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Suburbia (1983)

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When household tensions and a sense of worthlessness overcome Evan, he finds escape when he clings with the orphans of a throw-away society. The runaways hold on to each other like a family... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Pedersen ...
Jack Diddley
Bill Coyne ...
Evan Johnson
Jennifer Clay ...
Sheila
Timothy O'Brien ...
Skinner (as Timothy Eric O'Brien)
Wade Walston ...
Joe Schmo
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Razzle (as Mike B. The Flea)
Maggie Ehrig ...
Mattie
Grant Miner ...
Keef
...
T'resa
Andrew Pece ...
Ethan Johnson
Donald V. Allen ...
Officer William Rennard (as Don Allen)
Lee Frederick ...
Jim Tripplett (as Robert Peyton)
Jeff Prettyman ...
Bob Skokes
Dorlinda Griffin ...
Mother In Car
Robert Griffin ...
Baby
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Storyline

When household tensions and a sense of worthlessness overcome Evan, he finds escape when he clings with the orphans of a throw-away society. The runaways hold on to each other like a family until a tragedy tears them apart. Directed by Penelope Spheeris of "Decline of Western Civilization." Written by Concorde - New Horizons (with permission).

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The kids from ... The Wild Side ... The Side You've Never Seen. See more »

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Drama | Thriller

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12 October 1984 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

Rebel Streets  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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With the exception of Chris Pedersen and Bill Coyne, the kids in the movie were not professional actors. See more »

Goofs

When Razzle dumps the slushie into the pickled egg jar, blue syrup goes all down the outside of the jar and puddles onto the counter. In the next shot, the slushie is neatly contained (and well mixed) inside the jar with no mess. See more »

Quotes

Jack Diddley: Where's that house, Flea?
Razzle: Over there... Hey, my name's Razzle, man.
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Connections

References The Decline of Western Civilization (1981) See more »

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No God
Written by Darby Crash & Pat Smear
Performed by The Germs
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Easily one of the greatest punk rock movies ever made
19 September 2007 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

I'll admit a certain bias. Even though I don't consider myself a punk rocker (I realize the movement is completely dead in its traditional form), I have a certain fascination for the lifestyle and absolutely love the music. Even so, you don't have to love the music to realize that "Suburbia" is a damn good movie (even though your enjoyment probably helps). Simply put, it is one of the greatest punk rock movies ever made, possibly the second behind the 80s cult masterpiece "Repo Man".

The film works well because it transcends it technical limitations and low budget roots to create something that is a truly accurate portrayal of a long gone movement. The acting and dialog would seem quite awkward in any other film, but keeping with the D.I.Y. attitude the scene carried at the time, they fit perfectly with the films attitude. Most of the cast was made up of not professional actors, but real life punk rockers, and it certainly shows (both Flea and the future bassist for the US Bombs are here).

Penelope Spheeris, who'd previously made the landmark punk rock documentary "The Decline of Western Civilization", directs the project with a degree of skill but avoids adding anything resembling flash. She makes the most out of the low budget. Also, the film surprising strikes an emotional note, showing its protagonists to be truly alienated from a society that disappointed them, despite the suburbs initially supposed to be a utopia. Whether you like punk or not, "Suburbia" is a great slice of indie cinema. (9/10)


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