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11 October 1996 (USA) See more »
4 guys - 5 nights - 3000 miles - 764 gallons of gas - 987 bottles of beer - 3457 cigarettes - 1 last shot See more »
Bruce Macdonald follows punk bank Hard Core Logo on a harrowing last-gasp reunion tour throughout Western Canada... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Hugh Dillon ... Joe Dick / Joseph Mulgrew

Callum Keith Rennie ... Billy Tallent / William Boisy

John Pyper-Ferguson ... John Oxenberger
Bernie Coulson ... Pipefitter

Julian Richings ... Bucky Haight

Benita Ha ... Pipefitter's Girlfriend

Claudia Ferri ... John Oxenberger's Girlfriend
Joey Ramone ... Joey Ramone
Corrine Koslo ... Laura Cromartie

Bruce McDonald ... Documentary Filmmaker
Danny Nowak ... Documentary Cameraman
Jochen A. Schliessler ... Documentary Sound Recordist (as Jochen Schliessler)
Jeremy Bishop ... Bongo Player
Tony Tucker ... Bongo Player
Art Bergmann ... Himself
Flash Bastard ... Themselves
Lick The Pole ... Themselves
Modernettes ... Themselves
D.O.A. ... Themselves
Dan Fazzio ... Flash Bastard

Pete Mills ... Flash Bastard
Terry David Mulligan ... Mulligan

Nicole Parker ... Journalist (as Nicole N. Parker)
Megan Leitch ... Mary The Fan

Michael Kopsa ... Mary's Husband (as Mike Kopsa)
Alexa Mardon ... Little Billie (as Alexa Marden)
Xantha Radley ... Joanne / Thelma
Jennifer Bishop ... Tracy / Louise
Samaya Jardey ... Naomi
Morgan Brayton ... Victoria
Dean Paraskevopoulos ... Terry the D.J. (as Dean Paras)
Daniel Salerno ... Satan (as Danny Salerno)
Sarah Hickinbottom ... Jenifur
Adam Bullied ... Jenifur
Debbie Jow ... Jenifur
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Catya Gardner ... Extra
Sarah Richards ... Extra
Natasha Duprey ... Hard Core Logo Fan (uncredited)
Joe Keithley ... D.O.A. (uncredited)

Molly Parker ... Band Member - Jenifur (uncredited)
Rich Priske ... Band Member - Art Bergmann & Lick The Pole (uncredited)

Trevor Roberts ... Skinhead (uncredited)

Directed by
Bruce McDonald 
Writing credits
Noel S. Baker (screenwriter)

Michael Turner (book)

