I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can (1982)





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Jill Clayburgh plays, as one character calls her, "a pill-popping dingbat" in this film adaptation of television producer Barbara Gordon's autobiographical account of her addiction to prescription drugs. Clayburgh plays Gordon in the film as a successful television documentary filmmaker whose mounting pressures force her to pop a Valium or two for nerves. She then ingests a few more pills after an argument with boyfriend Derek Bauer (Nicol Williamson). And thus begins her slow and steady compulsion to keep taking more and more Valium. Finally realizing her addiction, Gordon makes a disastrous attempt to go cold turkey but fails miserably, finally having to undergo a painful rehabilitation in an institution.
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Jill Clayburgh
as Barbara Gordon
Nicol Williamson
as Derek Bauer
Joe Pesci
as Roger
Dianne Wiest
as Julie Addison
Geraldine Page
as Jean Martin
James Sutorius
as Sam Mulligan
Ellen Greene
as Karen Mulligan
Richard Masur
as Alan Newman
Kasey Connors
as Sound Woman
Charlie Stavola
as Bartender
Roger Etienne
as Waiter
Gregory Osborne
as Passerby
Eleanor Zee
as Emmy Presenter
John Shearin
as Emmy Official
David Polk
as Stage Manager
Joseph Maher
as Dr. Kalman
Ann Weldon
as Nurse
Angel Ferreira
as Delivery Boy
Jeffrey DeMunn
as Dr. Roberts
Thomas Hill
as Dr. Morgan
Toni Kalem
as Debbie
Dan Hedaya
as Dr. Klein
Kathleen Widdoes
as Dr. Rawlings
Erin Halligan
as Denise
Beatrice Lynch
as Patient
Eddy Donno
as Orderly
Glenn Wilder
as Orderly
Edward Betz
as Assistant Editor
John Lithgow
as Mr. Brunner
Lara Cody
as Newscaster
Wendy Cutler
as Crew Member
Malcolm Groome
as Talent Coordinator
DeVera Marcus
as Therapist
Paul Wilson
as Patient
Andy Goldberg
as Disc Jockey
Dennis Lee
as Doctor
Derwin Jordan
as Doctor
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Critic Reviews for I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can

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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
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August 30, 2004
New York Times
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March 9, 2006
Atlantic City Weekly

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August 11, 2005

there's more than a little barely veiled hero worship here

June 26, 2005

I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can hasn't exactly aged all that well. And that's me being kind.

Full Review… | June 20, 2005

Audience Reviews for I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can


[size=2]I'm beginning the rather lengthy task of entering into the database every film I have seen, at least those I have a decent memory of. Some may have the briefest of reviews while many will just have a number. Those films that I consider personal favorites and/or those that have some historical signficance I will add later when I have time for more lengthy reviews. [b]Gregory's Girl[/b], directed by Bill Forsyth, is a sweet little coming-of-age story. [b]Brewster's Millions[/b], directed by Walter Hill, is a rather unfunny comedy about a man who inherits millions of dollars. Stars John Candy and Richard Pryor. [b]Children of the Corn[/b], directed by Fritz Kiersch, was just one of the many unmemorable horro films released in the 80's. [b]Harry & Son[/b], directed by and starring Paul Newman, is a family drama about a middle-aged blue collar father (Newman) and his teenaged son (Robby Benson). Anybody remember Robby Benson? Or this film? I didn't think so! [b]I'm Dancing As Fast As I Can.[/b] Jill Clayburgh is addicted to valium and tries to go cold turkey. Not the most memorable drug film I've ever seen. [/size]

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