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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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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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Sorry Just Won't Do
Written by Tom Lavin
Sung by Jim Byrnes
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Very good movie
9 February 2006 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

Hopper is a true PLAYER. He knows his talent so he don't have to lick, or never have had to lick Hollywood's a**. He knows when he wants to do something, and he does it. The guy directed Easy Rider, Hot Spot, Colours and this. If you look these films together, it (his "career") almost makes some sense in a traditionally logical way. If he would have done only Easy Rider and this, he would be part of the (living) history of art and cinema. And of course now I'm talking about only his directing talent.

Beautiful imagery, wonderful script/dialogue, great directing. Great scenes. Really interesting characters. Great use of music (Elvis, Neil Young,etc). Yeah it's serious alright, but not in any case too "heavy" to watch. I think everybody or at least anybody should see this movie. It's beautiful and humane.

Some reviewer said that these people are "white trash". I'm sorry, but they are not. First, no people are trash, and second: If you live in a big two-story house, in a small town, that don't make you trash. And both parents in this family go to work. I don't quite understand the logic; what is the definition of "human trash"? I have understood that the people who live in trailers are often called "white trash", so is the main criteria living in a trailer? Or is it the level of yearly income?

Some reviewers wrote that this is a portrayal of the "end of the punk-era". I would say, as the leading girl says in this movie, that "Punk never dies". It always transforms and represents itself in new forms: The spirit of the eternal rebellion lives forever, because it is a part of being human: It existed before the 60's/70's, and nowadays it can be found anywhere else than "punk" scene: In rap music, in art, books, movies, anywhere. You just have to feel it to know it.


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