Cop
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''They're drying up the street'' is a slang term wich means that the police are stopping the supply of heroin from reaching street addicts. A heroin addict, while in hospital after a severe overdose, is visited by an RCMP officer, who wants to make a deal - they will help him find the daughter he lost when he became an addict if he will help them break up a drug importing operation. (CBC TV-DRAMA)

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the SHOCKING story of drugs, violence and terror

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Drama

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 1981 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Barriendo la escoria See more »

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Budget:

CAD 300,000 (estimated)
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Color
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A father goes undercover to track down his own runaway daughter.
3 March 2000 | by ram-30See all my reviews

When I watched this movie on CBC as a teenager, it made two impressions on me: first, to never cause my parents hardship by running away from home; second, if I did run away, to try and meet Sarah Torgov(the actress who plays Ann, the prodigal daughter). Although the film offers fine support by such renown actors as August Schellenberg, Len Cariou and Jayne Eastwood, the two leads really stand out: Sarah Torgov and Don Francks. Francks plays Ann's dad, who takes on the seedy urban culture to try an locate his daughter. The father plays the low life to get the low down on his low-laying child. As the film evolves, the audience begins to realize that the father is not a stranger to life on the streets as he occasionally checks himself into re-hab clinics and seems all too familiar with the life of his new compatriots. We realize that this is not a story of a good father trying to find his daughter gone bad but a man who's own life has gone bad and is trying to prevent his girl from making the same wrong mistakes he made. The film has a strong emotional impact and teaches a valuable lesson without being preachy. I think CBC should re-air some of these 70's classics that put many USA TV movies to shame.


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