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High on Crack Street: Lost Lives in Lowell

High on Crack Street: Lost Lives in Lowell
59:52 | 1995

Categories: Health and Food, Biography, Politics, Crime

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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LaShawnM
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May 17, 2015
B
Philip Nichol
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May 14, 2015
A
Bruatlly real ,and shows that dependence is an illness.
Natalee Morrison
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May 6, 2015
A+
Very graphic which gives this film the grade that it has
Linda Broussard
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March 25, 2015
A+
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February 1, 2015
A+
Diane Marie
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December 31, 2014
A
Harrowing. Now, just substitute meth and smaller towns. Same result.
mistress evelynne
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November 21, 2014
A
JERRY GRAHAM
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November 21, 2014
B+
RedSkin SanDiego
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August 10, 2014
A
Kathryn Gower
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August 4, 2014
A
Reid Harward
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August 3, 2014
A
Amazing documentary! Grim depiction of life in working-class Lowell, Mass.
Fulgenzio Baracco
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August 2, 2014
A-
Melinda Fulwood
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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
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August 2, 2014
A
life on the pipe..an American tragedy...
Gregory Jones
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August 2, 2014
A-
Patricia Sumler
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July 19, 2014
A
Beth Rogers
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June 26, 2014
B+
Mitch
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March 10, 2014
C
Morgan Cole
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February 14, 2014
B-
Curtis Jones
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December 19, 2013
C-
good info...
Alex Lovin
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December 18, 2013
A+
This riveting documentary follows the lives of three crackheads in Lowell MA as they struggle with their addictions and relationships.
Jimi Lanham
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December 13, 2013
A
janice
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December 10, 2013
A-
curiosofilms
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December 8, 2013
A
debra sparks
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November 26, 2013
A+
Tamara PM
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November 25, 2013
B
Chris Chris
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November 8, 2013
A
Well edited, but yet the content was extremely raw. This gave credence to the show for telling it like it is. I was appalled at Brenda for flipping back and forth about having the child. It made me understand just how addictive crack must be, for a mother to want to give up her child!
Mary Beth Morgan
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October 15, 2013
C
Judy Coppola
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August 22, 2013
Judy Coppola rated it A, I don't know why it said I rated it C. It was excellent.