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Reefer Madness
- David O'Brien

Overview - Considered by many to be the most famous exploitation film ever, REEFER MADNESS is a hilariously campy cult-classic about the dangers of the devil's weed. You know, marijuana. The story stems from a high school principle's lecture to parents during a PTA meeting about the dangers of smoking pot, which apparently leaves the teens in a state of mental lunacy!  Read more...

 
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Overview

Considered by many to be the most famous exploitation film ever, REEFER MADNESS is a hilariously campy cult-classic about the dangers of the devil's weed. You know, marijuana. The story stems from a high school principle's lecture to parents during a PTA meeting about the dangers of smoking pot, which apparently leaves the teens in a state of mental lunacy! Originally titled: "Tell Your Children."

Cast List

Dave O'Brien
Lawrence Meade - WRITER
Louis Gasnier - Director/"Reefer Madness"
Kenneth Craig - Actor
Dorothy Short - Actress
George A. Hirliman - Producer
Arthur Hoerl - Screenwriter
Paul Franklin - SCREENWRITER
Lillian Miles - American Character Actress
Thelma White - AMERICAN CHAR. ACTRESS

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 67
  • Color Format: B&W
  • UPC: 089218402493
  • Genre: Cult
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Release Date: July 2002

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Campy
Cult Film
Drugs
Politics
Substance Abuse
Exploitation
Road To Ruin
Essential Cinema

 
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Synopsis:
Educator Dr. Carroll warns parents about the dangers of the scourge of marijuana usage by schoolchildren. A group of college students have their lives turned upside down as they get hooked on dope and descend into a world of wild parties, car accidents, rape, murder and suicide.

Notes:
The prologue to the film states: "Marihuana is... an unspeakable scourge--the Real Public Enemy Number One! Its first effect is sudden violent, uncontrollable laughter, then come dangerous hallucinations,... the loss of all power to resist physical emotions, leading finally to acts of shocking violence,... ending often in incurable insanity." Although production values for this cult-film are okay for a crime melodrama of its type, "Reefer Madness" is about as subtle as a brick. In its treatment of marijuana as a drug that brings complete ruin on all who sample it, and more dangerous a narcotic than heroin, the film manages to lose whatever edge it may have had in its time. And when those college kids light up, they all get evil gleams in their eyes and dance with abandon. Not to be confused with the 1922 British film (released by Gaumont) "Tell Your Children," adapted from Rachel MacNamara's novel "Lark's Gate."

Reviews:
"In the late 1960s, it was reissued and became a campus favorite for years..." - 04/23/2004 USA Today, p.4E

 
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