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Pass the Ammo (1988)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  4 March 1988 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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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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Film debut of Robert Peters. See more »

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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. See more »

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Sheriff Rascal Lebeaux: It's a damn shame them kids had to die.
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Spoofs The P.T.L. Club (1976) See more »

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Has it's moments, but should have been better
29 December 2002 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

It seems odd to me that this movie isn't better than it is. The timing was right -- it was released at the height of the Baker scandal. But it's not as laugh-out-loud funny as one would expect.

Curry is good (and this is the one and only time on film he had a halfway decent American accent) as the Jim Baker-esque televangelist who's been dipping into God's funds. Potts is in top form as his Tammy Faye-ish wife, stealing the show with her campy production numbers and general outrageousness. In fact, everyone in the church is well-played, and that aspect of the film is entertaining....

However, they are not really the stars of the show. It's Paxton and his cohorts who are out to take back the money that Curry snatched from his dying Grandmother-in-law. While stealing back the funds, they walk out the wrong door and wind up taking the whole studio hostage. From this point on, the film takes a bad turn from which it never recovers. There's a lot of screen time where nothing's really happening. And when things are happening, it doesn't really match the fun outrageousness of the Curry/Potts show.

Not that the film is without merits. It does have moments of hilarity (such as the revelations of reincarnation), culminating with a bizarre, yet somewhat amusing, ending when the local rednecks decide that they're going to infiltrate the terrorists. It just seems like it should have been better. But it's still worth a look for fans of the lead actors.

Side-note: Potts and Curry hit it off and spent several years trying to find another project together. In 1995, they settled on a TV-show called "Over the Top," which was attacked by critics and lasted all of 3 weeks. Personally I found that dull little 3-week-wonder far better than this project. I suppose there's no accounting for taste...


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