Dead Is Dead
August 4, 2011 8:04 PM Subscribe
1970s/80s educational anti-drug films. Can you help me identify this one? And (hopefully) find it online?
posted by Miko to society & culture (12 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
When I was in 7th and 8th grade - in about 1982 and 83 - our health class curriculum featured a handful of anti-drug movies, shown on film projectors. This was in New Jersey, if geography matters.
There was one that I have never been able to forget, and a recent Facebook thread reuniting some of my classmates shows that NONE of us were able to forget it. We can't remember many identifying details, but together we've identified several clues or motifs. I'm hoping the hivemind can identify the film based on some of these specifics.
1. There was a narrator voice employed throughout the film, and it was sort of a "Superfly" blaxploitation-style, cool and worldly-sounding male voice.
2. One of the motifs this voice repeated, whenever a subject of the film ended up dead, was that "Dead is Dead." Many of us are convinced that "Dead is Dead" is the title of the film, but searches have so far not produced this film under that title.
3. One scene involves a man strung out on something vomiting bright green vomit in a stairwell.
4. Another scene involves an affluent, suburban white woman who has life stress and takes some sort of pill for it. The narration goes something like "Had a bad day? Pop a pill! Car won't start? Pop a pill!" Ultimately the narrator visits her home and opens a suitcase full of drugs, explaining how she would get hooked on each one over time. The final drug was cocaine, and his quote about that was something like " it ends with the mother of all dirty drugs, sweet cocaine."
I would really love to know more about this film - its provenance, who was in it, who produced it, who funded it - and it would be amazing to see it again, if anyone has it streaming online. IN hopes that MetaFilter's army can turn something up - thanks!