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American Agenda (Drugs: Hollywood) #120046

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 13, 1989
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Hollywood, California: Ken Kashiwahara) Way in which Hollywood is now dealing with the realities of the war on drugs featured; scenes shown from filming of episode of "Midnight Caller" television show and from movie "Less Than Zero"; contrasts made of their tone to earlier films such as "Easy Rider", "Up in Smoke", "The Big Chill". [Actor Gary COLE - talks about the message.] [Disney Studios president Richard FRANK - says industry is now more thoughtful about its portrayal of drugs.] television noted tackling drug issue head on; scenes shown from "Knots Landing". [Writer Bernie LECHOWICK - comments.] [Entertainment Inds. Council's Brian DYACK - says drugs should be portrayed as having negative consequence.] [Film critic Roger EBERT - discusses how drug figures are portrayed in films.] Movie "Clean and Sober" shown. [Producer Tony GANZ - comments on fact that film was not financial success.]

Jennings, Peter;
Kashiwahara, Ken

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