Dealing: Or the Berkeley-to-Boston Forty-Brick Lost-Bag Blues (1972)

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In this dated druggie comedy drama, John Lithgow plays a blue blooded, ultra-square, and terribly snooty student from Harvard who goes to swinging Berkeley to buy a load of pot. In the midst of this endeavor he manages to fall in love with a beautiful hippie chick.
Rating: R
Genre: Action & Adventure , Comedy , Drama
Directed By: Paul Williams (V) , Paul Williams
Written By: Michael Crichton , Paul Williams , David Odell
In Theaters: wide
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Runtime:
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Cast

Joy Bang
as Sandra
Ted Williams
as Receptionist
Anitra Walsh
as Townie Girl
Tom Harvey
as Captain Fry
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On the surface, this seemed like it would be really interesting: an early script by Michael Crichton, a drug dealing noir theme, and the first film ever featuring a long haired John Lithgow. The film depicts a law student who goes by the street name "Lucifer" [ha ha] who decides to put the bar exam on hold, and sling a few "bricks" of weed, engage in some "balling" and live life to the fullest! Well, it's never that easy, is it? The film is interesting, seeing a sojourn into a recording studio which looks exactly like I'd picture Elektra Records to have looked circa 1970. [I might not be far off, since the film features a cameo by Kama Sutra Record's Buzzy Linhart]. Other film heavyweights make appearances, like Charles Durning [as the fuzz] and a very young Paul Sorvino pops up toward the end. However, the suspense just didn't grab me, it had a glib vibe that was probably due to everyone involved with the project being stoned on grass. The star quotient/rating would undoubtedly go up, with a viewer's THC level.

Chuck Nolan
Chuck Nolan

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