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Release Date:
12 October 1984 (Finland) See more »
A New Movie ... About A New Generation. See more »
When household tensions and a sense of worthlessness overcome Evan, he finds escape when he clings with the orphans of a throw-away society... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Easily one of the greatest punk rock movies ever made See more (49 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Chris Pedersen ... Jack Diddley
Bill Coyne ... Evan Johnson
Jennifer Clay ... Sheila
Timothy O'Brien ... Skinner (as Timothy Eric O'Brien)
Wade Walston ... Joe Schmo

Flea ... Razzle (as Mike B. The Flea)
Maggie Ehrig ... Mattie
Grant Miner ... Keef

Christina Beck ... 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
Donna Lamana ... Tina Johnson
Anna Schoeller ... Anna
André Boutilier ... Peg Leg
Nicky Beat ... Club Owner
Steve Bidrowski ... Spotlight Operator
Gina Carrera ... Sandy Dawson (as Julie Winchester)
John McCormack ... Head Bouncer
Robert Lund ... Bouncer
Rip Murray ... Bouncer
Paul Votara ... Doorman
Gavin Courtney ... Joe's Father
Robert A. Van Senus ... Father's Friend
De Waldron ... De
Gary Calhoun ... Man In Truck
Frank Gargani ... Man In Truck
Jon Battenberg ... Officer Richard Bates
Bob Ozman ... Man In Garage
Larry Wiley ... Camper Buyer
Marlena Brause ... Tripplett's Wife
Patsy Coyne ... Neighbor
Trisha Malin ... Housewife
Elizabeth Ramirez ... Maid

Ray Lykins ... Hippie In Car
Ed Mertens ... Policeman
Ladd Hitchens ... Policeman
Gil Christner ... Store Manager
J. Dinan Myrtetus ... Sheila's Father
Ilene Latter ... Sheila's Mother
Suzann Schott ... Stripper
Ratley ... Ratley
Drew Bernstein ... Other T.R. Kid
Sean Boren ... Other T.R. Kid
Bobbie Brat ... Other T.R. Kid
Ed Brown ... Other T.R. Kid
Cynthia Coleman ... Other T.R. Kid
Kathleen Culverwell ... Other T.R. Kid
Matt Davis ... Other T.R. Kid
Rebecca Dorn ... Other T.R. Kid
Mike 'Geek' Glass ... Other T.R. Kid
Penny Harris ... Other T.R. Kid
Kelsey ... Other T.R. Kid (as Larry Kelsey)
Mitch King ... Other T.R. Kid
Terri Kottica ... Other T.R. Kid
Maynard Leigh ... Other T.R. Kid
Meri Resovich ... Other T.R. Kid
Gary Rivas ... Other T.R. Kid
Scott Rosenthal ... Other T.R. Kid
Vixen Yvonne ... Other T.R. Kid
Mike 'Rooster' Montea ... Other T.R. Kid
Barbara Doyle ... Citizens Against Crime - Woman
Don Goodman ... Citizens Against Crime - Man
Ray Lawrence ... Citizens Against Crime - Man With Shotgun
Ricky Jewett ... Citizens Against Crime - Wife
Ron Hugo ... Citizens Against Crime - Pastor Farrell
Jerry Madison ... Citizens Against Crime - Mr. Dawson
Arvid Holmberg ... Citizens Against Crime - Man
James Harrison ... Citizens Against Crime - Man
Casey Royer ... DI - Vocals
Tim Maag ... DI - Guitar
Derek O'Brian ... DI - Drums
Jack Grisham ... T.S.O.L. - Vocals
Ron Emory ... T.S.O.L. - Guitar
Mike Roche ... T.S.O.L. - Bass
Todd Barnes ... T.S.O.L. - Drums
Greg Kuehn ... T.S.O.L. - Keyboards
Steve O ... The Vandals - Vocals
Jan Ackerman ... The Vandals - Guitar

Joe Escalante ... The Vandals - Drums (as Joseph Escalante)
Steve Pfauter ... The Vandals - Bass
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
The Vandals ... Themselves
Bert L. Dragin ... Man on TV (uncredited)
Jay Gowey ... Punk (uncredited)

Michael Spezzano ... Punk in Gang (uncredited)

Directed by
Penelope Spheeris 
Writing credits
Penelope Spheeris (written by)

Produced by
Bert L. Dragin .... producer (as Bert Dragin)
Roger Corman .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Alex Gibson 
Cinematography by
Tim Suhrstedt  (as Timothy Suhrstedt)
Film Editing by
Ross Albert 
Michael Oleksinski 
Art Direction by
Randy Moore 
Costume Design by
Dana Lyman 
Makeup Department
Pamela Peitzman .... hair stylist
Pamela Peitzman .... makeup artist
Production Management
Caldecot Chubb .... assistant production manager
Gordon Wolf .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eric Jewett .... first assistant director
Rip Murray .... second assistant director
Art Department
Nancy Arnold .... set dresser
Ed Brown .... set dresser
Steve Carpenter .... property master
Brad Einhorn .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Sandy Berman .... sound designer
Gary C. Bourgeois .... sound re-recording mixer
Jon Huck .... sound mixer
David Kern .... supervising sound editor
Troy Porter .... sound recordist
Peter Weiss .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Kevin Pike .... special effects supervisor
John Branagan .... stunt coordinator
Michael Branagan .... stunt coordinator
Ray Lykins .... fight choreographer
Ray Lykins .... stunts
Richard Mendez .... stunts
Patrick J. Statham .... stunts (as Pat Statham)
Camera and Electrical Department
Joy Cohen .... grip
Peter Deming .... second assistant camera
Steven Dubin .... second assistant camera
James J. Gilson .... gaffer (as Jim Gilson)
Martin J. Layton .... first assistant camera (as Martin Layton)
Gary Leonard .... still photographer
Elliot Nachbar .... best boy
Tracy Neftzger .... key grip
Mike Ouimette .... grip
Phil Stone .... best boy grip
Ron Wisnesky .... best boy electric
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Meg Mayer .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Mary Nelson-Duerrstein .... negative cutter (as Mary Nelson)
Michael Oleksinski .... assistant editor
Bill Wilner .... assistant editor
Music Department
Ross Albert .... music editor
Paul Mckenna .... music mixer
Transportation Department
Joel Greene .... driver
Other crew
Ronda Berkeley .... production assistant
Roger Corman .... presenter
Eric Davies .... location manager
Bert L. Dragin .... additional story material (as Bert Dragin)
Bert L. Dragin .... presenter (as Bert Dragin)
Scott Fields .... assitant to producers
Alexander Hendrie .... location manager
Susan Malerstein .... script supervisor
Peter Merwin .... production assistant
Natalie Miller .... production auditor
Sherry Waters .... production coordinator
Kevin Williams .... creative consultant

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Rebel Streets" - USA (alternative title)
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94 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

During the scene where the T.R. kids are driving to the house to steal sod, Jack says "Where' the house Flea?", to which Razzle (played by Red Hot Chili Pepper's bass player Flea), replies "Hey my name's Razzle, man".See more »
Revealing mistakes: When the big dog tries to come in through the car window, his chain is visible.See more »
Jack Diddley:I hate buses.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Wanted: Dead or Alive (1987)See more »
Wash AwaySee more »


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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Easily one of the greatest punk rock movies ever made, 19 September 2007
Author: TheMarquisDeSuave from Worcester, MA

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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