The Death of Richie


Action / Drama

IMDb Rating 6.9 10 335


Uploaded By: FREEMAN
April 15, 2021 at 12:30 PM



Clint Howard as Peanuts
Robby Benson as Richie Werner
Eileen Brennan as Carol Werner
Barry Miller as Domenic
897.1 MB
English 2.0
24 fps
1 hr 37 min
P/S 0 / 3

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by bandit29073 10 / 10

a great movie

This is one movie all teenagers should see. I seen it as a teenager and it really opened my eyes about drugs. How drugs can destroy your life, your family. It was a sad but true movie. If people could just see the pain, maybe they would think twice before trying drugs. To me it was one of the altime great movies. Hopefully it will air soon again on T.V. or come out on video.

Reviewed by moonspinner55 5 / 10

Well-regarded TV-movie about a teenage addict...still relevant, despite an overlay of histrionics

Ben Gazzara and Robby Benson are solid as battling father and son in this true story about a teenage boy, rebellious and prone to joy-riding all night, who gets involved with drugs. His hard-working, long-suffering parents try to stop the downward spiral, but nothing can break through to their angry, apathetic kid, who seems intent on destroying himself. Despite dated trappings and an overemphasis on parents of addicts who cop out or turn a blind eye (designed to show all sides), the film still packs a small punch. John McGreevey's teleplay, adapted from the book "Richie" by Thomas Thompson, is a bit thick with writer's ink, and the pretensions show through (particularly in an early scene with the father giving a speech in his son's bedroom at two in the morning). However, director Paul Wendkos does a good job at steering us through the tragic circumstances, and the family's plight is certainly a heart-rending one.

Reviewed by michma321 10 / 10

Best drug movie of all time - Watch it with your kids

I remember seeing this movie when it first aired on TV when I was 8. Scared the crap out of me. Richie's story was in the back of my mind every time I said no to drugs and my friends didn't. Because of that I watched this movie with each of my kids shortly before they entered middle school. It's free on youtube at As we watched they would ask questions and I would pause the movie and answer their questions. Or sometimes I would pause the movie and comment on something to make sure they understood the significance of what was happening.

I was tempted to give this movie a 9 but I think that was mostly because it seems dated, and I wanted to avoid punishing a movie simply because it was old (I feel the same way about Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind, It's a Wonderful Life). Accepting that this movie was made in the 70s, and made for TV, I think it's a 10 in all respects. The story, the writing, the acting by the 3 main characters, and the score just rip your heart to shreds and fill your eyes with tears. Such a powerful, emotional illustration of how drugs destroy families;how kids should never, ever try them, not even once; and how parents should never, ever give up on their kids, no matter what.

Unfortunately this movie tells a true story. Very dark material that will find its way to the darkest parts of your soul. After watching this movie I felt about drug dealers the same way I felt about the Nazis after watching Schindler's List.


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