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Thunder Alley (1985)

R | | Drama | 1 August 1985 (USA)
A group of friends start a rock band, but as they start their rise in the music world, they get mixed up with drugs.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roger Wilson ...
Richie
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Beth
Scott McGinnis ...
Donnie
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Lorraine (as Cynthia Eilbacher)
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Skip
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Butch
Brian Cole ...
Wolf
Bert Kramer ...
Richie's Father
Elizabeth Huddle ...
Richie's Mother
John A. Dragon ...
Brad
Randy Polk ...
Fatman
Carol Kottenbrook ...
Candy
Melanie Kinnaman ...
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Don Saffer
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A group of friends start a rock band, but as they start their rise in the music world, they get mixed up with drugs.

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Rock 'n' Roll . . . It's a long way to the top.

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Drama

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1 August 1985 (USA)  »

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All guitar playing in the movie is done by Scott Shelly session guitar player and teacher. One of his most prominent students was a young Randy Rhoads. See more »

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Referenced in Death Wish 4: The Crackdown (1987) See more »

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Just Another Pretty Boy
Written by Gary O'Connor
Sung by Roger Wilson and Leif Garrett
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29 September 2003 | by (Minneapolis MN) – See all my reviews

This movie holds a special place in my heart for several reasons.

1) it's pretty accurate about many things

2) if you have been in a band, the travails of "Magic" may seem familiar

3) it was filmed in Tucson, AZ. when I lived there, and 15 days of extra work paid for my move to Minnesota.

4) I actually get a closeup during the big climax. (fat guy with single tall mohawk)

I love this movie, but I don't claim it's all that good. The soap opera that passes for plot might be accurate, but it's not very well done. Some of the best scenes never made it into the movie, (another song, by another band apparently was totally cut.) It was fun to watch all the groupie chicks lining up outside Leif Garrett's dressing room every day, not to mention his frequent terrible cocaine jokes. When I moved here, it showed up on a local TV station, and the radio ads were hilarious ("They're putting their dreams on the line...for one night... in Thunder Alley")! I denied all involvement for years, but I'm past that now. Notable for a rare performance by Leif Garrett, and the only footage I know of, featuring Phoenix metal stalwarts "Surgical Steel" who manage some actual heavy metal (before the hair-metal glam took over). I can't say that it is all that well done, but Clancy Brown (before "Highlander"! nice guy too) does some nice work as a surprisingly forthright road manager.

--Judex.1--


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