Born to Win (1971)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Addiction Drama, Black Comedy  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Born to Win is the grimly ironic title of this jet-black comedy about heroin addicts. George Segal plays Jay Jay, an ex-hairdresser who struggles to support his expensive drug habit. To avoid arrest, Jay Jay turns "narc," informing on his fellow junkies. Eventually Jay Jay's sense of self-hatred threatens to overwhelm him. Also released as Born to Lose and Addict, Born to Win was the first American film for Czech director Ivan Passer.

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drug-addiction, heroin, informer