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Release Date:
22 April 1972 (Japan) See more »
Pamela knew that life without David was only existing. She also knew that life with him would destroy her.
Remy is a medical student who has a flair for making his patients comfortable. His genuine concern for... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Michael Sarrazin ... Remy

Jacqueline Bisset ... Pamela

Jon Cypher ... Alan

Allen Garfield ... Stutter
Kurt Dodenhoff ... Matthew

Marcia Jean Kurtz ... Nurse

Kevin Conway ... Clancy
Roger Robinson ... Angel

Antonio Fargas ... Boy
Milt Kamen ... Physician
Susan Doukas ... Ward nurse
Suzannah Norstrand ... Sylvia

Ultra Violet ... Patient
William Abruzzi ... Lecturer (as Dr. William Abruzzi)
Matthew Anton ... David
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tony Capodilupo ... Max
Tom Floral ... Michael

Katherine Helmond ... Saleslady
Tom Lacy ... Manager
Jan Saint ... Morgue attendant

Elizabeth Saunders ... Saleslady (as Elizabeth Brown)
Barbara Thurston ... Margaret
Larry Weber ... Dr. Markham
Hazel Steck ... Woman (uncredited)

Directed by
Stuart Hagmann 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Israel Horovitz 

Produced by
Robert Chartoff .... producer
Irwin Winkler .... producer
Original Music by
Fred Karlin 
Cinematography by
Richard E. Brooks 
Richard C. Kratina  (as Dick Kratina)
Film Editing by
John C. Howard 
Art Direction by
Robert Gundlach 
Costume Design by
Joseph G. Aulisi 
Production Management
Hal Schaffel .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dwight Williams .... dga trainee (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Vinnie Gerardo .... assistant camera
Other crew
Scott MacDonough .... unit publicist (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"Den vita lögnen" - Sweden (imdb display title)
"Jackie" - Italy
"Valkoinen valhe" - Finland
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USA:86 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Sound Mix:
Finland:K-16 (video) | Sweden:15 (video) | UK:X (original rating) | USA:R

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The original title was "Speed is of the Essence". This was also the title of the Gail Sheehy's story published in New York magazine upon which the movie was based. Gail Sheehy wrote the article about her sister's addiction.See more »
Remy:You're hungry? How dare you! How dare you! All right, all right. You're hungry! Let's see. Let's see. Ah-ha! Chocolate syrup. Here! Here! Drink it. Drink it. Drink it all. Don't leave anything left. Down the hatch. C'mon. Drink the chocolate syrup, bitch!See more »
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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Surprisingly Good, 16 December 2005
Author: Crap_Connoisseur from Australia

"Believe In Me" has been aired quite regularly of late on Australian cable TV. I stumbled across it and (embarrassingly enough) thought I would check it out because I liked the Lou Rawls theme song. I'm really glad I did because this film turned out to be a small gem.

During the first 10 or 15 minutes of the film, I thought I was in for a corny romance about a dedicated doctor, Remy, and his editor girlfriend, Pamela. I was genuinely surprised when Dr. Do Good stole hospital supplies to get high and was really taken aback when Pamela decided to follow Remy's example and started to shoot up. Pamela and Remy's descent into drug addiction is affecting and very gritty for a mainstream movie made in 1971. I'm sure the subject matter of white collar drug use was even more confronting back then than it is now.

I was interested to read that a significant amount of the film was edited out and re-shot because it was thought to be too bleak. This explains the jarring way in which lighter moments are interspersed into the action and the very annoying use of the (quite lovely) romantic score, which I think was intended to give the impression that the film really just a tragic love story. I'm sure the studio thought this would make the film more palatable to audiences but it just makes the story seem ridiculous. Nevertheless, the studio butchery does not entirely ruin the film. The performances by Michael Sarrazin and Jacqueline Bisset are great and the film does provide a fresh perspective on drug addiction.

I would really love to see the film as the director originally intended. I think "Believe In Me" is ripe for a director's cut on DVD, this is one of those rare films that seems more relevant today than when it was made. Recommended!

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