Produced by
Brian Dennis .... producer
Christine Haebler .... producer
James Head .... executive producer
Karen Powell .... associate producer
Wolfram Tichy .... co-executive producer
Original Music by
Schaun Tozer (original music composed by)
Cinematography by
Danny Nowak (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Reginald Harkema 
Production Design by
David Willson 
Set Decoration by
Katterina Keith  (as Kat Keith)
Costume Design by
Debbie Jow 
Makeup Department
Gina Hole .... special effects makeup
Debbie Jow .... hair stylist
Debbie Jow .... makeup artist
Production Management
Hans Lucas .... post-production supervisor
Anne M. Simonet .... production manager (as Anne Simonet)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Barry .... second assistant director
Kevin Fair .... third assistant director
Rachel Leiterman .... first assistant director
Art Department
Dale Anderson .... set dresser
Ea Birkett .... assistant property master
Bruno Coupe .... assistant set decorator
Garth Fleming .... assistant art director
Tiara Motem .... assistant property master
David Perun .... property master
Greg Venturi .... graphic design: art department
Paolo G. Venturi .... graphic design: art department (as Paolo Venturi)
Paul Malcovitch .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
Kelly Cole .... dialogue pre-mixer
Ian Ferguson .... cableman
Ian Ferguson .... playback
Shari Fieldhouse .... foley assistant
Dean Giammarco .... sound re-recording mixer
Sophie Hotte .... backgrounds editor
Sean Kelly .... sound effects editor
Randall Lee .... foley pre-mixer
Christine Leman .... foley assistant
Sheena Macrae .... dialogue editor
Bill Mellow .... adr recordist
Steve Munro .... additional adr recordist
Sina Oroomchi .... sound effects pre-mixer
Don Painchaud .... foley recordist
John Pantages .... boom operator
Iain Pattison .... dubber
Iain Pattison .... loader
Delphine Roussel .... post-sound assistant (as Delphine Rossel)
Jochen A. Schliessler .... sound mixer (as Jochen Schliessler)
Paul A. Sharpe .... sound re-recording mixer (as Paul Sharpe)
Shane Shemko .... foley artist
Bill Sheppard .... sound designer (as Bill 'Otis' Sheppard)
Nadine Sheppard .... sound effects recording assistant
Tony V. Stevens .... consultant: Dolby
Susan Taylor .... walla editor
Kerry Uchida .... sound effects editor
Cam Wagner .... foley artist
Special Effects by
Nick Lawson .... special effects assistant
Scott Stofer .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Mark Tureski .... optical effects (uncredited)
Bill Ferguson .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Greg Beaton .... focus puller: "c" camera
Holly Gregory .... first assistant camera
Liane Hentscher .... still photographer
Francis Kramer .... focus puller: "b" camera
John Krol .... generator operator
Michel Lalonde .... grip
Rick Laning .... gaffer (as Rick Lanning)
Morgan Lewington .... grip
Rod Mawson .... second assistant camera
Klaus Melchior .... video playback: 24 Fps
Ed Olson .... photographer: Jenifur photo and facilities
Brian Pearson .... camera operator: "b" camera
Christopher Tate .... key grip
Gary Viola .... camera operator: "c" camera
Casting Department
Alexis Hinde .... extras casting
Gary MacDonald .... extras casting
Wendy O'Brien .... casting: Vancouver (as Wendy O'Brian Livingstone)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Maria Livingstone .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Robert Borics .... colour timer
Larry Engelmann .... final colorist
Janel Hassine .... assistant editor
Music Department
Flash Bastard .... music provider: live concert
Art Bergmann .... music provider: live concert
Randall Bergs .... musician: guitar
Mark Bosa .... musician: guitar
Patric Caird .... composer: additional music
Patric Caird .... score musician: saxophone solos
Steve Cowal .... singer
D.O.A. .... music provider: live concert
John Ellis .... score musician: electric guitar
Ted Hall .... guitar coach
Billy Hicks .... score musician: drums
Simon Less .... engineer: original Hard Core Logo music, Beaconsfield Studios
Jim Mattachione .... musician: drummer
Bill Mellow .... musician: additional guitar stylings
Dennis Milne .... score musician: double bass
Modernettes .... music provider: live concert
Peter Moore .... arranger: original Hard Core Logo music, MDI Productions
Peter Moore .... producer: original Hard Core Logo music, MDI Productions
Anil Patadé .... score musician: vocalist
Lick The Pole .... music provider: live concert
Rick Sentence .... musician: bass
Schaun Tozer .... original music producer
Schaun Tozer .... score musician: keyboards
Mark Vanderbyl .... score musician: bass guitar
Janet York .... source music supervisor: S.L. Feldman & Associates
Transportation Department
Dave Daniels .... bus driver
John J.D. Dryden .... driver (as John Dryden)
Rick Dube .... driver
Shawn O'Hearn .... transportation coordinator
