Rude Awakening (1989)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  16 August 1989 (USA)
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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:
Jesus Montea
Fred Wook
Petra Black
Sammy Margolin
Lloyd Stool
Ronnie Summers
June Margolin
April Stool
Agent Brubaker
Dr. Binibon
Peter Boyden ...
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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

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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?


When Petra (Julie Hagerty) tells Fred (Eric Roberts) about all the things that he's missed while he was gone, one of the things she mentions is the TV show, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. Louise Lasser, who plays Ronnie, was in fact the star of Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. See more »


Petra: Where's the lobster?
Jesus Monteya: "I am the lobster, goo goo g'joob."
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Good Film Great Fun.
20 April 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Good film, the fish parts are great, The scenes with the Stools are great especially Mrs. Stool & Jesus, Terminally fun, Jesus goes through life completly stoned, while Fred struggles with coming down and finding the 60's have turned into the 80's and money talks, enviromental disasters are rife, and that not everyone is please to see him. Petra is a walking complex time bomb, wanting to be loved although running away, shes always trying to FIND herself to no avail while Sammy (ex 60's geek) makes some money which turns into more and a spoiled must have wife,hippy son and a am I good enough complex.

Great film which brings back together 4 friends after the 60's with serious, funny, tragic and soul searching consequences.

Watch out for the fish.

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