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Pass the Ammo (1988)

R | | Comedy | 4 March 1988 (USA)
A corrupt television preacher and his congregation are held hostage by a woman, her lover, and her two cousins in an attempt to avenge the theft of her inheritance. A quirky look at the ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Jesse Wilkes
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Claire
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Rev. Ray Porter
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Darla
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Big Joe Becker
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Arnold Limpet
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Stonewall
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Kenny Hamilton
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Jim Bob Collins
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Sheriff Rascal Lebeaux
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Governor
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G.W. Wraith
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Billy
Paul Cody ...
Dean
Debra Sue Maffett ...
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A corrupt television preacher and his congregation are held hostage by a woman, her lover, and her two cousins in an attempt to avenge the theft of her inheritance. A quirky look at the dishonesty of the televangelist industry. Written by Cate Harrington <charring@basics.org>

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For years, the Reverend Ray and his wife Darla took from the poor and gave to themselves. Now they're about to get their just rewards. See more »

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4 March 1988 (USA)  »

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$169,785 (USA)
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Trivia

Film debut of Robert Peters. See more »

Goofs

Officer Depaul informs the sheriff that all members of the terrorist group are only armed with pistols (another character makes a similar comment later on). However, one of them carries a shotgun, visible at all times considering that there's cameras filming the group.

False: One officer says, "Look all they got in there is pistols and a two barrel. Don't blow it out of proportion. That's how wars get started." The two barrel is referring to a shotgun. See more »

Quotes

Sheriff Rascal Lebeaux: It's a damn shame them kids had to die.
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Connections

Spoofs The P.T.L. Club (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Pass the Ammo, Praise the Lord
Music by David Newman
Lyrics by Nan O'Byrne
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Great look into the dodgy world of television ministries.
23 May 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It is really a shame this movie may never get the deserved DVD release. It has everything that you would go looking for in a movie released in the late '80s. Recognizable stars putting forth solid performances, without going overboard. Bill Paxton, Tim Curry, Annie Potts, Dennis Burkley, and Leland Crooke put in great performances in my opinion. Dennis Burkley's performance was probably the most unexpected pleasure, with Tim Curry's evangelist character a solid entry in his cache of performances. As Tim Curry movies go, it's not Tim Curry overdoing it, or conversely under-performing, but rather a balanced illustration of his range.

The plot is pretty entertaining if you derive any amusement from the circus environment of past and present ministries extorting money from hopeless people around the world. I suppose we should see the humor in them somehow, even if it is wandering the landscape of stereotypes and taking pages from the real life travesties associated with their own sinning ways. The movie plays with the stereotypes of the characters pretty well, both the feature cast and the background nobodies who fund the multi-million-dollar church business.

"Pass the Ammo" did a good job in making me laugh, which is what this sort of movie is all about. Laughs via misc sight gags, lines of dialogue, and the situations the characters find themselves in. This is a straight 80s comedy with a typical ending leaving you satisfied with where it goes. It won't leave you hanging out to dry wishing it had gone in another direction. Come for Tim Curry and stay for a special appearance by the best attempted Moonpie robbery ever.


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