High on Crack Street: Lost Lives in Lowell

59min | 1995
Watch the true story behind The Fighter in this riveting and critically acclaimed documentary, which features Christian Bales' character from the blockbuster film.

In blue-collar Lowell, Massachusetts, where disappearing industry has produced high unemployment, some residents have turned to crack for relief - only to see their dreams of a better life go up in smoke. HIGH ON CRACK STREET: LOST LIVES IN LOWELL is a harrowing documentary chronicling 18 months in the lives of three crackhouse friends whose addiction has let them to crime and despair.

Brenda, Dicki and Boo-Boo have grown up in and around Lowell. Brenda was an aspiring actress; now she resorts to prostitution to pay for her crack addiction. "I love it more than anything. More than life itself. Yet I hate it worse than anything", says Brenda. Dicki was the "Pride of Lowell" a boxer who once fought Sugar Ray Leonard. He commits robberies to support his habit. Boo-Boo has spent the last twenty years smoking crack, shoplifting, and doing whatever he has to do to stay alive.

To make the film, documentarians Jon Alpert and Mary Ann DeLeo teamed up with Lowell resident and former drug addict Rich Farrell, who was able to obtain remarkable access to the town's drug subculture. In the eighteenth months it took to complete this documentary, the camera follows Brenda, Dicki and Boo-Boo in and out of crack houses, rehab centers and jails. Their sad struggle mirrors the despair of their home town. There are many 'Lowells' in America - where citizens are abandoned to drugs and the empty factories echo their despair.

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Topics: Drugs, Unemployment, Rehab, Crack, United States, Social Issues, Addiction, Politics, Health, Crime, Biography, Documentaries, Jail
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mistress evelynne
mistress evelynne
November 21, 2014
A
JERRY GRAHAM
JERRY GRAHAM
November 21, 2014
B+
RedSkin SanDiego
RedSkin SanDiego
August 10, 2014
A
Kathryn Gower
Kathryn Gower
August 4, 2014
A
Reid Harward
Reid Harward
August 3, 2014
A
Amazing documentary! Grim depiction of life in working-class Lowell, Mass.
Fulgenzio Baracco
Fulgenzio Baracco
August 2, 2014
A-
Melinda Fulwood
Melinda Fulwood
August 2, 2014
Why do people think employment would stop a crackhead from self medicating with Crack? That is like thinking a broom and some cleaning products will stop a hoarder from burying themselves in garbage.
Ian Harty
Ian Harty
August 2, 2014
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life on the pipe..an American tragedy...
Gregory Jones
Gregory Jones
August 2, 2014
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Patricia Sumler
Patricia Sumler
July 19, 2014
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