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The Preppie Connection (2015)

R | | Crime, Drama | 18 March 2016 (USA)
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A student at a private school uses his connections to establish a drug trafficking network there.

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Tobias Hammel
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Alexis Hayes
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Ellis Tynes
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Fidel
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Ingrid
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Mike Hammel
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Dennis
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Ben
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Laura
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Mr. Jennings
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Raul
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Mr. Gaines
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Dr. Fielding
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Chuck
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Peg Atherton
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Based on a true story of a prep school student who smuggled $300k of uncut cocaine into the US in 1984. THE PREPPIE CONNECTION chronicles the exploits of a group of private school students who ran a drug distribution operation in the early 1980s. The story centers on Toby, the lower-class scholarship student, who uses his street cred and access to drugs to make friends with the popular kids, eventually allowing him to cultivate a drug trafficking network. Toby gets in far over his head as he leads his friends into the dangerous world of Colombian drug cartels.

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for drug use, language throughout, sexuality/nudity and some violence | See all certifications »

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Conexão de Elite  »

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Based on a true story. See more »

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the $100 bills used to buy the cocaine during the bidding war are newbie prints/modern bills. See more »

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There is a snippet with Ed Bradley interviewing Derek Oatis during the end credits. Derek Oatis was the real life drug smuggler that this story is based upon. See more »

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Written by Lawrence Fitzgerald, Simon Pitchers, Fraser Reich and Andy Diagram
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Ambituous Project, Half-Assed Effort
22 June 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A quality cinematic treatment of this infamous episode from the 1980s seems a worthy and ambitious project.

"The Preppie Connection" fails in this endeavor. For starters, the budget was simply not adequate for the scope of this project. Its meant to show the elite prep school environment of the early-1980s, yet its not even close to qualifying as a period piece. Frankly, I don't think the filmmakers even tried very hard in this dept.

I attended a famously "preppie" college in the early-80s, and to me, the costume design here is off, and in a way that makes the costume designer(s) appears lazy.

The acting performances and overall casting are average, nothing really very compelling or inspired from any of these young actors. Logan Huffman as the antagonist is the bright spot.

In an overdone genre of film, this half-baked effort misses the mark on several levels. The filmmakers should have sought better funding, or scraped this project all together. They chose to walk the middle of the road so to speak, so they are left with a somewhat awkward, entirely forgettable film.


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