Reefer Madness

Reefer Madness

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Director: Andy Fickman

Cast: Andy Fickman, Kristen Bell, Christian Campbell, Neve Campbell

     
 

The made-for-cable musical satire Reefer Madness is based on the award-winning play of the same name, which in turn was inspired by the notorious -- and deliciously awful -- 1936 anti-marijuana film originally titled Tell Your Children. A smarmy lecturer (Alan Cumming in the first of his three roles in the film) arrives in a typical small town of theSee more details below

Overview

The made-for-cable musical satire Reefer Madness is based on the award-winning play of the same name, which in turn was inspired by the notorious -- and deliciously awful -- 1936 anti-marijuana film originally titled Tell Your Children. A smarmy lecturer (Alan Cumming in the first of his three roles in the film) arrives in a typical small town of the late '30s to warn the populace of the dangers of the "evil weed," bringing along a lurid propaganda film to dramatize his message. In broad, unsubtle, and hilarious strokes, the movie-within-a-movie shows how even a squeaky-clean pair of highschoolers named Mary Lane (Kristen Bell) and Jimmy Harper (Christian Campbell) can become hopeless dope addicts by succumbing to the lure of marijuana. Reefer Madness is not only a savage skewering of the original black-and-white movie (some of the musical's campiest lines are taken directly from the earlier script!), but also a devastating attack on what playwrights Kevin Murphy and Dan Studney consider to be the real reason that the 1936 movie was made: to frighten the public out of their wits in order to keep them under the thumb of an oppressive government. Thus, the musical manages to take a number of not-so-veiled swipes at xenophobia, racism, McCarthyism, the Bush Administration's Homeland Security policy, and even the recent FCC clampdown on "offensive" TV fare (one of the film's highlights is a garish nightclub number featuring Jesus Christ). The ebulliently staged songs include "The Stuff," "Down at the Ol' Five and Dime," "Lonely Pew," "Listen to Jesus Jimmy," "Mary Jane/Mary Lane," "The Brownie Song," "Tell 'Em the Truth," and the title number. Officially titled Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical, this film first aired April 16, 2005, on the Showtime cable service.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/08/2005
UPC:
0758445115628
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
R
Source:
Showtime Ent.
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:49:00
Sales rank:
17,586

Special Features

Closed Caption; Original black & white film from 1936; Grass Roots: Behind the Scenes; Cast commentary; Cast biographies

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kristen Bell Mary Lane
Christian Campbell Jimmy Harper
Neve Campbell Miss Poppy
Alan Cumming Lecturer,Goat-Man,FDR
Ana Gasteyer Mae Coleman
John Kassir Ralph Wiley
Amy Spanger Sally DeBains
Robert Torti Jesus
Steven Weber Jack Stone
Kevin McNulty Mayor Harris MacDonald
Stephen J.M. Sisk Blumsack
Stephen E. Miller Mr. Paul Kochinski
Robert Clarke Principal Poindexter Short
Ruth Nichol Mrs. Roxanne MacDonald
Lynda Boyd Mrs. Deirdre Greevey
Harry Murphy Warden Harrah
Christine Lakin Joan of Arc
John Mann Satan
Michael A. Goorjian Mickey Druther
Patti Allan Jimmy's Mom
Jeanie Cloutier Mrs. Lori Wang
Tom Arntzen Off. D.J. Sordelet
Ken Kirzinger Secret Service Agent Matthews
Alexz Johnson Arc-ette
Brittney Irvin Arc-ette
Abraham Jedidiah Dead Old Man
Chang Tseng Asian Guy
Peter Jorgensen Billy Curio
Ross Atley Shakespeare
Christie Arellano Mrs. Park
Ray Myers Sibley "Sax" Jenkins
Jonathan Bruce Inmate Magnanti
Jim Beardon Moses
Dolly Dots Herself

Technical Credits
Andy Fickman Director,Executive Producer
Michael Diner Art Director
David Fischer Production Designer
Jeff Freeman Editor
Mary Ann Kellogg Choreography
Jan Kiesser Cinematographer
Beth Klein Casting
Jan Körbelin Executive Producer
Rose Lam Producer
Patrice Leung Asst. Director
Maya Mani Costumes/Costume Designer
David Manning Score Composer
Glenn T. Morgan Sound/Sound Designer
Kevin Murphy Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Kevin Murphy Score Composer
Red Rover Studios Animator
Dan Studney Score Composer,Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Jimmy Veres Executive Producer
Nathan Wang Score Composer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Reefer Madness
1. Reefer Madness [10:15]
2. Romeo & Juliet [6:26]
3. The Stuff [4:12]
4. Five & Dime [12:31]
5. The Orgy [7:11]
6. Lonely Pew [3:54]
7. Listen to Jesus [9:56]
8. Mary Jane [7:33]
9. Brownie Song [6:36]
10. Little Mary Sunshine [6:53]
11. Mary's Death [5:30]
12. Murder [15:16]
13. The Truth [6:32]
14. End Credits [5:02]

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