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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 ... 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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Storyline

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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Quotes

George Werner: [answering phone at home] Hello?
Principal: Mr. Werner?
George Werner: That's right.
Principal: [sternly] This is Jim Fischer, I'm the principal at the high school. Would you please come over and pick up your son?
George Werner: [concerned] What's the matter, is Richie sick or something?
Principal: So far this morning, he's threatened the study hall supervisor, was very abusive to me, and tried to attack the school nurse!
George Werner: [resignedly] I'll be right over.
[hangs up]
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Alternate Versions

The original NBC telecast, of The Death of Richie in January, 1977, had Richie scream as his father kills him with the shotgun. The NBC Censors thought this was too intense, and edited the scream from all subsequent showings. This sound-byte is not available on any DVD prints or current editions of the movie and is presumed "lost", to the point where today's audiences (and even those who saw reruns of the film on television) are completely unaware that such sound-byte did occur in the film. See more »

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A super movie
10 November 2003 | by hutcj@perkinscoie.comSee all my reviews

I have seen this movie many times. (I recorded it off TV). It really does show what dope can do to you and your family. If you ever get a chance to see it SEE IT!!. It'll be worth every minute. Benson and Gazzara give off true Oscar performances. They would have got my vote as best actor and supporting if it had been a theatrical released movie and up for nominations.


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