Hard Core Logo (1996)

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Bruce Macdonald follows punk bank Hard Core Logo on a harrowing last-gasp reunion tour throughout Western Canada. As magnetic lead-singer Joe Dick holds the whole magilla together through ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Dick / Joseph Mulgrew
Billy Tallent / William Boisy
Bernie Coulson ...
John Oxenberger's Girlfriend
Joey Ramone ...
Corrine Koslo ...
Laura Cromartie
Danny Nowak ...
Documentary Cameraman
Jochen A. Schliessler ...
Documentary Sound Recordist (as Jochen Schliessler)
Jeremy Bishop ...
Bongo Player
Tony Tucker ...
Bongo Player
Art Bergmann ...


Bruce Macdonald follows punk bank Hard Core Logo on a harrowing last-gasp reunion tour throughout Western Canada. As magnetic lead-singer Joe Dick holds the whole magilla together through sheer force of will, all the tensions and pitfalls of life on the road come bubbling to the surface. Written by <Ummagumma@sos.on.sa>

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4 guys - 5 nights - 3000 miles - 764 gallons of gas - 987 bottles of beer - 3457 cigarettes - 1 last shot See more »


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Rated R for strong language, substance abuse, some violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 October 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hard Core Logo auf Reunion-Tour  »

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$3,864 (USA) (13 November 1998)


$17,012 (USA) (25 June 1999)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Billy Tallent (Callum Keith Rennie) wears a ring depicting the logo of Canadian rock band Headstones. Hugh Dillon (who plays Joe Dick) is Headstones' lead singer. See more »


At the beginning of the movie when Joe is talking to Billy in the bar, Billy lights a cocktail umbrella and puts it out in Joe's beer. However, a minute later, the umbrella is back on the table and Joe is drinking his beer. See more »


Mulligan: Say they make six G's... you know, and they take my fifteen percent. The band, the food, the gas, hotel... uh... four guys, 3000 miles, five nights. At this point, you do it for love.
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Crazy Credits

The characters and events depicted in this motion picture are fictional. Any similarities to actual persons, living or dead, is a wild coincidence. Hardly any animals were harmed or abused during the filming of this production. See more »


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Who The Hell Do You Think You Are?
Lyrics by Michael Turner
© Colonel Festus Publishing/Divine Industries
Music by Swamp Baby with Peter Moore
© Mook Publishing
Performed by Hugh Dillon (uncredited) and Swamp Baby (uncredited)
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Worthwhile, entirely.
4 September 2003 | by (British Columbia) – See all my reviews

I love "Hard Core Logo", a fine black comedy. Hugh Dillon, Callum Keith Rennie, John Pyper-Ferguson, Bernie Coulson, and Julian Richings as Bucky Haight all did a great job portraying an aging band that never lived up to it's own ambitions. Frankly, I am so tired of "This is Spinal Tap", a film I liked the first two times I saw it. It wore thin on me all too quickly. I still love HCL, and that has to be because it is based on Michael Turner's book. Turner's own experiences in the Hard Rock Miners informed his writing and that legitimacy was kept in tact in the film. Also, from a Canadian point of view, I liked it because it was a straight up story and a straight up film. Far too often it seems that Canadian filmmakers feel that they have to go out of their way to make odd/disturbing films that just come across as pretentious and 'faux-Euro', or make films designed to pander to the lowest common denominator of the Hollywood market. MacDonald made his own film for himself and I for one am grateful.

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