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Roadside Prophets (1992)

Two strangers meet on the road and travel through Nevada on motorcycle to find an elusive spot where they can dump another man's ashes.

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David Anthony Marshall ...
Dave Coleman
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Bartender
Sonna Chavez ...
Angie Abbott
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Sam
Erica Rogers ...
Housekeeper
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Mr. Andrews (as J.D. Cullum)
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Journalist
David Swinson ...
Fred Nieman
Aaron Lustig ...
Morning Desk Clerk
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Harvey
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Mini-Mart Cashier
Beth DePatie ...
Daisy
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Bizarre and surreal road movie about a biker and his unlikely sidekick. On a quest to fulfill a friend's last wish, Joe takes to the desert road on his 1957 Harley-Davidson and meets a succession of odd characters, including Sam. Sam begins following Joe, on a quest of his own, which necessitates staying in Motel 9's wherever they go. Themes such as friendship, faith, and isolation are brought into sharp relief by strange situations, the lonely road, and the stark emptiness of the desert. There are also several humorous cameos. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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They weren't born to be wild. It just turned out that way.


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Rated R for language and a scene of drug use | See all certifications »
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8 October 1992 (Germany)  »

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$147,724 (USA)
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John Doe's second daughter was born on the first day of filming. See more »

Quotes

Gloria: You're just a couple of self-indulgent pussies burrowing into your own stupid little cocoons. You probably love that "don't worry, be happy" song.
Sam: Hey, I hated that song.
Gloria: There's a whole world changing out there. If you wanna die in the vine of the implying decline, it's up to you.
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Dinosaur Tracks
Performed by Different World
Written by Andy Robinson
Published by Brontosaurus Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Vanguard Records
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Uneven but cool 90s road movie.
4 September 2001 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

Road movies aren't easy to pull off. 'Roadside Prophets' tries and isn't entirely successful, but still has enough cool scenes and good intentions to make it worth watching. Musicians turned actors, Doe (X) and Horovitz (Beastie Boys) play bikers who form an uneasy partnership. One of the problems with the movie is right there - Doe is a natural actor, Horovitz isn't, and doesn't convince.

Anyway, the two set out travelling across America, in a deliberate homage to 'Easy Rider', and the movie in a subtle way is a eulogy for the 60s and a comment on the changes America has seen since then. Many interesting faces pop up in cameos - John Cusack, Timothy Leary, David Carradine, Don Cheadle and Alex Cox regular Biff Yeager to name several - which is half the fun. Especially Cusack's character. It was a pity there wasn't more of him here.

'Roadside Prophets' is uneven, but still enjoyable. If you like this I suggest you have a look at the road movies of Canadian director Bruce McDonald, especially his superb 'Highway 61', a more original and successful movie than this.


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