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Black Tar Heroin: The Dark End of the Street (2000)

This documentary follows the lives of a number of heroin addicts in the U.S.A. It shows their heroin life stories.

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Tracey Helton Tracey Helton ... Tracey
Alice McMunn ... Self - 'Alice' (as Malice McMunn)
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The film follows a simple structure, and shows the drug-related degradation of five youths (Jake, Tracey, Jessica, Alice, Oreo) during the course of three years. The film depicts their drug-related crimes and diseases: prostitution, male prostitution, AIDS, and lethal overdoses.

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Gut-wrenching, ugly, fascinating (IMDB rating should be much higher - 1 person's low rating dragged the whole score down)
29 August 2004 | by jpmaijalaSee all my reviews

I was flipping channels late one evening and I caught the last half of this film. It was horrifying and bleak yet absolutely fascinating, like watching a car accident in slow-motion.

The filmmakers set out to tell the truth about the effects of heroin addiction by following the daily lives of a group of black tar heroin addicts in the San Francisco Bay area. We see them become progressively sicker, thinner, paler and even lose hope of going clean. Three of them (2 guys and a girl) work as prostitutes to support their habit (2 later test positive for HIV). All the while they remain remarkably candid about their condition and we learn all we'd ever want to know about this sad lifestyle.

I recommend this film but people with delicate sensibilities might want to stay away.

Schools and drug awareness programs should use this film!


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English

Release Date:

17 March 2000 (USA) See more »

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Черная смоль героина: Темный конец улицы See more »

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San Francisco, California, USA

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