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The Death of Richie (1977)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 10 January 1977
A sensitive but confused teenager feels pressure on him from all directions and turns to drugs, which causes problems for him in school and at home.

Director:

Paul Wendkos

Writers:

John McGreevey (teleplay), Thomas Thompson (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Gazzara ... George Werner
Eileen Brennan ... Carol Werner
Robby Benson ... Richie Werner
Lance Kerwin ... Russell Werner
Shirley O'Hara Shirley O'Hara ... Mrs. Norlon
Jennifer Rhodes ... Elaine
John Zaremba ... Mr. Norlon
Jesse Emmett Jesse Emmett ... Eddie
Charles Fleischer ... Brick
Clint Howard ... Peanuts
Harry Gold Harry Gold ... Mark
Cindy Eilbacher ... Sheila
Susan Pratt Susan Pratt ... Janie
Sean Roche Sean Roche ... Pat
John Friedrich ... Kurt
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A sensitive but confused teenager feels pressure on him from all directions and turns to drugs, which causes problems for him in school and at home.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Richie See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color | Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Based on a true story. See more »

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Carol Werner: [Carol has come into Richie's room on Christmas Eve to fetch him to socialize with his extended family... he's laying on his bed smoking a joint. Carol is shocked and dismayed] Put that out. Put it out and get out there and say hello to Grandma and Grandpa.
[Richie doesn't respond]
Carol Werner: Oh, please Richie... not tonight. It's Christmas Eve, please. Please get up and come with me.
Richie Werner: [slurred] I can't, Mom... I can't.
[...]
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Well-regarded TV-movie about a teenage addict...still relevant, despite an overlay of histrionics
8 August 2015 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Ben Gazzara and Robby Benson are solid as battling father and son in this true story about a teenage boy, rebellious and prone to joy-riding all night, who gets involved with drugs. His hard-working, long-suffering parents try to stop the downward spiral, but nothing can break through to their angry, apathetic kid, who seems intent on destroying himself. Despite dated trappings and an overemphasis on parents of addicts who cop out or turn a blind eye (designed to show all sides), the film still packs a small punch. John McGreevey's teleplay, adapted from the book "Richie" by Thomas Thompson, is a bit thick with writer's ink, and the pretensions show through (particularly in an early scene with the father giving a speech in his son's bedroom at two in the morning). However, director Paul Wendkos does a good job at steering us through the tragic circumstances, and the family's plight is certainly a heart-rending one.


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