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A/k/a Tommy Chong (2006)

Not Rated | | Documentary | March 2008 (USA)
Documentary about Tommy Chong's federal prosecution under the Bush administration for selling bongs over the Internet.

Director:

Josh Gilbert

Writers:

Josh Gilbert, Steven Hager (co-writer)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Lou Adler ... Himself
Raven Bast Raven Bast ... Herself
Paris Chong Paris Chong ... Himself
Shelby Chong ... Herself
Tommy Chong ... Himself
Peter Coyote ... Himself
Pablo Ferro ... Special Thanks
Steven Hager ... Himself (as Steve Hager)
Jay Leno ... Himself
Bill Maher ... Himself
Cheech Marin ... Himself (as Richard 'Cheech' Marin)
Paul Moyer Paul Moyer ... Himself (archive footage)
Ethan Nadelmann Ethan Nadelmann ... Himself
Eric Schlosser ... Himself
Red Skelton ... Himself (archive footage)
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Storyline

At the height of popularity of the Bush administration -- the federal government entrapped and subsequently imprisoned Tommy Chong. Josh Gilbert began documenting the federal case against his long time friend and counter-culture icon for the terrible crime of selling bongs. This film examines the personal effects on Tommy, the motivations and tactics of the politicized Justice Department under George Bush, set against the back drop of the War on Drugs and the legal issues involved. Written by Josh Gilbert

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Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ака Томми Чонг See more »

Filming Locations:

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

Company Credits

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Color:

Color
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Quotes

Tommy Chong: I wanna make a difference now. That's why life has been so perfect up to now. You know, really! Perfect. Can you imagine? I made a living for ... years, thirty years, talking about a culture; and now I'm finally going to have to stand up and be counted for it. It's just only right.
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Excellent documentary!
14 January 2006 | by waytek98See all my reviews

This movie blew me away at the U.S. debut (Palm Springs International Film Festival). It is a documentary about how Tommy was targeted in a DEA sting operation codenamed "Pipe Dreams". Tommy was arrested in 2003 along with several others in what appears to be a clear entrapment case. Tommy received the harshest sentence of all the defendants and had to serve 9 months prison time in a small California town named "Taft". Although the movie deals with an inherently controversial subject, it makes you wonder why they seem to have really socked it to Tommy as punishment for exercising his 1st amendment rights and making some great films that were loved my many and hated by a few. Hidden a little at first, but inter weaved in the fabric you will also find a story of true love and unconditional devotion... A family that loves each other and sticks together through thick and thin. Shelby and Tommy made sure to greet every moviegoer at the premiere and are two genuinely nice folks who may have achieved unwanted martyrdom but seem to deal with it in a very positive manner. Will see again and take my friends!


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