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The Boy Who Drank Too Much (1980)

Not Rated | | Drama, Family, Sport | TV Movie 6 February 1980
A popular high school hockey player hides that fact that he is an alcoholic.


Jerrold Freedman


Shep Greene (novel), Edward DeBlasio (teleplay)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Baio ... Buff Saunders
Lance Kerwin ... Billy Carpenter
Ed Lauter ... Gus Carpenter
Mariclare Costello ... Mrs. Carpenter
Stephen Davies ... Alan
Toni Kalem ... Tina
Katherine Pass Katherine Pass ... Donna Watson
Dan Shor ... Art Collins
Michele Tobin Michele Tobin ... Julie
Don Murray ... Ken Saunders
Ron Max Ron Max ... Coach Anderson
Marla Frumkin Marla Frumkin ... Lucy
Jerry McNeely Jerry McNeely ... Spanish Teacher
Dan Spector ... Murph
John Roselius John Roselius ... Paul Watson


Scott Baio plays a high school hockey player. He is well liked and well respected among his coach and teammates. What they don't know is that he is an alcoholic. His background comes from his father, who is also an alcoholic. Baio must work to stay clean and sober so he doesn't lose his position on the hockey team or the respect from his friends. Written by Pat McCurry <ccgrad97@aol.com>

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Buff and Billy. They both liked sports. They both liked girls. Except Buff was an alcoholic, and only Billy could save him. See more »


Drama | Family | Sport


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Release Date:

6 February 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El chico que bebía demasiado See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Billy goes to a treatment center that is in another city, it's actually one block away from the High School they shot the film at. See more »


Gus Carpenter: Put that down!
Buff Saunders: What for?
Gus Carpenter: 'Cause you're not old enough!
Buff Saunders: How old do you have to be to be a stinking drunk like you?
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Referenced in The Hour: Episode #7.30 (2010) See more »


Lonely Street, Winter Day
Music by Michael Small
Lyrics by Jerry McNeely
Sung by Robert Jason
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Man, Scott Baio was the king of Just Say No, wasn't he?
18 September 2006 | by Rilchiam-1See all my reviews

BJs Twit, that was ANOTHER other Afterschool Special! The one where Baio was a diver and missed the meet because of a drunk driving accident was called "All the Kids Do It". Jeez, how many of these were there? Anyway, I remember all three of these, and I remember hating Stoned, because obviously Baio's character had problems fitting in, and problems living in his brother's shadow, but all he "learns" is that getting high is the WRONG way to deal with that. Nothing about the RIGHT way. The message I got was that you should do drugs just so you can get clean, and THEN people will respect you for getting clean. What-ever.

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