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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Morrow Streeter
Monica Dice
Janet Streeter
Scott Spab
Joe Dice
Gerald Parsley
Edward Wiley ...
Mr. Spab
Lela Ivey ...
Mrs. Spab
Francesca P. Roberts ...
Kim Martin
Milt Morris (as Soon Teck Oh)


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Fate made them hostages. The media made them stars.


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Release Date:

20 January 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

So Fucking What?  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$63,649 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Originally the character of Cliff Spab was written to be 17 years old, however when Stephen Dorff was cast in the role, Cliff's age was changed to 20 - Dorff's age during the production. See more »


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


[last lines]
Cliff Spab: Wendy?
Wendy Pfister: Spab?
Cliff Spab: Wendy.
Wendy Pfister: Spab.
Cliff Spab: Wendy.
Wendy Pfister: Spab.
Cliff Spab: So are we gettin' married or what?
Wendy Pfister: Hey, guy. You fucking know it.
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Crazy Credits

The GWAR video seen in the movie follows the credits in its entirety. See more »


References Growing Pains (1985) See more »


Jesus Christ Pose
Performed by Soundgarden
Written by Chris Cornell, Matt Cameron (as Matthew D. Cameron), Kim Thayil (as Kim A. Thayil),
Ben Shepherd
Courtesy of A&M Records, Inc.
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Ahead of it's time
14 May 2001 | by (Fort St. John, BC) – See all my reviews

I just watched S.F.W. and was amazed at how, at least five years before the major trend of 'reality TV' became the in-thing, this movie satirized it, and showed it for how wrong and un-real it is. This movie scathingly commentates on the media's ability to warp and distort truth, and to give the mundane deep meaning. Cliff Spab is a meaningless person trapped in a meaningless society that does not appreciate the horror of his ordeal and ruthlessly tries to cash in on his pain. This film is chock-full of meaning and irony, and it is simply brilliant.

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