Richard Tremble .... captain
Other crew
Noel S. Baker .... designer: tail credits
Patricia Baun .... assistant coordinator
Susan Blanchard .... location manager: Alberta
Lisa Bowmar .... craft service
Lisa Bowmar .... first aid
Matthew Budgeon .... production assistant (as Matthew Bugeon)
Christina Bulbrook .... assistant production coordinator (as Christina Margellos)
Adam Bullied .... web site designer: Electroscope Studios
Leora Carlsen .... office production assistant
Robert DeVitt .... production assistant (as Robert Devitt)
Hugh Dillon .... creative consultant
Paul Dobson .... walla group: The Background
Chili Dog .... walla group: The Background
Ian Ferguson .... walla group: The Background (as Ian Fergusen)
Gaylene Fisher .... production assistant (as Gayleen Fisher)
Kuan-Neng Foo .... production assistant
John Frizzell .... story editor
Katya Gardner .... walla group: The Background (as Catya Gardener)
Dave Griffith .... story consultant
Steve Grise .... production assistant (as Stephen Grise)
Jane Ireland .... assistant chef
Tracy Ireland .... chef
Sarah Johns .... walla group: The Background (as Sarah Richards)
Suki Kaiser .... walla group: The Background (as Suki Kalser)
Sandy Kaplansky .... assistant: Mr. McDonald
Wendy Ladret .... accountant
Susan Lambie .... script supervisor
Andrew Laurenson .... walla group: The Background
Don MacNeil .... security guard
Denis McWilliams .... assistant location manager
Ian Mulgren .... security guard
Olivia Palenstein .... walla group: The Background (as Olivia Palenstien)
John Pantages .... walla group: The Background (as John 'Pantyman' Pantages)
Anil Patadé .... assistant accountant
Ward Perry .... walla group: The Background
Callum Keith Rennie .... creative consultant
Andrew M. Robinson .... assistant location manager (as Andrew Robinson)
Jochen A. Schliessler .... walla group: The Background (as Jochen Schliessier)
Nadine Sheppard .... walla group: The Background
Jennifer Silvertand .... production assistant (as Jennifer Silvertano)
Erin Smith .... production coordinator
Kerry Uchida .... walla group: The Background
Andrew Ward .... location manager
Vern Wynn .... walla group: The Background
Colin Adair .... special thanks: volunteer, camera
Joe Bamford .... special thanks
Dane Baspaly .... special thanks: volunteer, grip/electrics (as Dane Basplay)
Keith Michael Bates .... inspiration (as Keith Bates)
Benny Bruni .... special thanks (as Benni Bruni)
Colin Brunton .... this film is dedicated to
Sam Buggeln .... special thanks: volunteer, set decorating (as Sam Buggein)
Judas Bullhorn .... special thanks (as Blair Dobson)
Drew Burns .... special thanks: The Commodore Ballroom (as Drew)
Kevan Buss .... this film is dedicated to
Weave Cleveland .... special thanks
Rebecca Diva Deluxe .... special thanks
David Dunn .... special thanks: volunteer, grip/electrics
Neil Every .... special thanks: volunteer, camera
Tom Felcan .... special thanks: Felcan Enterprises
Moscow Fish .... special thanks
Les Ford .... special thanks
John Genzel .... very special thanks: The Royal Bank of Canada, Vancouver
Ted Hall .... special thanks: volunteer, props
Headstones .... special thanks
Galen Hutcheson .... special thanks: volunteer, grip/electrics
Armand Leo .... very special thanks
Gordon Mark .... special thanks (as Gord Mark)
Joe McClean .... special thanks: The Town Pump
Travis McDonald .... special thanks
Don McKellar .... this film is dedicated to (as Don Mckellar)
Ernie McNally .... special thanks (as Earnie McNally)
Peter Mettler .... acknowledgment: special footage provided by, Toronto
Peter Mettler .... this film is dedicated to
Donald Nijboer .... this film is dedicated to (as Don Nijboer)
Jak Osmond .... special thanks: volunteer, special effects (as Jack Osmond)
Jayme Pfahl .... special thanks
Barb Pike .... special thanks: volunteer, set decorating
Keith Porteous .... acknowledgment: spiritual guide
Peter Powers .... special thanks: volunteer, grip/electrics
John Pulos .... special thanks
Amy Reid .... special thanks: volunteer, extras casting
Barry Reid .... special thanks: Northern Lights
Trevor Roberts .... special thanks
A. Neon Rome .... inspiration
Walter Shenson .... acknowledgment: Godfather (as Walter Shensen)
Bill Sheppard .... special thanks: volunteer, sound department (as Bill 'Fuckhead That He Is' Sheppard)
David Silverman .... special thanks
Bruce Smith .... special thanks
Cesar Solis .... special thanks: volunteer, camera
Tomi Streiff .... acknowledgment: special footage provided by, New York (as Tomi Strife)
Lynn Swain .... special thanks: Gralyne Prod. Ltd.
Mike Taylor .... special thanks
Harold Tichenor .... special thanks
Nathan Tichenor .... special thanks: volunteer, spiritual compass
Jerry Wasserman .... special thanks
Dean Richards Wiancko .... special thanks (as Dean Richards)
Katya Zanrossa .... special thanks: volunteer, craft service

