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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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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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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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Film debut of Robert Peters. See more »

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It is never revealed the fifth robber's fate after the shootout with a police officer. See more »

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Sheriff Rascal Lebeaux: It's a damn shame them kids had to die.
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Featured in Hollywood vs. Religion (1994) See more »

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Stand Up for Jesus
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"That's one million dollars for Jesus."
25 January 2012 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

With a cast like this attached (Bill Paxton, Tim Curry, Linda Kozlowski, Glenn Withrow, Annie Potts, Anthony Geary and Brian Thompson decking a flowing mullet), I'm surprised to see this comedy to be somewhat of a under-seen cult item which is a mildly humorous spoof on televangelism. Sing it, hallelujah. Praise the lord! Jessie and Claire along with two other friends go into a ministry to rob it, because Claire's inheritance went to the church but they accidentally stumble upon the ministry's live TV set while trying to flee. So they end up holding those inside to ransom, while the cops wait outside and many viewers watch on. The cast are just great. Curry is simply sensational as the smooth talking TV reverend (who makes a memorable first appearance) and so is an over zealous Potts as his eccentric wife. Then you have the likes of Paxton and Kozlowski as the buoyant young couple. Geary is also quite fun as a free-spirited member of studio crew and Leland Crooke as the level-headed sheriff. The zany plot is a basic standoff, but it's the cleverly scathing script that makes good use of the situation to parody these showy religious outings filled with glitz to cover the underlining corruptness. It's a sideshow with over-the-top antics (especially when some gun toting rednecks and the national army gets involved) and neon qualities, as characters open up and America watches on. You'll be glued to the screen.

"Jesus doesn't live in a TV studio. He lives in my heart".


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