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Story of a Junkie
Story of a Junkie
Actor: John Spaceley
Director: Lech Kowalski
Genres: Drama
R     2004     1hr 35min

Tap a vein and get ready for the seedy underbelly of Story of a Junkie, a film grittier than Trainspotting and more intense than the writings of William S. Burroughs. A worldwide film festival favorite, Story of a Junkie f...  more »


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Actor: John Spaceley
Director: Lech Kowalski
Creators: Raffi Ferrucci, Lech Kowalski, Val Kuklowsky
Genres: Drama
Sub-Genres: Drama
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 07/27/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 35min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 4
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Story of a Junkie
K | New Zealand | 04/09/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I first saw this film in a preview and thought it was some sort of eighties joke. When I found it at the video store and read it was a Troma release, I was convinced. This is no Toxic Avenger though (Although thats a very good movie for different reasons). This movie is very good. Apparently the actors are all real people from the street recreating actual scenes from the main characters life. This is probably not entirely true but the movie has a very real documantary feel and the direction is raw but wholly convincing. The movie does seem a little long though and consists almost entirely of dialogue but is one of the better movies about drugs I have seen and it would be interesting to see more of this directors work. This is my first review and only an opinion so Internet geeks and film buffs who want to discredit me for not talking about certain camera angles or production values or whatever, restrain yourself. I'm just someone who liked the movie and reccomends it."
Christopher W. Curry | Indianapolis, IN | 11/23/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Story of a Junkie follows the real-life drug-addled John Spacely as he worms his way through New York City's filthiest gutters, trash heaps and sewers in search of his next heroin fix. Director Kowakski seamlessly weaves fact with fiction to successfully build a cinematic experience that is as close to the day to day life of a junkie as most will ever want to see. It is subversive and darkly poetic in a harrowing manner that lends itself perfectly to its nightmarish course of study. Occasionally, `Junkie' is sad, even pathetic; and then at other times it is oddly amusing. The near unending parade of graphic images that careen across the screen for its 78 minute duration leaves viewers' nerves stripped red and raw. Spacely mainlines time after time with the camera kept unflinchingly tight on the action, leaving one to believe that the director had some major issues to exorcize by way of his chosen subject. Whether or not director Kowakski found a conclusion to his plight is unknown but what is known is that John Spacely died shortly after the filming of `Junkie' was completed.

This Troma DVD contains a bevy of extras that include: Audio commentary by the film's director, theatrical trailers, tons of sneak previews and even a music video by the death metal act Entombed."