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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 ... 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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Details

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 »

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 great movie
28 August 2001 | by bandit29073See all my reviews

This is one movie all teenagers should see. I seen it as a teenager and it really opened my eyes about drugs. How drugs can destroy your life, your family. It was a sad but true movie. If people could just see the pain, maybe they would think twice before trying drugs. To me it was one of the altime great movies. Hopefully it will air soon again on T.V. or come out on video.


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