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Lenny Brown moves to California to find his fortune in tax shelter investments. When the federal government changes the tax laws, poor Lenny finds himself $700,000 in hock with nowhere to... See more »

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Lenny Brown
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Linda Brown
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Joel Miller
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Max Sherman
Kelle Kerr ...
Rochelle
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Ned
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Barbara
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Sheryl
Marc Poppel ...
Mark
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Tom
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Helen
Libby Boone ...
Delores
Greg Deason ...
Michael
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Surfer
June Chandler ...
Secretary
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Office Manager
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Billy
David Tress ...
Dr. Shapiro
David Bantly ...
Dr. Bishop
Bill Gratton ...
Businessman #1
Parker Whitman ...
Businessman #2
Michael Strasser ...
Man in Venice
James Staszkiel ...
Another Man
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Limousine Driver
Austin Kelly ...
Apartment Manager
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Orderly (as Stogie Harrison)
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Liquor Store Clerk
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Investor
David Haskell ...
Doctor
Fernand Poitras ...
Captain - L'Ermitage
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Maitre D' - Mortons (as Clement Von Franckenstein)
Christopher Carroll ...
Maitre D' - Mortons
Ricardo Gutiérrez ...
Valet
Jody Lambert ...
Kid on Bike
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Veterinarian
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Mary
Jack Sargent ...
Jogger
Ron Poniewaz ...
Biker
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Dance Teacher / Choreographer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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(uncredited)
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Tim (uncredited)

Directed by

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Harold Becker

Written by

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Ben Stein ... (book "Ludes: A Ballad of the Drug and the Dream") (as Benjamin Stein)
 
Darryl Ponicsan ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Harold Becker ... co-executive producer
Daniel H. Blatt ... producer
Terry Carr ... co-producer
John Daly ... executive producer
Derek Gibson ... executive producer
Mel Howard ... co-producer
Thomas J. Mack ... associate producer (as Tom Mack)
Darryl Ponicsan ... co-executive producer
Julia Phillips ... executive producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Stanley Myers

Cinematography by

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Howard Atherton

Film Editing by

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Maury Winetrobe

Editorial Department

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John Greene ... apprentice editor
Joseph Guresky ... assistant editor
Dan Muscarella ... color timer
Mary Nelson-Duerrstein ... negative cutter (as Mary Duerrstein)
Melvin Shapiro ... associate editor

Casting By

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Ilene Starger

Production Design by

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Waldemar Kalinowski

Art Direction by

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Kenneth Hardy

Set Decoration by

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Cindy Carr

Costume Design by

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Susan Becker

Makeup Department

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Deborah Figuly ... key makeup artist
Bill Myer ... special makeup effects
Jeanne Townsend ... makeup artist
Cinzia Zanetti ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Terry Carr ... production manager
Mel Howard ... production manager
Randy D. Thornton ... post-production supervisor (as Randy Thornton)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Bruce Cohen ... second assistant director
Thomas J. Mack ... first assistant director (as Tom Mack)
George Parra ... second second assistant director (as George Ernest Parra)

Art Department

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Christy Addis ... second assistant set decorator (as Christian Marie Addis)
Barbara Benz ... property master
Tyrrell Estes ... painter
Florence Fellman ... first assistant set decorator
Chris Forster ... construction coordinator
Richard Gowdy ... on-set dresser
Anton Karprow ... carpenter
Frank Lloyd ... lead carpenter
Gary B. Matteson ... scenic artist (as Gary Matteson)
Jeffrey Moore ... assistant property master
Nicholas T. Preovolos ... art department coordinator (as Nicholas Preovolos)
James Rynning Jr. ... carpenter
Randolph Sanchez ... painter
Eugene Freiburger ... construction laborer (uncredited)
Brana Rosenfeld ... set dresser (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Barney Cabral ... supervising adr editor / supervising sound editor
Kelly Cabral ... assistant adr editor / assistant sound editor
Richard Dwan Jr. ... sound editor (as Richard Dwan)
Hector C. Gika ... sound editor (as Hector Gika)
Charles Grenzbach ... re-recording mixer (as Charles 'Bud' Grenzbach)
William Grigg ... boom operator
Mark Hollingsworth ... sound editor
Walter Hoylman ... sound mixer
Troy Porter ... adr mixer
Richard D. Rogers ... re-recording mixer (as Richard Rogers)
John Wilkinson ... re-recording mixer (as John 'Doc' Wilkinson)
Barbara Delpuech ... boom operator (uncredited) / cable person (uncredited)

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Larry Fioritto ... special effects coordinator (as Larry Fioretto)

Stunts

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Donna Evans ... stunts
Edward J. Ulrich ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Huston Beaumont ... rigging electrician
Marc Brown ... second assistant camera
Peter Chrimes ... best boy grip
Christopher Fish Fischer ... grip (uncredited)
Ian Fox ... first assistant camera
Dwight Joseph Lavers ... dolly grip (as Dwight Joseph La Vers)
Bruce McCleery ... best boy electric
Deana Newcomb ... still photographer
Patrick Reddish ... gaffer
Dennis K. Wilson ... key grip
Alexander Witt ... camera operator
Jeff Zucker ... rigging gaffer
Angelo Pacifici ... camera operator (uncredited)
Mark Simon ... Steadicam assistant (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Melanie Kagan ... casting assistant
Ivy Weiss ... extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Ricki Fournier ... costumer
Deborah Hall ... costumer
Lisa Lovaas ... costume supervisor

