MCW: Best Drug / Drunk Scene in a Movie

Interesting topic. Few things disturb me as much as addiction to drugs does. If you've ever seen it up close and personal and have been powerless to do anything about it you'll know what I mean. Its like sharing a universe with a bright sun flaring out spikes of bright highs and then watching it transform into an angry red unpredictable orb of destruction and chaos. The trail of tears left behind is a rutted path that you can still see etched across the landscape of relationships long after the addiction ends.

I couldnt watch any clips. Especially the one from Traffic where the girls boyfriend has her freebase heroin and then takes advantage of her; the scene in Pulp Fiction where uma thurman mistakes heroin for coke and has the mother of all confused freak outs (yes I found it more disturbing than the needle in the heart thing). Other memorable moments are the cemetery scene in Easy Rider and Ellen Byrnsten's "diet pill" addiction in Requiem for a Dream. Truth is, I avoid movies with drug scenes like the plague. I have enough anxiety as it is with just regular ol' basic life.

I looked through a few lists on the internet but didnt see the one clip I thought of that is tame and even sort of sweet in the context of these other movies.

Its the scene in Animal House where Pinto, Boone and Katie go over to the professor's house and smoke pot. I love love love the scene where the prof (played by donald sutherland) asks if anybody wants to smoke some pot, and then when they agree, the scene, as seen from Pintos eyes, when the Prof locks the door, pulls down the shades and sets the stage of apprehension and clandestine wonder. Its a sweet scene and about all I can take.

But then I saw Boxer chose the same thing which didn't surprise me. So then I thought I would take a different route and choose a drug scene as in drugged. Two that I like are the ones where in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom he is drugged by Lao Che and has to find the antidote in a crazy swirling room of ice and white balloons, show girls, while being fired upon with machine guns. I also like the scene in Casino Royale where Bond is drugged and has to make it to his car to get to defib paddles to live, and then returns to the poker game to the horror of his nemesis. Good stuff.

Best Drinking / Drunk scenes:

  1.  Karen Allen outdrinking the locals in Nepal in the first Indiana Jones movie
  2. The guys in Jaws drinking and comparing scars.
  3. Liz Taylor as Virginia Wolf ripping into her husband and challenging the integrity of her dress seams
  4. Bad Santa drunk at work
  5. Val Kilmer as Doc Holiday pretty much through the entire movie Tombstone.
Happy MCW everyone! I will be around later to see all the entries.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Didn't know you were so anti-drug.
I remember 1,2 and 5 fondly. Didn't see 3 or 4.

Did Tombstone get any Oscar nods? I liked it and Kilmer in it.

1:41 PM  
Blogger xl said...

I'm not playing this week, but if I were it would be all the White Russian scenes in The Big Lebowski!

2:12 PM  
Blogger K9 said...

troll: you are surprised because i dont have a problem with pot. The examples i gave are serious dangerous drugs - i do make a distinction and i know a lot of people think its hypocritical but there you have it. I dont know about tombstone if there were oscars involved....i liked it but the female characters were insufferable. You know, karen allen in indiana jones has another drunk scene. with Belloch the french archeologist. Happy MCW!!

xl: HOW could i have not thought of that - its only a favorite movie of all time. I actually think of the joint smoking scene with creedence.

4:02 PM  
Blogger Boxer said...

I totally agree about drug use and like you, I'm very "green friendly." I do not believe it is a gateway drug nor do I believe it should be illegal as long as alcohol is. HARD drugs? They are the devil and you first paragraph gave me chills because I have witnessed someone very close to me addicted to drugs and it sucks the life from their lungs and the lungs of everyone around them.

Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf is one of the best drunks I've ever seen.

I didn't see Tombstone and I wonder why no one picked ARTHUR?

Glad you played, sorry I blog jinxed you. ;-)

5:21 PM  
Blogger moi said...

I nearly posted from Virginia Wolf—terrific movie. Whenever I get pissed off, S.B. says, "Don't go getting all Liz on me, now." Which of course just makes me laugh my ass off and ends up saving his.

I like all the scenes in Casino Royale. Very muscular, the first Bond I found tolerable after Goldfinger.

