Made in U.S.A. (1987)

R  |   |  Drama  |  30 November 1988 (USA)
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Two men from Pennsylvania give up hope in their small run down coal mining town, and head off in search of the beaches of California. The two steal cars as they travel across the USA and ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marji Martin ...
Ma Frazier
Tiny Wells ...
Pa Frazier
Frank Beddor ...
Marie Antoinette Bresadola ...
Mark Carlton ...
Ford Salesman
Scott Casey ...
Redneck in Gas Station
Pete Concha ...
Elderly Indian
Lionel Croll ...
Garage Owner
Cindi Dietrich ...
Girl in Trans-Am
Anthony Duran ...


Two men from Pennsylvania give up hope in their small run down coal mining town, and head off in search of the beaches of California. The two steal cars as they travel across the USA and are joined by a wild young woman. Written by Rob Hartill

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They hit the road in search of thrills and excitement... They got more than they bargained for... See more »




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During production, director Ken Friedman and Hemdale's chairman John Daly suffered a major falling out over the way the film should be edited. Determined to have the film shown as he intended, Friedman showed the film uncut at Cannes in 1987. Daly threatened to have him arrested if he'd have shown his cut publically again. During the fall-out, New Line Cinema made an attempt to buy the film, but the deal fell apart. The Daly-approved cut was shelved for one year and a half, before finally dribbling out on VHS in November 1988. Friedman's cut of the film never surfaced. See more »


Written by T.V. Dunbar and J. Graham
Performed by Carol & The Dudes
Copyright 1986 Bay High Music
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31 May 2015 | by (adelaide, australia) – See all my reviews

I love this film every time I see it. I suspect too, it's been overlooked, and has a low profile existence in movie world. This unmissable film, has a style of it's own and at times, there are such beautiful moments. There's an underlying intention in the movie, crying out to be something more. Dar (Pasdar) and Tuck (Penn) are going mad in this little Pen smoke stack town. They are two wild and reckless guys, especially Dar, who has such a dangerous energy, Pasdar, such an awesome presence, giving such a mesmerizing performance by while Penn's pretty good too. Too, there's a deadly chemical pollutant in the air, Dioxide. They take off, headed for California, while hot wiring a few cars as transport. By chance, they meet a real wild one (Lori Singer) who joins them, where this lass is extra trouble, crazier than them. Later on, they pick up an Indian girl, and take her her back to the reservation. Another nice character touch. This 78 minute road movie, never dulls, and this road trip is every bit entertaining, I found, because of the all crazy stuff these very likable characters do. They even steal slices of pizza from laborers, in the early stage of this short running flick, that really does make it's point. It's one of the most enjoyable road movies I've seen, as one of the most potent. You find yourself pondering over what Penn and Pasdar's issues really are. Like I said, Pasdar's character is really intriguing. We really sympathize with our reckless duo, where Singer's performance can't go unnoticed, either. That sad music score is eerily engaging, as is the performances by our trio. Those surfer haircuts of the two, after running in a bit of trouble, on the reservation, are by far the most fu..ed up, I've ever seen, especially Penn's. Highly recommended film.

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