Location Management

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Ross Fanger ... location manager
Kristi Frankenheimer ... assistant location manager

Music Department

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David Boruff ... musician: saxophone solo (as 'Reverend' Dave Boruff)
Jules Chaikin ... orchestra contractor
Michael Dittrick ... music editor
Kenneth Hall ... supervising music editor (as Ken Hall)
Stanley Myers ... orchestrator
John Richards ... score mixer
Randy Waldman ... orchestrator
Mark Berrow ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Randy Waldman ... composer: additional music (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Gary Hellerstein ... transportation coordinator (as Gary M. Hellerstein)
Marlo Hellerstein ... transportation captain

Other crew

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Harriotte H. Aaron ... script supervisor (as Harriotte Aaron)
Frans J. Afman ... motion picture banking: Credit Lyonnais Bank Nederland
Gerald Barnes ... craft service
Barry Beckerman ... technical advisor
Susan Biesack ... assistant: Mr. Becker
Patricia Bischetti ... production coordinator
Steven E. Blume ... financial executive: Hemdale
Tristan M. Brighty ... production assistant (as Tristan Brighty)
Juli Burkhart ... stand-in
Paul A. Calabria ... animal wrangler: Studio Animal Services (as Paul Callabria)
David Fine ... stand-in
Dorrie Hall ... production secretary
Kelly Hennessy ... production assistant
Andrea Jaffe ... publicity consultant
Robert Jellen ... insurance: Albert G. Ruben & Co.
Lydia Lipatan-Sarmiento ... assistant production auditor (as Lydia Lipatan Sarmiento)
Sheridan Liu ... assistant production auditor
Perry Patterson ... production assistant
Terri Rubenstein ... assistant production coordinator
John D. Sarviss ... helicopter pilot (as John Sarviss)
Michael Schultz ... caterer: Sunrise Caterers
Elizabeth Seifer ... nurse
William Skinner ... technical advisor (as Dr. William Skinner)
Nicolas Spikings ... production assistant
Brian Steward ... production assistant
Ame D. Vaughan ... legal services
Catherine Webb ... production auditor
Rand Vossler ... assistant: Sean Young (uncredited)

Thanks

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Michael Hausman ... special thanks: Cinehaus
John Williams ... special thanks: solo guitar
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Lenny Brown moves to California to find his fortune in tax shelter investments. When the federal government changes the tax laws, poor Lenny finds himself $700,000 in hock with nowhere to turn. His friend, Joel, introduces him to cocaine to give Lenny that needed "boost". What ensues next is a descent into drug addiction and insanity as Lenny tries to regain control of his life, all the while needing that extra "boost". Written by Humberto Amador

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Taglines Imagine having all the power, passion and pleasure money can buy. Now imagine losing them. See more »
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Also Known As
  • État de choc (France)
  • Der Preis des Erfolges (Germany)
  • Impulso sensual (Spain)
  • Der Preis des Erfolges (Austria)
  • Tensão (Brazil)
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Runtime
  • 95 min
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Budget $8,000,000 (estimated)

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Trivia This movie is based on a book by Ben Stein of Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) fame. The book, published in 1983, is titled "'Ludes: A Ballad of the Drug and the Dream" and is about the abuse of Quaaludes (methaqualone) rather than cocaine as in the movie. Supposedly based on a friend of Stein's who met his ruin through the abuse of Quaaludes in the 70's and 80's, the action in the movie follows almost exactly the action of the book, even down to some of the dialogue. See more »
Goofs When Lenny and Linda are in the pool, we see Linda from behind, and her wet hair is completely swept back behind her right ear, but as the camera angle changes to a front view, her right ear is now half-covered with wet hair. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Talk Radio/Hellbound: Hellraiser II/The Accidental Tourist/The Boost/Pelle the Conqueror (1988). See more »
Quotes Max: [Max has discovered that Lenny put a check in Max's safety-deposit box, after "borrowing" $20,000 from the Century West Maintenance account, so that Lenny could treat Linda to a night in Las Vegas] A worthless goddamn CHECK?
Lenny: What are you getting hysterical about? It was just a LOAN.
Max: In all my life, I never treated ANYONE like I treated you! You were POOR; I made you RICH. You were DROWNING; I gave you a YACHT! And then you STOLE from me. After I treated you like a son. TWENTY THOUSAND DOLLARS!
Lenny: You want another check? I'll write you another check right now.
Max: A check is no damn good. You want to be a liar as well as a thief?
Lenny: Then tell me what to do. Just tell me, Max.
Max: [hugs Lenny, then speaks softly] You gotta go. I can't have you around here anymore.
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