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Citizens Band (1977)

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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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Chrome Angel
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Hot Coffee
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Smilin' Jack
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The Priest
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Cochise
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The Hustler
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Will Seltzer ...
Warlock
Leila Smith ...
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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Everybody is somebody else

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13 November 1981 (UK)  »

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$815,530 (USA)
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Trivia

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

When Spider and Cochese are in Spider's car after pulling down the Nazis' antenna, Cochese says, "Oh Spider, I don't think I can take much more of this," but his lips aren't moving. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: Tryin' to talk and hear at the same time is like tryin' to eat and kiss; it's a mess!
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Connections

Referenced in Jonathan Demme & Jodie Foster: The Beginning (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Not in Love
Performed by Richie Havens
Words & Music by Eric Stewart & Graham Gouldman
©1975 Man-Ken Music Ltd.
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Winning Character Study
26 December 2012 | by See all my reviews

It sounds like a redneck movie about truckers, but it's really a gentle character study. The story centers around the citizen's band radio craze of the 1970s. Against this backdrop, the lives of a group of small town residents is examined in a successful blend of comedy and drama. Le Mat is quite likable as the unofficial enforcer of the local airwaves. His girlfriend is played by Clark, his "American Graffiti" co-star. There are fine performances from Blossom and McGill, as Le Mat's father and brother, respectively. There's a funny subplot about a bigamist trucker featuring Napier, Wedgeworth, Rodd, and Elias. The finale is a little forced, but this early effort from Demme mostly rings true.


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