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Rude Awakening (1989)

R | | Comedy | 16 August 1989 (USA)
In the 1960s, two hippies go off into the jungle to evade the FBI. When they come back to New York in the 1980s, their fellow hippie friends have become rich yuppies.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jesús Monteya
Fred Wook
Petra Black
Sammy Margolin
Lloyd Stool
Ronnie Summers
June Margolin
April Stool
Agent Brubaker
Dr. Binibon
Peter Boyden ...
Dr. Childs
Nicholas Wyman ...
Dr. Abbott
Michael Luciano ...
Amy Glass ...
1st Twin
Becky Glass ...
2nd Twin


In the late 1960s, two hippies are forced to leave their friends as they are wanted by the FBI, who see them as criminals. They hide in the jungle for 20 years, secluded from the outside war. In the late 1980s, they find out that a secret war is about to start in the US, and decided to return to New York to tell someone about it. What they find when they return is that all of their fellow hippies have become rich yuppies, like everyone else, and that no one wants to save the world anymore -- they just want to buy it. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Two hippies come back from 1969 to get the bad news. Nobody wants to save the world anymore. They just want to buy it. See more »




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Release Date:

16 August 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Guatemalan Papers  »

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$3,169,719 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Cut from the film was a scene where Cheech Marin has an acid flashback during which he imagines the three FBI agents to be Bob Hope, Ronald Reagan, and Henry Kissinger. See more »


April Stool: I'm fucking the gardener.
Lloyd Stool: I hate you.
April Stool: I don't care.
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Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
Written and Performed by Bob Dylan
Courtesy of CBS Records
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From Flashback to Déjà Vu
31 July 2008 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

In 1969, peace loving hippies Eric Roberts (as Fred) and Cheech Marin (as Hesus) flee to Central America, to avoid being drafted into Vietnam War service. Why the US government believes Mr. Marin would be of any real use during warfare is never explained; but, Mr. Roberts looks like a major Commie-killing loss. Anyway, they spend the next 20 years hiding in the jungle, smoking marijuana, and enjoying peace. Their hippie friends, Julie Hagerty (as Petra) and Robert Carradine (as Sammy), remain behind. While in Central America, Roberts and Marin learn about a US invasion plan, and decide to return to New York, and stop the war. They are in for a rude awakening...

In 1989, the peace movement appears dead. Roberts and Marin try to adapt to the changes in American society. They try to re-connect with Ms. Hagerty and Mr. Carradine, who have become materialistic yuppies. How can they erase their friends' 1980s brainwashing, avoid capture by perseverating FBI man Cliff De Young (as Brubaker), and stop the war?

Aaron Russo and Neil Levy's underrated "Rude Awakening" certainly doesn't always work; but, it's funny more often than not. Roberts and Marin are almost a satirical casting in-joke (sixties, meet the eighties). One of the film's most obvious misses is that the main attempt to transcend a 20-year-gap is an unconvincing pair of pasted-on beards. Although, to answer Roberts' later, more general question, "How's my hair?" Great. It's impossible to hold back laughing at Marin's first meeting with the "fish". But, they should have used Don Knotts voice. Of the four "hippie" friends, Carradine's is, performance-wise, most convincing. Check out Louise Lasser (as Ronnie)'s customers!

The highlight of the film is a terrific "cocktail party" hosted by Carradine and uptight wife Cindy Williams (as June). They are visited by the "Stools", Buck Henry (as Lloyd) and Andrea Martin (as April). A cocktail party attended by Cheech Marin, Eric Roberts, Robert Carradine, Buck Henry, Cindy Williams, and Andrea Martin is every bit as funny as it sounds. If only they could have figured out how to get Lasser there (and the overhead mike out). There are enough funny moments, all around; but, the hilarious supporting characterizations by Martin and Williams, alone, make this well worth watching.

****** Rude Awakening (1989) Aaron Russo ~ Eric Roberts, Cheech Marin, Andrea Martin

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