5.2/10
1,253
41 user 4 critic
An alcohol/drug abuser re-examines his life until he nearly dies from an overdose. Then a friend convinces him to join a self-help group which turns out to be demonic.

Director:

Mark Borchardt

Writer:

Mark Borchardt
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Documentary | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Documentary about an aspiring filmmaker's attempts to finance his dream project by finally completing the low-budget horror film he abandoned years before.

Director: Chris Smith
Stars: Mark Borchardt, Mike Schank, Tom Schimmels
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Mark Borchardt turns his camera on the UFO Daze gathering in Dundee, Wisconsin, where he finds an abundance of fascinating characters, a mystic landscape, and the paradox between empirical ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Borchardt
Stars: Mark Borchardt, U.F.O. Bob, Sheldon
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A fashion photographer gets more than he bargained for when a roll of film in a used camera contains sinister imagery of high-society menace that sends him into a labyrinth of imminent danger.

Director: Frankie Latina
Stars: Danny Trejo, Sasha Grey, Mark Borchardt
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

Douglas Elmore is an alcoholic writer and caretaker haunted by visions of his dead wife and pursued by supernatural forces bent on revenge for his past deeds. When tenants start turning up ... See full summary »

Director: Jon Springer
Stars: Mark Borchardt, Nadine Gross, Cyndi Kurtz
Home Movie (2001)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Documentary look at five unusual homes and the people who built (or adapted) them.

Director: Chris Smith
Stars: Ed Peden, Ben Skora, Diana Peden
American Job (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

American Job is a narrative film about Randy Scott, a youth caught in the dismal confusion of living and working in the world of minimum wage. American Job follows main character Randy ... See full summary »

Director: Chris Smith
Stars: Randy Russell, Matt Collier, Ed English
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A revenge tale about a desperate C.I.A. agent on a mission to find the man who murdered his wife.

Director: Frankie Latina
Stars: Randy Russell, Danny Trejo, Mark Borchardt
The Pool I (2007)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A boy in abject poverty works in a hotel and becomes obsessed with a swimming pool in the opulent hills of Panjim, Goa, India. His life gets turned upside-down when he attempts to meet the mysterious family who lives at the house.

Director: Chris Smith
Stars: Nana Patekar, Venkatesh Chavan, Jhangir Badshah
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Dude Schmitz, an independent filmmaker, attempting to secure funds for his second feature, blows an opportunity at what promises to be a lucrative interview with pop sensation Britney ... See full summary »

Director: Ludi Boeken
Stars: Angel Benton, Mark Borchardt, Mike Schank
Director: Mark Borchardt
Stars: Mark Borchardt, Joshua Hall, Andrew Swant
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Mark Borchardt
Stars: Mark Borchardt, Frankie Latina
Short | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Mark Borchardt
Stars: David McWane, Sean Rogan, Steve Foote
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Borchardt ... Mike
Tom Schimmels Tom Schimmels ... Steve
Miriam Frost Miriam Frost ... Sharon
Tommy Dallace Tommy Dallace ... Doc McCoy
Robert Richard Jorge Robert Richard Jorge ... Goodman
Sherrie Beaupre Sherrie Beaupre ... Daesa
Jack Bennett ... Group Member
Mark Nadolski Mark Nadolski ... Group Member
Scott Berendt Scott Berendt ... Group Member
Barbara Zanger Barbara Zanger ... Group Member
Donna McMaster Donna McMaster ... Group Member
Mike Schank Mike Schank ... Group Member
Cindy Snyder Cindy Snyder ... Group Member
Nancy Williams Nancy Williams ... Group Member
Wayne Buboise Wayne Buboise ... Group Member
Edit

Storyline

An alcohol/drug abuser re-examines his life until he nearly dies from an overdose. Then a friend convinces him to join a self-help group which turns out to be demonic.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Short | Drama | Horror

Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 June 1997 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Northwest Productions See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In the "elevator sequence", Tommy Dallace is actually wearing his own drivers license on his medical lab coat instead of the standard hospital identification badge. Dallace was initially considered for the lead role in the movie, but was ultimately deemed to be "too good looking" for the part. See more »

Goofs

Several actors' hairstyles change several times throughout the movie. This is the result of a shooting schedule that took several years. See more »

Quotes

Old Man In Dream: It's all right. It's okay. You have something to live for. Jesus told me so.
See more »

Connections

References Kiss Me Deadly (1955) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Very Powerful
22 December 2004 | by Newski_the_HippieSee all my reviews

Its one of those movies that is just a film to some, but a powerful social commentary for others. Mark Boschardt proves himself as a capable film maker, not the man so obviously mocked in American Movie (though when asked about his portrayal in American Movie, Mark Boschardt said "They were making their own movie, I'm not going to judge it so harshly").

The story is simple; a drug addict/alcoholic writer almost dies from an overdose. Hoping to stay sober, he tries out a support group which doesn't quite work for him. So he tries to stay sober on his own. This, of course, becomes impossible as we see the true nature of the support group, which drives him to further drug use in the movie (they do not take kindly to his not returning). The motivations of the group are unknown throughout the movie, and are still unclear at the end.

But the moral and message of the film are clear enough. Those who are in Alcoholics Anonymous will tell you to steer clear of this film, and to quote Boschardt once more "AA feels that if you don't get help from them, or God, then you haven't gotten help at all." This movie struck close to home with me, and I was really glad to be able to meet Mr. Boschardt himself. After all, it is quite obviously a very personal film for him. 4 stars.


15 of 19 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 41 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed