INSPIRED BY THE TRUE STORY OF HOW AMERICA GOT HOOKED ON A LIE.
An ambitious limited series that knows, unlike many other TV projects in this streaming era, how to use its lengthy running time wisely, taking us through the history of the opioid crisis. Jumping back and forth in time, we follow Purdue Pharma’s highly successful launch of OxyContin and how the owners benefited from sales while downplaying its wildly addictive effect. We are also introduced to people in a small mining community who fall victim to the drug, and the government agencies and attorneys building a case against Purdue. Enlightening, infuriating and moving, with a terrific cast, not least Michael Keaton as a doctor who tastes his own medicine.
2021-U.S. Made for TV. 506 min. Color. Created by Danny Strong. Book: Beth Macy. Cast: Michael Keaton (Samuel Finnix), Peter Sarsgaard (Rick Mountcastle), Michael Stuhlbarg (Richard Sackler), Will Poulter, John Hoogenakker, Kaitlyn Dever… Rosario Dawson, Mare Winningham.
Trivia: Originally shown in eight episodes, two of which are directed by Barry Levinson (who also co-executive produced along with Keaton).
Golden Globe: Best Actor (Keaton).
Last word: “The details of it are so enraging and caused so much destruction by a company that is owned by a single family. And it’s not like the whole family worked at the company. It was a small group of people in this family. Six, seven or 10 people could be responsible for so much death and then make billions from it, and are gonna get away with it, at the end of the day. It’s truly one of the most outrageous, shocking stories that I’ve ever come across and I just thought, ‘People need to know this. They need to know what happened.'” (Strong, Collider)