High on Crack Street: Lost Lives in Lowell

8.2/10 based on 6 votes

The documentary frames the lives of three addicts against this background; particularly their hopeless situations, while exploring them as human beings.

The film reveals the lives behind addiction: their aspirations, why they do drugs and why they don’t quit, etc. It interviews their families, friends, and members of the community, discussing how drugs have destroyed the lives of the addicts. Richard Farrell, one of the directors, writers, and producers, is a native Lowellian and a former addict; allowing the crew deep access to the city’s drug scene.

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  • Tom

    This was just too awesome! Highly recommended for those who like heroin documentaries. What an insane life to live… wow, I’m really thinking about watching it again later… Insane!

  • KPR

    I watched this when it was first released on HBO. I had heard of Dickie Eklund the fighter but had no idea this is what had become of him.

    A couple years later of course I watched Micky Ward’s terrific slugfests with Arturo Gatti and recalled Ward was Eklund’s brother and at that time wanted to view this doc again. Alas, I could never find it…

    Then of course came the movie ‘The Fighter’ about Ward and Dickie etc…

    And happily, now here the doc is finally again available for viewing, thanks to vimeo!

    Finally, I seem to recall that the doc was longer than 1 hour. Seems to me it was done in 2 parts or maybe there was a follow up recorded a few months after the original above. Anyone else know if I’m correct?

    Thanks!

    • Harry

      I believe a follow up was supposed to be recorded but never happened. I’m guessing a string of events such as Brenda dying and Dicky going to prison for 15 years etc. could have attributed to the production being halted.
      I kinda wish someone would have made a part 2 though, I’d really like to know where they are doing today – or at least what happened to them.

      • Tosha Sherell

        I AGREE…

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