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A/k/a Tommy Chong (2006)

Not Rated | | Documentary | March 2008 (USA)
Documentary about Tommy Chong's federal prosecution under the Bush administration for selling bongs over the Internet.

Director:

Josh Gilbert

Writers:

Josh Gilbert, Steven Hager (co-writer)

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Cast

Credited cast:
Lou Adler ... Himself
Raven Bast Raven Bast ... Herself
Paris Chong Paris Chong ... Himself
Shelby Chong ... Herself
Tommy Chong ... Himself
Peter Coyote ... Himself
Pablo Ferro ... Special Thanks
Steven Hager ... Himself (as Steve Hager)
Jay Leno ... Himself
Bill Maher ... Himself
Cheech Marin ... Himself (as Richard 'Cheech' Marin)
Paul Moyer Paul Moyer ... Himself (archive footage)
Ethan Nadelmann Ethan Nadelmann ... Himself
Eric Schlosser ... Himself
Red Skelton ... Himself (archive footage)
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At the height of popularity of the Bush administration -- the federal government entrapped and subsequently imprisoned Tommy Chong. Josh Gilbert began documenting the federal case against his long time friend and counter-culture icon for the terrible crime of selling bongs. This film examines the personal effects on Tommy, the motivations and tactics of the politicized Justice Department under George Bush, set against the back drop of the War on Drugs and the legal issues involved. Written by Josh Gilbert

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Documentary

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ака Томми Чонг See more »

Filming Locations:

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Alan M. Dershowitz: [On Fox News] The government has admitted that part of the reason for the sentence was the exercise of his First Amendment rights, that is making numerous films about drug use, which they claim encouraged people to use drugs, is a plain violation of the spirit of the First Amendment. So you have an Equal Protection violation, a First Amendment violation, and a needless misuse of criminal resources when easily this could have been done in a civil manner.
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What a flick!
25 December 2005 | by pcaroneSee all my reviews

I caught a screening of "a/k/a Tommy Chong" at the Toronto Film Festival, and I have to say it's one of the best docs I've seen in a long time. The subject itself is fascinating, but what's even cooler is the access the filmmakers had to Chong himself. The film reveals the personality behind the persona--all while giving an in-depth look into the life of a comic legend. In addition,the film gives an extremely eye-opening look at drug policy in this country. I don't think that most people realize the roots of the most of the drug laws in the U.S. are based in racism, and this film does a great job of exposing that in a non-preachy (even hilarious!) manner. Anyone who has the chance should absolutely catch "a/k/a Tommy Chong."


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