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I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can (1982)

A true story about Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker Barbara Gordon's Valium addiction and her desperate attempts to kick the habit.

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Jack Hofsiss

Writers:

Barbara Gordon (book), David Rabe
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jill Clayburgh ... Barbara Gordon
Nicol Williamson ... Derek Bauer
Dianne Wiest ... Julie Addison
Joe Pesci ... Roger
Geraldine Page ... Jean Scott Martin
Albert Salmi ... Ben Martin
James Sutorius ... Sam Mulligan
Ellen Greene ... Karen Mulligan
Cordis Heard ... Fran
Richard Masur ... Alan Newman
Kasey Connors Kasey Connors ... Sound Woman
Charlie Stavola Charlie Stavola ... Bartender (as Charles Stavola)
Roger Etienne Roger Etienne ... Waiter
Gregory Osborne Gregory Osborne ... Passerby
Eleanor Zee Eleanor Zee ... Emmy Presenter
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A true story about Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker Barbara Gordon's Valium addiction and her desperate attempts to kick the habit.

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The dramatic story of one woman's survival in a battle for her sanity...and her life! See more »

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Biography | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 March 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Berømmelsens pris See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

First produced screenplay of playwright David Rabe. See more »

Alternate Versions

NBC edited 10 minutes from this film for its 1986 network television premiere. See more »

Connections

Featured in Laserdisc Memories: I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

I GUESS I'LL HAVE TO CHANGE MY PLAN
By Howard Dietz & Arthur Schwartz
Recorded by Tony Bennett and Count Basie
Courtesy of Roulette Records, Inc.
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Another triumph for Jill Clayburgh
27 April 2001 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

A restructuring of Barbara Gordon's memoir about a successful female TV producer who is hooked on Valium--and who tries to kick cold turkey, with devastating results. A subplot regarding cancer patient Geraldine Page is expanded for the film (and seemingly takes over, even contributing the title in the film's dialogue!), but this didn't bother me as Jill Clayburgh's lead portrayal carries the movie and gives it strength and sarcastic bite. There are all sorts of conflicted emotions running rampant through the material, and the direction (while not smooth) does manage to sort it all out for the viewer. This was the first time I had ever seen Dianne Wiest in anything and she really impressed me as Clayburgh's therapist (however, Wiest uses all the acting tricks we've seen her do since then, and frankly they're starting to become old hat). The film has some editing problems and looks a little muddy, but I found Clayburgh's struggle intense and real, and her performance brave. *** out of ****


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