TV Movie | Not Rated | | Drama
A sensitive but confused teenager feels pressure on him from all directions and turns to drugs, which causes problems for him in school and at home.
Based on a true story.
Put that out. Put it out and get out there and say hello to Grandma and Grandpa.
Carol Werner: Oh, please Richie... not tonight. It's Christmas Eve, please. Please get up and come with me.
Richie Werner: I can't, Mom... I can't.
The original NBC telecast, of The Death of Richie in January, 1977, had Richie scream as his father kills him with the shotgun. The NBC Censors thought this was too intense, and edited the scream from all subsequent showings. This sound-byte is not available on any DVD prints or current editions of the movie and is presumed "lost", to the point where today's audiences (and even those who saw reruns of the film on television) are completely unaware that such sound-byte did occur in the film.