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March 1986 (USA) See more »
This film is a documentary about the personalities in, and the music of, the early 1980's Los Angeles punk band X... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

John Doe ... Himself

Exene Cervenka ... Herself
Billy Zoom ... Himself
D.J. Bonebrake ... Himself

Ray Manzarek ... Himself

Rodney Bingenheimer ... Himself
Brendan Mullen ... Himself
Frank Gargani ... Johny
Alizabeth Foley ... Pauline
Denise Zoom ... Herself
Diana Bonebrake ... Herself (as Dinky Bonebrake)
Bob Biggs ... Himself
Al Bergamo ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jello Biafra ... Himself
Christopher Blakely ... Himself
Tom Hadges ... Himself
Robert Hilburn ... Himself

Martin Luther King ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Ronald Reagan ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
W.T. Morgan 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Christopher Blakely  uncredited
Alizabeth Foley  uncredited
Everett Greaton  uncredited
W.T. Morgan 

Produced by
Christopher Blakely .... producer
Everett Greaton .... co-producer
Cinematography by
John Monsour  (as Karem John Monsour)
Film Editing by
Kent Beyda 
Curtiss Clayton 
W.T. Morgan 
Charlie Mullin 
Production Design by
Alizabeth Foley 
Sound Department
Matthew Iadarola .... sound effects
Matthew Iadarola .... sound re-recording mixer
Alan Kutner .... live sound recordist
Visual Effects by
James Balsam .... visual effects
Les Bernstien .... visual effects supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Rick Schmidlin .... concert lighting director

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Also Known As:
"The Unheard Music" - USA (informal alternative title)
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84 min
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Billy Zoom:I have read a review of the Ramones in some trade paper, I think it was Rolling Stones or something like that, and they trashed them, said they were awful, the guy really hated them, he said they were dumb, they played these... He said all their songs were too fast, too short, only had three chords, no guitar solos, the lyrics were dumb, and it just all sounded like real positive things to me.See more »
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4 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Not up to the music, 1 January 2004
Author: Wendell Walker from Berkeley, California

I love X, I love seeing them live, but this movie added very little to the music. The band seems kind of halfhearted about doing the film, their stories are not that interesting. When they go out on tour trying to get their music heard, there's not a single foot of film from the tour; instead, there's a cutesy montage of postcards.

As for the live footage, a good portion of it is from a shoot made expressly for the film, and to judge by the credits, at least half the songs are either videos or lip- synched.

On the whole, the live X in Decline of Western Civilization is far more compelling than the whole of The Unheard Music.

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