Best Director Oscar winner Barry Levinson and Emmy-winning writer and showrunner Danny Strong take aim at Big Pharma in this dynamic series starring Michael Keaton.
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Danny Strong, John Goldwyn, Warren Littlefield, Beth Macy, Karen Rosenfelt, Michael Keaton
Michael Keaton, Peter Sarsgaard, Michael Stuhlbarg
USA 2021. c. 120min
In 1996, pharmaceutical giant Purdue Pharma launched OxyContin, a new ‘non-addictive’ wonder-drug touted as a miracle cure for pain. In rural Virginia, doctor Samuel Finnix (Keaton) prescribes it to a young patient and before long she’s hooked. Detailing the beginning of America’s ongoing opioid crisis and the later attempt by the DEA to bring a case against the company responsible, this powerful adaptation of Beth Macy’s bestselling non-fiction book is at once thrillingly-paced procedural, furious social drama and a searing indictment of corporate greed. With muscular direction by Barry Levinson (Rain Man) and a heavyweight cast including Rosario Dawson, Michael Stuhlbarg, Will Poulter, Peter Sarsgaard and Kaitlyn Dever, this is cinematic television that deserves to be seen on the big screen.
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