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Out of the Blue (1980)

R | | Drama | April 1982 (USA)
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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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The Dennis Hopper Show.
2 February 2005 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

Out of the Blue (1980) was a showcase of sorts for two actors. One was an up and coming star (Linda Manz) the other was one who was trying to get back into the limelight (Dennis Hopper). The two have managed to pull off their best performances of their careers. I don't think that either of them could ever top it.

The movie is about a shattered family. A tragic accident has landed Don (Dennis Hopper) is prison for running his Big Rig into a stalled school bus. Several years later, his daughter (Linda Manz) who was also involved in the accident is waiting for her father to come back home. She's a wild kid who has no use for authority and likes to spend her time fantasizing about Elvis Pressely and listening to Punk Rock. Mom (Sharon Farrel) is a mess who lives in a constant state of denial. Linda waits for Pop's to get out of prison because she feels that he'll make everything better. Will he?

A great film. Dennis Hopper's acting shines in this film. He also directs with a stylized flair that was apparent in Easy Rider. This film was made during his "down time". After being ostracized from Hollywood due to the mess of The Last Movie and his off screen actions. This was his last stab at trying to get back into the studio system. Linda Manz is great as C.B. But the real reason to watch this movie is Dennis Hopper, he puts on one hell of a show.

Highly recommended.

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