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Cold Turkey

Released 1971
Distributor United Artists

Nicotine addicted residents of a midwestern town try to give up smoking for a cash prize.This forgotten comic gem was TV titan Norman Lear’s only directorial effort. Shot in 1969, it went unreleased until 1971, when it proved to be a surprise hit. One of the darkest, most despairing social satires of the Nixon era, with a fabulous cast of tv comedy favorites. This is a mostly textless trailer made for foreign use.

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About Larry Karaszewski

Larry Karaszewski and his writing/directing/producing partner Scott Alexander are best known for writing unusual true stories.  Their current release is “Dolemite is My Name” featuring Eddie Murphy as Rudy Ray Moore. The duo previously created the hit television miniseries “The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” for which they won the Golden Globe, Emmy, PGA and WGA Awards. They also won the Golden Globe and WGA Award for the film “The People vs Larry Flynt.” Other movies include the Oscar winning “Ed Wood” (WGA nomination), “Big Eyes” (Independent Spirit nomination), “Auto Focus" and “Man on the Moon.” The team has been inducted into the Final Draft Screenwriting Hall of Fame.  Larry is also a Governor for writers branch, co-chair of the International Feature Film category, and a Vice President of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

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