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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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Documentary

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Official Sites:

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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 »

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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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informative and entertaining
16 January 2006 | by systems-studentSee all my reviews

This is a hilarious and frightening look at the career and persecution of Tommy Chong. Loaded with hilarious clips of Tommy's classics like "Up In Smoke", the real subject of the movie is, of course, very serious.

The manner in which Chong was targeted and the resources spent on his arrest and prosecution were both somewhat shocking. Bill Maher said it best: "Don't you feel safer knowing the Tommy Chong is in prison?"

Whether the viewer is a relic of the 70's or just interested in constitutional rights, (these people actually do exist) this movie is definitely worth seeing.


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