I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can (1982) - Rotten Tomatoes

I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can (1982)




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Jill Clayburgh plays, as one character calls her, "a pill-popping dingbat" in this film adaptation of television producer Barbara Gordon's autobiographical account of her addiction to prescription drugs. Clayburgh plays Gordon in the film as a successful television documentary filmmaker whose mounting pressures force her to pop a Valium or two for nerves. She then ingests a few more pills after an argument with boyfriend Derek Bauer (Nicol Williamson). And thus begins her slow and steady compulsion to keep taking more and more Valium. Finally realizing her addiction, Gordon makes a disastrous attempt to go cold turkey but fails miserably, finally having to undergo a painful rehabilitation in an institution.

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Jill Clayburgh
as Barbara Gordon
Nicol Williamson
as Derek Bauer
Joe Pesci
as Roger
Dianne Wiest
as Julie Addison
Geraldine Page
as Jean Martin
James Sutorius
as Sam Mulligan
Ellen Greene
as Karen Mulligan
Richard Masur
as Alan Newman
Kasey Connors
as Sound Woman
Charlie Stavola
as Bartender
Eleanor Zee
as Emmy Presenter
John Shearin
as Emmy Official
David Polk
as Stage Manager
Joseph Maher
as Dr. Kalman
Angel Ferreira
as Delivery Boy
Jeffrey DeMunn
as Dr. Roberts
Thomas Hill
as Dr. Morgan
Toni Kalem
as Debbie
Dan Hedaya
as Dr. Klein
Kathleen Widdoes
as Dr. Rawlings
Eddy Donno
as Orderly
Glenn Wilder
as Orderly
Edward Betz
as Assistant Editor
John Lithgow
as Mr. Brunner
Lara Cody
as Newscaster
Wendy Cutler
as Crew Member
Malcolm Groome
as Talent Coordinator
DeVera Marcus
as Therapist
Paul Wilson
as Patient
Andy Goldberg
as Disc Jockey
Dennis Lee
as Doctor
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Critic Reviews for I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

Clayburgh has become the leading portrayer of the troubled modern woman, and once more she is totally persuasive. The trouble lies in the David Rabe script

October 22, 2018 | Full Review…

If Clayburgh and Page don't come up with at least Academy Award nominations for their roles in I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can, there is no justice in Oscarland.

February 26, 2020 | Full Review…

there's more than a little barely veiled hero worship here

June 26, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can hasn't exactly aged all that well. And that's me being kind.

June 20, 2005 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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