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Handle with Care (1977)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  29 September 1977 (USA)
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This movie interlaces the stories of several characters in a small town united by their use of CB (citizen's band) radio. Paul LeMat is the local CB coordinator who has time for little else... See full summary »

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Spider
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Blood
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Papa Thermodyne
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Chrome Angel
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Hot Coffee
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Grandma Breaker
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This movie interlaces the stories of several characters in a small town united by their use of CB (citizen's band) radio. Paul LeMat is the local CB coordinator who has time for little else in his life. His father, Roberts Blossom is a sour old man who is nice on the radio. Charles Napier is a trucker hospitalized after an accident, with hilarious consequences. Written by Reid Gagle

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Bruce McGill's first movie. See more »

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Spider's directional antenna is not connected to a co-ax cable and spins loosely in the roof, making it impossible for his radio to pick up a signal, also his car radio does no have an RF meter, making detecting the signal impossible. See more »

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Papa Thermodyne: You see how I live? In a junkyard. I know that. Worked all my life. Trucker. Now they call me Papa Thermodyne, but I live in a junkyard. This country promises everything. Sure. You never see... you ever see any of it, huh? I should've stayed in Canada. Big deal. The missus wanted them raised Americans. Could have had a cattle ranch there. If it wasn't for him, I could've had cattle. I could have been someone. See what I got? A lot of rusty doo-doos. You look smart. If you're smart you'll go to ...
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You Are So Beautiful
Performed by Joe Cocker
Words & Music by Billy Preston & Bruce Fisher
©1973 Almo Music & Irving Music, Inc.
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gentle and fluid
19 May 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Speaking of whimsy (I just saw Life Aquatic), here's another ensemble piece, this one centered on an array of Southern jes' folks who live out their fantasy lives via CB radio. From bigamist trucker to alcoholic dad to humorous Nazi to overbearing but good-hearted gym teacher to every individual we glimpse in between, everyone is acutely and humanely drawn, and the action moves forward in an organic, relaxed way that is extremely endearing. Only at the end, when the whole ensemble converges to witness the dad's happy redemption, do things feel badly contrived; up to then the gentleness and fluidity of Demme's and writer Paul Brickman's conception carry us along smiling.


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