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Handle with Care (1977)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | 13 November 1981 (UK)
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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Electra
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Blood
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Papa Thermodyne
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Hot Coffee
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The Priest
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Cochise
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The Hustler
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Warlock
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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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Picked by Entertainment Weekly magazine as one of the "50 Greatest Independent Films" in a special supplement devoted to independent films that was only distributed to subscribers in October 1997. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Spider: Cochise, my man, you're looking at 2,000 watts of pure radio power. 1,996 of them are illegal. How can such a small mind have such a big antenna?
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Referenced in Jonathan Demme & Jodie Foster: The Beginning (2005) See more »

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Happy Birthday to You
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
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Bigamist truckers and knee length gym socks meet CB radio pirates in Johnathan Demme's slice of Americana
31 July 2000 | by (Sherman Oaks, CA) – See all my reviews

This quite funny but nevertheless deep film, along with the great 'Melvin and Howard' can be viewed as part of the ongoing saga of Paul Le Mat, the guy who played the hotrodding eternal teenager, John Milner, in 'American Graffiti.' Le Mat is perfect for these films because he embodies a uniquely American mixture of down to earth hipness, non-cynicism and hard edged goodwill. He is somewhere between Audie Murphy and Steve McQueen with some touches of Elvis and Jerry Lewis thrown in. Demme uses him as the springboard for his explorations of what's authentic and non-cynical in ordinary American life.

All the events in 'Citizen's Band' are connected by the CB radios all the characters use. This allows for events that happen to characters far apart from each other (such as the bigamist trucker and Le Mat), to become connected into the snapshot or slice of life that becomes the film. The characters don't have to necessarily all run into each other, even though some of them do. Oliver Stone's supercynical and ridiculous 'Talk Radio' features a similar set-up. In fact, there, we never actually have to meet any of the on-air personalities.

Demme uses an Altman type setup to show how vast an area of 'craziness' the term 'normal people' covers and how all this can be non-cynical in nature at least as often as it is cynical.


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