How far would you go to be number one?
It’s 1959, Elvis is in the army, the Beatles are still in England and ‘Rock & Roll’ as we know it, is in a complete state of atrophy. Meanwhile, America’s newest sensation, television, has far-surpassed the popularity of radio as a form of family entertainment. With a TV set in every house, radio personalities are forced to scramble for ratings and listeners, while more successful disc jockeys, like Alan Freed, are encouraged to turn their attention to the increasingly popular form of television music revues.
Enter Peter Tripp, a normal, well-to-do- guy. At least that’s what his wife, friends, barber and thousands of devoted radio listeners think… Seeking free publicity and trying to set himself apart from the “Alan Freed’s” of the world, Tripp sets out to break the record for sleeplessness, in the guise of raising money for “The March of Dimes.”
Broadcasting from a glass booth set-up in Times Square, Tripp attempts the impossible by delivering his hit daily radio show, “Your Hits of the Week,” while enduring over 8 torturous nights of sleep deprivation.
As the sleepless hours accumulate, his life begins to unravel. The extra-marital affairs, backroom bribery scams and all his other sordid secrets are soon revealed, in this truly unique screenplay that provides an opportunity to marry the visual elements of the supernatural to the classic settings of a modern American period piece.
Based on the true story of a popular New York disc jockey’s absurd mission of supposed altruism, “200 Hours,” begs the question of how far one man is willing to go in order to further his career– and just how far he can stretch the boundaries of physical endurance and spiritual determination.How long can you go with out sleep?48 hours?
Flashy, funny, sad and scary, “200 Hours,” runs the gamut of emotions and takes us on a seemingly boundless tour of Tripp’s spiraling fall into the depths of irrevocable madness.