Wednesday, November 05, 2014
Movie Ad of the Week: GRINGO (1985) a.k.a. STORY OF A JUNKIE (1987)
GRINGO, Lech Kowalski's grim documentary about one-eyed East Village smack addict John Spaceley, opened at the Waverly Twin (now the IFC Center) on November 22, 1985.
The release expanded to three outer borough theaters in the RKO chain on April 25, 1986.
Troma acquired the film, changed the title to STORY OF A JUNKIE, and opened it at the 42nd Street Liberty on April 10, 1987, on a triple bill with FAT GUY GOES NUTZOID and THE TOXIC AVENGER. The DVD from Troma contains a Lech Kowalski audio commentary and an interview with producer Ann S. Barish.