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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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Kim Martin
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Milt Morris (as Soon Teck Oh)
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Storyline

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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$63,649 (USA)
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Trivia

Director Jefery Levy wanted to include material from Nirvana, particularly the song "All Apologies", on the S.F.W. soundtrack. Though the music was never obtained, Levy said an early cut of S.F.W. was screened for singer Kurt Cobain who "responded" to the film. Later, following Cobain's death, Levy said that he found the parallels between S.F.W. and Cobain's life to be quite eerie. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Cliff Spab: [to his captors; sarcastic tone] Hi, my name's Rick Forsythe. I live in Silver Pond with my parents George and Edna Forsythe, and my sister Suzanne. I'm president of the debate team, and captain of my baseball team over at Silver Pond High. I have a dog named Rusty, and my hobbies include coin collecting and dry-humping cheerleaders.
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The GWAR video seen in the movie follows the credits in its entirety. See more »


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Also Sprach Zarathustra
Performed by Vladimir Ashkenazy & the Cleveland Orchestra
Written by Richard Strauss
Courtesy of London Records
By Arrangement with PolyGram Special Markets
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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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