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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
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Angie Abbott
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Sam
Erica Rogers ...
Housekeeper
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Mr. Andrews (as J.D. Cullum)
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David Swinson ...
Fred Nieman
Aaron Lustig ...
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Harvey
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Mini-Mart Cashier
Beth DePatie ...
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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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References The Hills Have Eyes (1977) See more »

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Down by the Roadside
Written, Performed and Produced by Michael Doman and The Broken Homes
Engineered by Chuck Ferry
Published by Sole Power Music (BMI)
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I loved this movie. Saw it on Bravo and knew I had to own it.
1 August 2006 | by (Cherryville, NC USA) – See all my reviews

This is one of those films which you can watch a dozen times and get something different out of it each time. Lots of guest appearances in this movie. I remember the first time I watched it and thought he looks familiar then realized it was Timothy Leary (Tune In, Turn On, and Drop Out Dude from the 60's) not long before he died. I had seen him on a lecture tour around the same time as the movie came out. Also people like Arlo Guthrie, David Carradine, Don Cheadle, John Cusack, etc. My favorite part is the entire section with David Carradine.

This is a road trip movie and if I didn't already know who had directed it, I would have thought it was a Robert Altman film. Lots of good weirdness and things for you wrap your head around. Quite a few "in" jokes that you might not catch the first time you see it. If you watched one time and thought it was okay, then watch it again.


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