Oh, and I couldn't agree with you more about the utter horror that drug addiction can become. Unfortunately, making them illegal solves nothing. Our drug policy is whack on crack.

5:30 PM  
Blogger Buzz Kill said...

I like your top 5 drunk scenes although I think Doc Holiday was more dying from TB than drunk, but that's a fine line. And you know I've talked about Bad Santa many o time.

Requiem for a Dream is probably the most intense drug movie I've ever seen. I pondered that one for days after I saw it. Unfortunately for Ellen Burstyn, she got robbed of an Oscar by Julia Roberts in Erin Brockovich (way over-rated).

Happy MCW!

5:53 PM  
Blogger K9 said...

boxer: well i didnt pick Arthur because i didnt particularly like it or Dudley Moore. but he is good choice for a full 2 hours of drunkeness. i remember the best thing about it was John Gielgud. (or whoever.)

actually, had i posted sunday night when i wrote mine i would have jinxed YOU! grrrrrhahahahaaha

Happy MCW! (what is next weeks theme?)

6:05 PM  
Blogger K9 said...

moi: yes casino royale is a bad ass bond like early sean connery. the beat down scene is memorable. (his first kill) Of course our drug war is whack. look how many times the CIA has been busted running drugs. it serves someones interests for money and that it why it is how it is.

buzzkill: i agree with you on Requiem. what a movie. It was great -but i never want to see it again. i know! julia roberts over ellen burstyn? robbed indeed. you know, i saw the last picture show not too long ago and ellen was a babe! I think Doc in Tombstone was both sick and drunk through the whole movie!!

6:14 PM  
Blogger K9 said...


Happy MCW! Buzz and Moi!

6:14 PM  
Blogger Boxer said...

next week's theme:

Best use of meth in a movie.

Oh, OK,

Favorite Hitchcock Movie.

7:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wasn't surprised, I just didn't know. And I don't put Pot in the same category as potent dangerous drugs prepped for market by folks with a wide array of competence.

I've met addicts, and they're sad. But sadder still is the person who was never and never would be an addict but blew their brains out with ONE episode of drug use. Potent dangerous drugs can do that. Pot cannot.

The certainty with which druggies speak slays me. "This cocaine is from Peru". "These pills are Seco-Barbital".

Dude, it's white powder in a vial and red capsules in a baggie that you obtained from a criminal. You have NO CLUE what it is!

8:22 PM  
Blogger X. Dell said...

I think I would have included a scene in Up in Smoke where one woman snorts several lines of Ajax cleanser.

8:42 PM  
Blogger dianne said...

I thought that Val Kilmer played a great part in Tombstone and I also loved the amount of 'White Russian' scenes in The Big Lebowski , a great film.

xoxoxo ♡

3:11 AM  
Blogger Pete Bogs said...

The Jaws scene is a great one, for sure. I, too, have trouble watching a lot of drug scenes - some are graphic, and I just can't understand such wantonly self-destructive behavior. Traffic didn't bother me, but Requiem for a Dream and Trainspotting are especially grotesque. (That hasn't stopped Trainspotting from being a favorite movie, however.)

As for me and drugs, I'll stick to my pints of Guinness - especially tonight!

2:03 PM  
Blogger Aunty Belle said...

Pete Bogs???

Oh gracious, howdy kiddo--how is ya?? This is YORE night, heh.

Now, whar's the Rev? and Bird Beauty??

Dawg, I'se on yore page--no drug scenes 'cause it makes me wanna kill. An' yep, marijuana is a drug, capital D. It is stored in fat cells--at least alcohol burns off in 12 hours. Pot? hangs wif ya--jes one joint--hangs onto ya fer 20 days. That ain't harmless.

I'se in Moi's camp on the drunk scene--from Holly Golightly's party. Thas' as much as I can take--onc't watched Days of Wine and Roses an' see that pretty Lee Remmick decend into lush looniness--horror!

5:06 PM  
Blogger foam said...

i think my favorite "higher then a kite" scene is when the dude is floating under all those legs ... hehehe ...

7:13 PM  

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