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Rated R for strong language, substance abuse, some violence and sexuality
92 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Australia:MA | Canada:14A (Ontario) (Canadian Home Video rating) | Germany:12 | New Zealand:R18 | USA:R
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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 »
Continuity: 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.See more »
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
One of the best movies about a fictitious rock 'n' roll band ever made, 15 April 2005
Author: Snark Out Boy from United States

This Is Spinal Tap (1984) is generally regarded as the quintessential rock 'n' roll mockumentary—a hilarious look at the inept trials and tribulations of a heavy metal band. On the opposite end of the spectrum is Hard Core Logo (1996), a no frills balls-to-wall look at a fictitious punk rock band. Where Tap is a funny satire, Logo has a much darker undercurrent that gives it an unpredictable edge.

Retired for some years, legendary Canadian punk rock band, Hard Core Logo reunites for a one-off benefit concert for their mentor, Bucky Haight who supposedly had both legs amputated after being shot by a crazy fan. The gig goes so well that the band's charismatic lead singer, Joe Dick convinces everyone to go on a mini-tour across Western Canada with a documentary crew tagging along for the ride. It takes no time at all for all the old gripes and grudges to resurface, most significantly, the fact that lead guitarist, Billy Talent is close to signing on with Jenifur, an MTV-friendly band that has made it to the cover of Spin magazine. This doesn't sit to well with Joe who comes from the old school of punk rock that refuses to sell-out to major labels or appear in glossy corporate magazines. As the tour progresses, the friction between the band members becomes more palpable until it achieves a critical mass.

Hard Core Logo is the third film in Bruce McDonald's informal rock 'n' roll road movie trilogy that started with Roadkill and Highway 61. While something of a minor sensation in Canada, McDonald's films have been largely ignored in the United States, due mostly to lack of proper distribution. This changed somewhat with Logo when Quentin Tarantino saw it a film festival and liked it so much that he bought the US distribution rights under his Rolling Thunder vanity label.

There is a certain raw vibe that permeates Logo and this is perfect for its rough around the edges subject matter. The unrefined attitude is due in large part to the presence of Hugh Dillon as Joe Dick. Not a professional actor but rather lead singer of the Canadian blues punk bank, The Headstones, Dillon's lack of formal training gives his performance a certain unpredictability that is perfect for his character. He obviously drew a lot on his own real life experiences of being in a band and this makes everything he says and does that much more believable.

The interplay between the rest of the band is also very well done. Callum Keith Rennie plays the gifted, low key guitarist who has clearly surpassed his bandmates, Bernie Coulson is the crazy drummer who seems clueless but knows what to do when it counts, and finally John Pyper-Ferguson is the terminally burnt out bass player whose road diary provides the film's voice-over narration. The way these guys joke and argue with each other—like adults who refuse to grow-up—is so good that it feels like they've really been in a band together for many years.

Filmmaker Bruce McDonald keeps this all together with his solid direction. He has an excellent sense of pacing—the movie never gets boring—and he instinctively knows that the essence of any good rock 'n' roll movie is, as he puts it, "extremely loud music and cool shots." Cinematographer Danny Nowak uses the shaky, hand-held camera-work that documentaries are known for and he also shoots the band in cool slow motion shots that emphasizes their iconic status.

Along with the aforementioned Spinal Tap and Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous, Hard Core Logo is one of the best fictitious rock 'n' roll movies ever made. It has a genuine appreciation for music and an acute knowledge of the conventions and clichés of the genre. Like Spinal Tap, McDonald's film isn't afraid to make fun of these conventions and like Almost Famous, there is an authenticity to how the band is portrayed and the music they make. Forget the Miramax version and hunt down a copy of this new special edition—it's definitely worth those extra Canadian dollars.

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