About the movie

This psychological drama, based on the novel by Hubert Selby Jr., depicts four different forms of drug addiction that lead to the characters’ imprisonment in a world of delusion and desperation. Harry and his best friend Tyrone are heroin addicts living in Coney Island, NY, while Harry's girlfriend Marion is a fellow addict trying to distance herself from her wealthy father. Meanwhile, Harry's mother, Sara, is told she has the opportunity to appear on her favourite game show. Wanting to lose weight, her doctor gives her a prescription for amphetamines. Soon Sara has a drug habit of her own that is also spiralling out of control. This film received many awards including the AFI Movie of the Year (2001).