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Drugs in Film

24 Hour Party People. (UK, 2002)

Directed by Michael Winterbottom. Cast: Steve Coogan, Keith Allen, Rob Brydon, Enzo Gilenti, Ron Cook, Chris Coghill, Paddy Considine, Danny Cunningham, Dave Gorman, Sean Harris. "Manchester 1976: Cambridge educated Tony Wilson (Steve Coogan), Granada TV presenter, is at a Sex Pistols gig. Totally inspired by this pivotal moment in music history, he and his friends set up a record label, Factory Records, signing first Joy Division (who go on to become New Order) then James and the Happy Mondays, who all become seminal artists of their time.

A Scanner Darkly (2006)

Directed by Richard Linklater. Cast: Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jr., Woody Harrelson, Rory Cochrane, Winona Ryder, Sean Allen, Mitch Baker, Cliff Haby, Steven Chester Prince, Natasha Valdez. Set in a future world where America has lost the war on drugs, L.A. undercover agents change their faces along with their identities. One officer's liberal ingestion of the drug "Substance D" causes him to develop a split personality, a notorious drug dealer. Along with his superior officers, the police set up an elaborate scheme to catch his drug dealer alter-ego and tear down his operation.

Another Day in Paradise (1997)

Directed by Larry Clark. Cast: James Woods, Melanie Griffith, Vincent Kartheiser, Natasha Gregson Wagner. In the hope of a big score, two junkie couples team up on a cross-country crime spree committing various drug robberies which go disastrously wrong leading to dissent, violence and murder. 101 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Assassin of Youth (1937)

Directed by Elmer Clifton. Cast: Luana Walters, Arthur Gardner A high-school girl gets involved with a ring of teenage marijuana smokers, not realizing that she is being framed by greedy relatives out to prevent her from getting an inheritance, and starts down the road to ruin. A reporter poses as a soda jerk to infiltrate the gang of teen dope fiends and save the clean and wholesome youth of the town from the horrors of marijuana addiction. 73 min. ; also Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Belly (1998)

Directed by Hype Williams. 95 min.

Bigger Than Life (1956)

Directed by Nicholas Ray. Cast: James Mason, Barbara Rush, Walter Matthau. Schoolteacher Ed Avery, who's been suffering bouts of severe pain and even blackouts, is hospitalized with what's diagnosed as a rare inflammation of the arteries. Told by doctors that he probably has only months to live, Ed agrees to an experimental treatment: doses of the hormone cortisone. Ed makes a remarkable recovery, and returns but he must keep taking cortisone tablets regularly to prevent a recurrence of his illness.

Blow (1956)

Directed by Nicholas Ray. Cast: Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Franka Potente, Rachel Griffiths, Paul Reubens, Jordi Molla, Cliff Curtis, Max Perlich, Miguel Sandoval, Ray Liotta. Based on the true story of George Jung. This is an uncompromising look at the rise and fall of the man who became the largest importer of Colombia cocaine to the United States in the 1970's. Based on the book by Bruce Porter.

Boyz 'n the Hood (1991)

Directed by John Singleton. 112 min. ;

Bright Lights, Big City (1988)

Directed by James Bridges. Cast:Michael J. Fox, Kiefer Sutherland, Phoebe Cates. Jamie Conway, an aspiring writer, abandons the wheat fields of Kansas for the skyline of Manhattan, and the city's seductive party subculture. Hitting the clubs night after night, Jamie soon spins out of control, and he risks losing everything and everyone he loves. Based on the novel by Jay McInerney. Special features: Commentary with author/screenwriter Jay McInerney; commentary with cinematographer Gordon Willis; exclusive featurettes: Jay McInerney's The light within ; Big city lights; still photo gallery.