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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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Fidel
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Mike Hammel
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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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It was hard for Derek Oatis to watch the film saying: "I had a hard time revisiting the stuff. It prompted a return to therapy. I had a huge amount of guilt for what I did to my family. But in a weird way, it helped me process this stuff in a way I never had." 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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Sunlight Bathed the Golden Glow
Written by Maurice Deebank and Lawrence Hayward
Performed by Jacksie
Courtesy of Cherry Red Songs (ASCAP
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Entertaining and engaging enough
19 March 2016 | by See all my reviews

I saw The Preppie Connection tonight, and found myself enjoying every bit of it. The fact that it was a true story made it an easy sell for me, but I particularly appreciate that the film makers didn't present anything fantastic or over the top. Instead, you really feel that what you are watching is probably what actually took place, no more, no less. In short, the risk the main character takes in traveling abroad for the purpose of drug trafficking is presented clearly and thoroughly for the viewer, and this serves to make the film engaging.

I've read a review elsewhere that regards the acting in this film as weak. I don't agree at all. I thought the acting was great, the kids were believable, and I especially liked the soundtrack.

To sum up, I probably wouldn't go handing out Oscars to the actors and crew, but in my opinion the film entertains all the way through, and is definitely worthwhile watching.


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