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Out of the Blue (1980)

 -  Drama  -  April 1982 (USA)
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A young girl whose father is an ex-convict and whose mother is a junkie finds it difficult to conform and tries to find comfort in a quirky combination of Elvis and the punk scene.

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Linda Manz ...
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Don
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Kathy
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Charlie
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Dr. Brean
Eric Allen ...
Paul
Fiona Brody ...
Carol
David L. Crowley ...
Anderson (as David Crowley)
Joan Hoffman ...
Jean
Carl Nelson ...
Francis Ann Pettit ...
Nancy
Glen Pfeifer ...
Glenn
David Ackridge ...
Teacher
Jim Byrnes ...
Party Singer (as Jim Byrne)
Glen Fyfe ...
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A young girl whose father is an ex-convict and whose mother is a junkie finds it difficult to conform and tries to find comfort in a quirky combination of Elvis and the punk scene.

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First theatrical feature film directed by Dennis Hopper since 1971's The Last Movie (1971) a gap of around nine years. See more »

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Cebe: Subvert normality. Punk is not sexual, it's just aggression. Destroy. Kill All Hippies. I'm not talking at you, I'm talking to you. Anarchy. Disco sucks. I don't wanna hear about you, I wanna hear from you. This is Gorgeous. Does anybody outthere read me? Disco sucks, kill all hippies. Pretty vacant, eh? Subvert normality. Signing off. This is Gorgeous. Signing off.
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My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)
Written by Neil Young and Jeff Blackburn
Performed by Neil Young
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"Son of Easy Rider"
22 October 2006 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

Who knew that one of the most accurate and nihilistic depictions of the punk rock generation would be directed by Dennis Hopper? The same Dennis Hopper whose "Easy Rider" became the ultimate film of the Psychedelic generation. Irony. "Out of the Blue" is one of the most overlooked films ever made. When it was screened at Cannes, it was hailed as a masterpiece. Unfortunately, the Canadian filmmakers had difficulties securing North American distribution, regulating this to bootleg hell.

The films power is derived from the acting and the direction. Some have criticized Linda Manz and her portrayal of a dissatisfied riot girl obsessed with the recent demises of The Sex Pistols and Elvis Presley, but she actually equips herself very nicely with the role. Even better however is Dennis Hopper. His portrayal of the ultimate deadbeat dad (with incestuous tendencies) manages to be both disgusting and oddly sympathetic. There are several sequences where he tries to be the best father he can and hold a steady job, yet manages to do neither. Sharon Farrell plays the junkie mother, who isn't as amazing as her two co-stars yet is still very good.

The direction by Dennis Hopper is probably his best. He uses the avant-garde techniques from "Easy Rider" and the much panned "The Last Movie" and perfects them. The ending also is perfect, one of the most shocking and nihilistic conclusions ever. There are a few flaws (couldn't they have used more than just the opening thirty seconds for "Hey Hey My My" by Neil Young?), but overall this is a disturbing, complex, and memorable drama. Think of it as "Son of Easy Rider". (8/10)


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