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The Preppie Connection (2015)

R | | Crime, Drama | 18 March 2016 (USA)
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A student at a private school uses his connections to establish a drug trafficking network there.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Tobias Hammel
... Alexis Hayes
... Ellis Tynes
... Fidel
... Ingrid
... Mike Hammel
... Dennis
... Ben
... Laura
... Mr. Jennings
... Raul
... Mr. Gaines
... Dr. Fielding
... Chuck
... Peg Atherton


Based on a true story of a prep school student who smuggled $300k of uncut cocaine into the US in 1984. THE PREPPIE CONNECTION chronicles the exploits of a group of private school students who ran a drug distribution operation in the early 1980s. The story centers on Toby, the lower-class scholarship student, who uses his street cred and access to drugs to make friends with the popular kids, eventually allowing him to cultivate a drug trafficking network. Toby gets in far over his head as he leads his friends into the dangerous world of Colombian drug cartels.

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Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug use, language throughout, sexuality/nudity and some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 March 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Conexão de Elite  »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


It was hard for Derek Oatis to watch the film saying: "I had a hard time revisiting the stuff. It prompted a return to therapy. I had a huge amount of guilt for what I did to my family. But in a weird way, it helped me process this stuff in a way I never had." See more »


the $100 bills used to buy the cocaine during the bidding war are newbie prints/modern bills. See more »

Crazy Credits

There is a snippet with Ed Bradley interviewing Derek Oatis during the end credits. Derek Oatis was the real life drug smuggler that this story is based upon. See more »


Written and performed by Sam Bisbee
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Rather dull
26 December 2016 | by See all my reviews

The narrative follows a predictable arc without any insight that would otherwise make it worthwhile for viewers to watch this film. There was nothing provocative or contentious offered by the flat, almost cardboard like characters. It is the kind of shallow, angst filled melodrama found in movies aimed at the young adults segment except the topic of hard drug use by teenagers is anything but because the tragedy is very real.

Derek Oatis is the person whom this movie was based off. He got away with 5 years probation and 5,000 hours of community service for selling hard drugs to teenage boys and girls. Mull over that for a while and then watch a documentary about what happens when young people become addicted to drugs. None of the people associated with the Derek Oatis case (including Derek Oatis himself) suffered any long-term consequences for what they did. They got expelled from school but then went on to lucrative and prestigious careers in law, finance, media and the like. Knowing this, is it really meaningful to make a film about the 'social injustices' of being a poor kid in a rich kid school?

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