Dead Is Dead?

“Dead Is Dead.”

Anyone else remember this one? And no, before you say it, I’m not talking about the episode of “Lost” that also carries the title.

Actor Godfrey Cambridge produced this 21-minute anti-drug film in 1970. I saw it at least every year I was in senior high school. Among the things featured in this powerful no-holds-barred short are footage of addicts going cold turkey, the music of Bill Withers and Curtis Mayfield, and a female heroin addict vomiting as she falls down a flight of stairs.

It seemed to be the school’s answer to show the film rather than actually talk to us about drugs, a subject many of us at that age already knew more about than the teachers did.

Still, I’d love to see this film again. Anyone else remember it, or better yet know how to obtain a copy?

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About Glenn Walker

Glenn Walker is a professional writer, and editor-in-chief and contributing writer at Biff Bam Pop!. A blogger, podcaster, and reviewer of pop culture in all its forms, he's done stints in radio, journalism and video retail. Ask him anything about movies, television, music, or especially comics or French fries, and you’ll be hard pressed to stump him or shut him up.

Posted on October 7, 2009, in 1970s, bill withers, childhood, curtis mayfield, dead is dead, drugs, godfrey cambridge, high school, lost, nostalgia. Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. i hear amazon has them.. and the library maybe.

  2. If you have the link for Amazon, I would be happy to check it out, but my searches have found zip.

  3. Did you ever find the documentary Dead is Dead? If so, please fill me in. I've been searching, but no luck. Thanks!

  4. Did you ever find a copy of the documentary Dead is Dead? I've been searching, but no luck. Please let me know if you've found it! Thanks.

  5. Even after all this time, I have yet to find this film, or even get any hints as to where I could find it. If you do, please let me know.

  6. I remember this film from 1983-1987 sometime….I seriously think it is why I never got addicted to drugs. I wish someone could locate it. Sad that in todays world and the internet, that we can't find it! Please keep me posted if you locate it! Thanks!

  7. This film really hit home. I've been searching high & low for this film and after all the years gone by I find it here http://www.avgeeks.com/wp2/dead-is-dead-dvd/

  8. I've never seen it, but I would like to if you find the link. I've always thought that a picture was worth a thousand words.

  9. I have obtained a copy, and intend to post a review when I get a chance.

  10. It makes me so happy I am not the only one that Clearly remembers this film! We were shown it in 6th grade and I couldn't sleep for a week! I wish it was made available on YouTube or similar site, as many people should see this today. I am sure it seems dated now, but those photos in the film are unforgettable!

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