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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

Writer:

Josh Gilbert

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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 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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Storyline

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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Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

Not Rated
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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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20 December 2005 | by shreyasvSee all my reviews

Tommy Chong, a figure who represents a movement to many, may just by his name bring many curious people to the theater. As a fairly conservative individual who more or less believes in the capacity of government, if the film had just been about the unfairness of anti-pot legislation/enforcement it probably wouldn't have done much for me.

Instead, the film shed alarming light on how justice is administered today. It disturbed me how various powerful people decided bringing down Tommy would add celebrity to their resume, and how much of a ruse they used to get him. I didn't necessarily question the legality of the actions (police can do things like send minors into bars to solicit alcohol or cigarettes) but rather the ideology and zealousness behind it. Is this consistent with how the majority of Americans feel we should act?

There is a great biographical aspect to the film that is smartly interwoven with present day events. It helped set context and added some background color to the names Cheech and Chong. I grew up in the 80s and 90s, and this film was a cool glimpse into where our culture has been and how it has evolved.


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