- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 20 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: August 26, 2008
- Originally Released: 2005
- Label: Infinity Ent
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Entertainment Weekly - 06/23/2006
"[A] portrait of resilience: Chong does his time and has the last laugh, emerging as a born-again activist-survivor of the culture wars." -- Grade: B
Josh Gilbert gets very close to Tommy Chong (of CHEECH & CHONG) in this revealing and surprisingly serious documentary. The film goes beyond mere biography to explore the racist core of drug policy in America.
Description by Infinity Entertainment Group:
Supported with a National book tour a/k/a Tommy Chong chronicles the entrapment and incarceration of comedy icon Tommy Chong of the legendary comedy duo, Cheech and Chong. Josh Gilbert takes on the event in his documentary, and offers a sometimes frightening, often hilarious account of Operation Pipe Dreams, a nationwide drug paraphernalia sting spearheaded by a federal prosecutor named Mary Beth Buchanan, appointed by George Bush three short days after the attacks of 9/11.
After fully armed SWAT teams raided the comedian's home and his business, Chong Glass, Chong was sentenced to 9 months in federal prison for "conspiracy to manufacture and distribute drug paraphernalia through his family business, specializing in handmade glass water pipes, or "bongs". Of the 55 defendants prosecuted, Tommy Chong of Cheech and Chong was the only one with no prior convictions to receive jail time. Justifying the sentence, George Bush's appointee, Mary Beth Buchanan cited the classic Cheech and Chong comedy Up In Smoke as evidence that Tommy Chong had become wealthy "trivializing law enforcement efforts to combat marijuana trafficking and use." As Roger Ebert said after viewing the film, "You do not have to approve of drugs to be offended."
The film provides a charming portrait of a counter culture icon set against the backdrop of a War on Drugs gone horribly awry.