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I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can (1982)

A true story about Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker Barbara Gordon's Valium addiction and her desperate attempts to kick the habit.

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Jack Hofsiss

Writers:

Barbara Gordon (book), David Rabe
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jill Clayburgh ... Barbara Gordon
Nicol Williamson ... Derek Bauer
Dianne Wiest ... Julie Addison
Joe Pesci ... Roger
Geraldine Page ... Jean Scott Martin
Albert Salmi ... Ben Martin
James Sutorius ... Sam Mulligan
Ellen Greene ... Karen Mulligan
Cordis Heard ... Fran
Richard Masur ... Alan Newman
Kasey Connors Kasey Connors ... Sound Woman
Charlie Stavola Charlie Stavola ... Bartender (as Charles Stavola)
Roger Etienne Roger Etienne ... Waiter
Gregory Osborne Gregory Osborne ... Passerby
Eleanor Zee Eleanor Zee ... Emmy Presenter
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A true story about Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker Barbara Gordon's Valium addiction and her desperate attempts to kick the habit.

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Taglines:

Two In The Morning. Two Before Lunch. Two After Dinner. Two Before Bed. Every Day. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 March 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Berømmelsens pris See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film was made and released about three years after the source autobiography by Barbara Gordon was first published in 1979. The memoir was nominated for the 1980 American Book Award for Best Autobiography (hardcover). The book was translated into nine languages and was a best-seller. See more »

Alternate Versions

NBC edited 10 minutes from this film for its 1986 network television premiere. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Simpsons: I'm Dancing as Fat as I Can (2019) See more »

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OUR LOVE IS INSANE
Recorded by Desmond Child and Rouge
Courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.
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A safe, non-habit forming sleep aid.
9 January 2009 | by brefaneSee all my reviews

There's really nothing to recommend this dreary, and dreary looking film based on Barbara Gordon's account of her battle with Valium. Too bad this film wasn't around during Gordon's struggle because it has the same sedative effect as Valium. It's a Lifetime Channel-style film that was released by Paramount pictures in 1982 during the Nancy Reagan's "just say no" period, and it deservedly sank without a trace. Clayburgh is a trouper, but she is made to look ridiculous in the over-the-top scenes of her character's drug withdrawal. The film is remarkably barren, lacks genuine conflict, characterization, ambiance, or interest, and it never gets inside the head of its main character. Aside from Clayburgh, the most notable thing about the film is Nicol Williamson's performance as Clayburgh's boy friend; he creates one of the most repellent characters I've ever encountered on stage or screen; surely, not intentionally. The film is directed by the numbers, and ironically this film is less about Valium, than a veritable Valium itself. It's best recommended as a safe, non-habit forming sleep aid.


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