High on Crack Street: Lost Lives in Lowell
Downtown Community Television (DCTV) • 1h 0m
Directed by Jon Alpert, Maryann De Leo, Richard Farrell • Documentary • 1995 • 61 minutes
This HBO film was shot over an 18 month period and documents the daily life of crack addicts living in the American city of Lowell, Massachusetts. Lowell itself has a population of 108,861 and is the forth largest city in the state, It is home to former professional boxer Dick Ecklund and his brother Mickey Ward. Dickey is heavily profiled throughout this film as he struggles with a crack addiction. The movie “The Fighter”, which stared Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale was made about Mickey Ward’s career but also the events seen in this documentary.
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