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Sex Drugs & Democracy
Sex Drugs Democracy
Actors: Dorothy Short, Kenneth Craig, Lillian Miles, Dave O'Brien, Thelma White
Directors: Jonathan Blank, Louis J. Gasnier
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Music Video & Concerts, Mystery & Suspense
PG     2001

The Netherlands is a social paradise, according to documentarian Jonathan Banks. Prostitution is legal, homosexual marriages are recognized, universal health care and housing are provided by the government, and the persona...  more »


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Actors: Dorothy Short, Kenneth Craig, Lillian Miles, Dave O'Brien, Thelma White
Directors: Jonathan Blank, Louis J. Gasnier
Creators: Barclay Powers, Dwain Esper, George A. Hirliman, Arthur Hoerl, Lawrence Meade, Paul Franklin
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Music Video & Concerts, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Pop, Rock & Roll, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Rph Productions
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 08/21/2001
Original Release Date: 07/08/1994
Theatrical Release Date: 07/08/1994
Release Year: 2001
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

CineGraphic Studios | Frederick, MD USA | 08/14/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I can't tell you how badly I wanted to move to Holland after watching this gem!
I've bought 7 copies to give as presents in the past year.
You really wonder if the USA is the "land of the free".
(Holland looks better every day!)

Well made, informal, great it!

Reefer Madness is one of the cleanest transfers I've seen on DVD.

Hemp for Victory has to be seen to believed. This classic propaganda short begs farmers to start growing dope!
Our navy needed rope for all of the new ships.
Soundtrack bonus CD is tops!"
A different world
Saradele | Denver, CO | 01/04/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This documentary offers a vivid portrait of the Netherlands' permissive social landscape. Interviewing prostitutes, judges, political leaders, coffeehouse owners, and regular Dutch citizens, filmmaker Jonathan Blank makes the case that decriminalizing "soft" drugs and prostitution can advance the public good by freeing government to spend more time on education, prevention, and public health efforts. Blank ties the film together by presenting excerpts from the Dutch constitution, which frames individual liberties very differently than does the U.S. Constitution. These excerpts make clear why the Dutch government does not have the authority to legislate morality. The only flaw in the documentary is that it cheerleads for its political message and fails to document any negatives to the Dutch social arrangement. It must also be said that this documentary is not for the close-minded or easily offended; be prepared for graphic nudity during the section on pornography and live sex shows. The bonus features on the DVD are excellent. Far more amusing than the actual documentary is the black and white film "Reefer Madness," an unintentionally hilarious cautionary tale about how marijuana is sure to transform good citizens into maniacal, murderous thugs. There's also "Hemp for Victory," a short produced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture during World War II to convince farmers that it was their patriotic duty to convert a portion of their land to hemp production. These two features alone are worth the price of the DVD."
Dutch Democracy
J.W.K | Nagano, Japan | 08/26/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The people that appear in SEX, DRUGS AND DEMOCRACY dress and act in a distinctly 90s manner, yet the overall message of the film remains just as vitally important today as when it was released in 1994: namely, that the Dutch have a lot to teach the world about tolerance, equality and democracy. Indeed, by comparison, the United States, which touts itself as a shining beacon of liberty and democracy, resembles a police state under harsh draconian laws."