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S.F.W. (1994)

An alienated and misanthropic teenager gains sudden and unwanted celebrity status after he's taken hostage by terrorists where his indifference to their threats to kill him makes news headlines.

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Morrow Streeter
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Monica Dice
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Janet Streeter
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Scott Spab
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Joe Dice
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Gerald Parsley
Edward Wiley ...
Mr. Spab
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Kristen
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Kim Martin
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Milt Morris (as Soon Teck Oh)
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Cliff Spab is a guy who doesn't really care about anything. He gets held hostage at a store for 36 days by terrorists, who demand that the entire thing be broadcast on national television. Cliff ends up taking a bullet for fellow hostage Wendy - making him a national hero. The two are the sole survivors of the ordeal, and soon become prisoners of the media. Cliff escapes it all, only to find himself being pushed further away from Wendy when he needs her most. Written by WildwoodFlower08

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Fate made them hostages. The media made them stars.

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Rated R for pervasive strong language, scenes of brutal violence, constant drug and alcohol use and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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20 January 1995 (USA)  »

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So Fucking What?  »

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$63,649 (USA)
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Along with Cameron Crowe's Singles (1992) and Ben Stiller's Reality Bites (1994), S.F.W. is considered one of the touchstone films of "Generation X." See more »

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During the last flashback, Spab is seen pulling out an Uzi that he had never acquired. See more »

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Barbara 'Babs' Wyler: [shouts] Everything matters!
[fires bullets at Spab and Wendy]
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The GWAR video seen in the movie follows the credits in its entirety. See more »

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References Growing Pains (1985) See more »

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Negasonic Teenage Warhead
Performed by Monster Magnet
Written by David Wyndorf (as Dave Wyndorf)
Courtesy of A&M Records, Inc.
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Such a great movie
25 June 2001 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie about 3 or 4 years ago, and fell in love with it. It was at a period in my life that I needed something to show me that I was still alive and things could always be worse, this movie was it. The characters, the plot, the cinematography, all of it. Every minute of this movie kept me wondering what would happen next, and a lot of had edge of my seat suspense. Stephan Dorff did such a great job of playing this character. Having to balance such an emotionally scarred but still nonchalant young man must have been difficult. I really believed that he had been put through these awful things though, because his performance was that good. Reese Witherspoon also gave a great performance. I believe her role in this movie was slightly under-rated, she played your typical romantic interest but she also was the reason that Dorff's character didn't lose his mind.

I often find that the cinematography is better in independant films, and I believe this was independant. It had some bad language in it, but that doesn't bother me. The symbolism that is throughout this movie amazed me, and I notice something new everytime I watch it. SFW is based on the book 'Madison Heights Syndrom', and even though I've never read the book, I'm sure they did a great job adapting it. There was not one thing about this movie I didn't like and would recommend it to everybody.


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