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Torchlight (1985)

The marriage of a young and successful couple is jeopardized when he becomes heavily addicted to cocaine. Her inability to help him and his inability to stop are leading them both into a downward spiral.

Director:

Thomas J. Wright

Writers:

Pamela Sue Martin (screenplay), Pamela Sue Martin (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pamela Sue Martin ... Lillian Weller
Steve Railsback ... Jake Gregory
Ian McShane ... Sidney
Al Corley ... Al
Rita Taggart ... Rita
Rudy Ramos
Arnie Moore Arnie Moore ... Richard
John Jacobs John Jacobs ... J.J.
Todd Ruff Todd Ruff ... Guy
Samantha Harper ... Sandy
Barbara Lindsay Barbara Lindsay ... Sheila
Rod Colbin Rod Colbin ... Dr. Urban
Nicholas Mele Nicholas Mele ... Dr. Kameraman
Richard Baun Richard Baun ... Curator
Lisa Marie Gurley Lisa Marie Gurley ... Pat
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The marriage of a young and successful couple is jeopardized when he becomes heavily addicted to cocaine. Her inability to help him and his inability to stop are leading them both into a downward spiral.

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cocaine-Paradise See more »

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Mono

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Color
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A Headache Tomorrow (or a Heartache Tonight)
Written by Chick Rains
Sung by Mickey Gilley
Keyboard Played by Neil Larsen
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But so educational!!
9 July 2006 | by dixielarkSee all my reviews

I'll agree that the movie is indeed awful, but it nevertheless brought a nostalgic smile when I came across the title as I was looking up some information on Ian McShane now that I have caught up on all the Deadwood episodes but still find myself wanting to see more of him. For the odd reason that a high school coach/health teacher back in the 80's (I'll even confess my real age and tell you I was a grad of '89) somehow thought that Torchlight was an effective cautionary tale to warn us away from the evils of drug use. While I am too mature for such pursuits now that I'm a wise adult and, of course, believe that all youngsters should just say no,I'll observe that the movie has an opposite effect to that the coach intended. Sit through more than fifteen minutes of it, and at the very least you'll require a drinking game tied to Pamela Sue's oh-so-impressive emoting for the cameras to make it through the rest.


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