• The Death of Richie (1977)

The Death of Richie

Release Date: 1977

Not Yet Rated |1 hr 40 min

Plot Summary

Based on a true story, this drama depicts the downfall of teenager Richie Werner (Robby Benson) through a destructive drug habit. Induced by peers to use drugs, Richie is drawn deeper into a pattern of addiction, to the horror of his girlfriend, mother (Eileen Brennan) and brother (Lance Kerwin). Richie's behavior is dealt with most forcefully by his father (Ben Gazzara), who will not tolerate drugs. When Richie becomes increasingly violent, his family must take action.

Cast: Ben Gazzara, Robby Benson, Eileen Brennan, Lance Kerwin, Charles Fleischer, Clint Howard, Harry Gold, Cynthia Eilbacher

Director: Paul Wendkos

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Henry Jaffe Enterprises

Keywords: 1970s, Brother, Fall, Girlfriend, Intense, Temptation, Friend, Father, Mother