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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Papa Thermodyne
Chrome Angel
Dallas Angel
Portland Angel
Hot Coffee
Richard Bright ...
Smilin' Jack
The Priest
Michael Rothman ...
Michael Mahler ...
The Hustler
Will Seltzer ...
Leila Smith ...
Grandma Breaker


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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Everybody is somebody else


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29 September 1977 (USA)  »

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Citizen's Band  »

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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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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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