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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 »


Robin Spry


Anne Cameron (as B. A. Cameron)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Francks ... Pete 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 ... Doc
Bob Warner Bob Warner ... Older Cop
Tom Butler ... Younger Cop


''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









Release Date:

14 September 1981 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Barriendo la escoria See more »


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CAD 300,000 (estimated)
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The lowest cesspool of pimps and perverts, polluting our Canadian streets, makes for an unforgettable heavy drama

The first ten minutes of Drying Up The Streets is so frank, powerful and affecting, that it surpasses everything that follows, where we go deep into the mire of pimping and pornography, some of it, child related. We get to see a real ugly side of it in this. There are some scenes which are absolutely reprehensible. The electrifyingly powerful start is thanks to two actors, believably working their stuff, notably Francks of course, who starred in the original My Bloody Valentine. His portrayal of a drug addict, Pete, is too convincingly real, it's scary. Not for one blinding second, was I unconvinced. Francks had me. He's thrown an offer by a cop-old acquaintance, to go undercover and infiltrate these scum pornographers and drug dealers. In return the cop will tell Franck's, the locale of his long lost daughter. Francks already knows an old colleague, who can get him in. He strikes up a close friendship with a really young junkie hooker, (Sarah Torgov-equally convincing) who's just become part of this cosey stable. So Francks, does his magic, cooking up the heroin, with the others of course, never suspecting he's setting them up. Here's a frank Canadian in your face drama, the scene with Francks and Torgov, chilling out the park, over some chips, with shivery Torgov getting the sudden need for a fix was memorably affecting and convincing. The film has some pretty disturbing themes, as far the pornography side goes, and when a mother goes up against her pimp, refusing to take part in a kiddy flick, watch what happens. DUTS I'd say is for hard tastes, but be warned, it's a disturbing movie trip, but a highly recommended one. If not knowing of fine actor, Francks, check out some his other stuff.

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