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The Boy Who Drank Too Much (1980)

Not Rated | | Drama, Family, Sport | TV Movie 6 February 1980
A popular high school hockey player hides that fact that he is an alcoholic.


Jerrold Freedman


Shep Greene (novel), Edward DeBlasio (teleplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Baio ... Buff Saunders
Lance Kerwin ... Billy Carpenter
Ed Lauter ... Gus Carpenter
Mariclare Costello ... Mrs. Carpenter
Stephen Davies ... Alan
Toni Kalem ... Tina
Katherine Pass Katherine Pass ... Donna Watson
Dan Shor ... Art Collins
Michele Tobin Michele Tobin ... Julie
Don Murray ... Ken Saunders
Ron Max Ron Max ... Coach Anderson
Marla Frumkin Marla Frumkin ... Lucy
Jerry McNeely Jerry McNeely ... Spanish Teacher
Dan Spector ... Murph
John Roselius John Roselius ... Paul Watson


Scott Baio plays a high school hockey player. He is well liked and well respected among his coach and teammates. What they don't know is that he is an alcoholic. His background comes from his father, who is also an alcoholic. Baio must work to stay clean and sober so he doesn't lose his position on the hockey team or the respect from his friends. Written by Pat McCurry <ccgrad97@aol.com>

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Buff and Billy. They both liked sports. They both liked girls. Except Buff was an alcoholic, and only Billy could save him. See more »


Drama | Family | Sport


Not Rated






Release Date:

6 February 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El chico que bebía demasiado See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Billy goes to a treatment center that is in another city, it's actually one block away from the High School they shot the film at. See more »


Gus Carpenter: Put that down!
Buff Saunders: What for?
Gus Carpenter: 'Cause you're not old enough!
Buff Saunders: How old do you have to be to be a stinking drunk like you?
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Referenced in The Hour: Episode #7.30 (2010) See more »


Lonely Street, Winter Day
Music by Michael Small
Lyrics by Jerry McNeely
Sung by Robert Jason
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One of the best-loved Afterschool Specials
9 January 2004 | by mamamiasweetpeachesSee all my reviews

sorry,tricky...but the plotline you speak of is STONED, another Scott Baio Afetrschool Special, where he smokes pot and then accidently hits his swimming brother with an oar. THE BOY WHO DRANK TOO MUCH has Scott as a hockey player. His father is an alcoholic, and he starts drinking too. At first he tells Lance kerwin that its "no big deal" then lance starts noticing that Scott drinks so often and to such extremes that it IS a problem. A memorable part is where they go to a friends party and Scott breaks out the booze. He starts hitting on his friends girlfriend and then ends up wetting his pants. the girl at the party starts screaming that "He wet his pants on my mothers rug!!!!" (a comical moment,weather they intended it to be or not) from there on it just gets worse for scott and he eventually ends up in rehab. I made my two young nieces watch this because I feel that kids should see movies like this one way or another. I know I learned more than one lesson from AFTERSCHOOL SPECIALS.

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