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Writers:
Jonathan Blank (writer)
Philip Craft (writer)
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Jonathan Penner ... Jerry

Jessica Hecht ... Natalie

Matt Winston ... Frank

Dweezil Zappa ... Sid

Moon Unit Zappa ... Katie (as Moon Zappa)

Albert Hall ... Bobby

Alan Thicke ... Reverend Wright
Tamayo Otsuki ... Tiffany

George Wendt ... Abbey Archer

Tommy Hinkley ... Ralph Greed

Carlos Carrasco ... Clarence

George Murdock ... Chief Cochon

Mink Stole ... Ms. Dickman

Jack Wallace ... Mr. Harris
Edith Varon ... Mrs. Harris
Marisa Thrasher ... Angela
Jesse Littlejohn ... Eddie

Diva Zappa ... Courtney

Ahmet Zappa ... Officer Sweitzer

Apollonia Kotero ... Hot Tub Woman (as Apollonia)
Big Gene Ray ... Joe (as Big Gene Rey)
Eugenie Vincent ... Environmentalist
Loren Freeman ... Transvestite
David Sheinkopf ... Reporter

Kirsten Holmquist ... Susanna Smart

Christina Leardini ... Anchorperson

Leonard Kelly-Young ... Angela's Father (as Leonard Kelly Young)
Karolyn Austen ... Dominatrix
Eric von Besser ... Prisoner
Blues Saraceno ... Prisoner
Michael O'Brien ... Prisoner
Robin Richardson ... Prisoner
Tina Grey ... Prisoner
Kimberly Eddy ... Prisoner
Lavone Chase ... African-American Family
Vachelle McFarland ... African-American Family
Agelina Davenport ... African-American Family
Irena Hellwig ... Wealthy Woman
Eric Stroy ... African-American Family
Karen Reynolds ... Punker
William Gurney ... Wealthy Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Timothy Leary
Daniel Serfaty ... Punker

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Directed by
Jonathan Blank 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jonathan Blank  writer
Philip Craft  writer
Jonah Loeb  director's cut

Produced by
Jonathan Blank .... producer
Betsy Chasse .... co-producer
Jonah Loeb .... producer (director's cut)
Marie Loeb .... producer (director's cut)
Barclay Powers .... executive producer
Barclay Powers .... producer
Harris J. Salat .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Philip Foxman 
Mark Sterling 
 
Cinematography by
Robert Bennett 
Rudy M. Fenenga Jr. 
 
Film Editing by
Kevin Borque 
Clayton Halsey 
 
Casting by
Julie Ashton  (as Julia Ashton Barson)
 
Production Design by
Rick Walken 
 
Costume Design by
Miye 'Mimi' Matsumoto  (as Miye Matsumoto)
 
Makeup Department
Kimberly Fiallo .... makeup artist (as Kimberly Fiallo Tarver)
Michael R. Jones .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Straw Weisman .... post-production supervisor
 
Sound Department
Brigitte Burdine .... adr group supervisor
Ryan Ferro .... boom operator
George R. Groves Jr. .... sound re-recording mixer
Jeremy Hoenack .... sound re-recording mixer
Jeremy Hoenack .... supervising sound editor
Darryl Patterson .... production sound mixer
 
Visual Effects by
Brian C. Davis .... computer graphic design
Greg Groenekamp .... senior visual effects compositor
Rick Sander .... computer graphic design
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jennifer M. Byrne .... still photographer
Brian Knappenberger .... assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Diane Miller .... post-production coordinator (as Diane Evangelista)
Michael K. Reynolds .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Philip Foxman .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Jennifer M. Byrne .... production coordinator
Erik Liberman .... additional voice talent
Donald E. Wygal .... production assistant (as Don Wygal)
 
Thanks
Robert Daniel .... special thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for strong language, nudity, sexual content and some drug use
Runtime:
87 min
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8 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
An Absolutely Dreadful Film, 13 May 2000
Author: J. Canker Huxley from USA

At the beginning of the "comedy," director Jonathan Blank tells us Anarchy TV was based on a "true story" of a group of anarchist who took over a public access station. When their propaganda fell on deaf ears they went to the extremes, included getting naked on television to get noticed. What follows is an absolutely dreadful film.

I have often complained that some hollywood studios, directors, producers, and even actors will throw way too much money to try to make a wacky or embarrassing political statement with a bad movie. Anarchy TV proves that one can make a wacky or embarrassing politcal statement on a smaller budget.

The film starts off with some funny occurances with a public access station where "Anarchy TV" is run by a bunch of rich white kids. A few great scenes involve another television show called "Eat Me!" (two teenage punx tell obnoxious callers where to go) and a brief appearance by George Wendt (Norm from "Cheers") as a goofy, aging, hippie leader.

From there, this movie goes into the toliet of self-righteousnous and conspiracy mongering. In Blank's version of events, the station is purchased by an "evil" Chirstian business man who happens to be the father of one of the kids as disapproves with Anarchy TV. The show's cast takes over station where a large conspiracy is uncovered about the religious right involving profits, racism, and murder. The message falls on the deaf ears of the public until members of the cast get naked. Then, like the calvary of old Western flicks, liberally-minded groups from the Pro-Choice movement to NORML appear to save the day by picketing the studio.

At the beginning, I thought this would be a harmless parody of public access television or grass roots politics. Being that this was to be an "independent" production (as in "independent from Hollywood") I thought it may also stay away from the radical leftist view of Hollywood and look at every thing from a new edge or original angle.

This film does not attempt any of that. It comes off as a sanitizingly politically correct Scooby Doo episode with the conservative Christian villain being shown up by a bunch of meddling, if not self-righteous, conspiracy mongering, naked rich white kids. Where is the originally or edge in that?

Although this is set up as a independent or low budget movie, this should not be an excuse for the silly performances in this movie. Alan Thicke plays the villian to cartoonish proportions as do the Zappa kids. In particular, Moon Unit Zappa's performance is soooooo superheroishly cheesy, she makes Wendy, Super Marvin and Wonderdog look like members of the Royal Shakespeare Society. And no, the Zappas do not get naked in this film. That honor is left to Jessica Hecht and Jonathan Penner. Both Penner, Hecht and the rest of the casts could have been protrayed by those cheap marionettes that can be purchased from street venders in Tiujuana, Mexico (except for the nude scenes).

After watching this film, I wonder why Blank made this bad peice of fiction instead of making a charmingly disjointed documentary on the true story from which Anarchy TV is based.

With each passing minute of Anarchy TV, I wondered where the real anarchists were, who they were, and what REALLY motivated them to do what they did. More importantly, were the real people ever contacted by Blank, and if they were, was their political view of the world different from Blank's politically correct vision of a film?

If Blank's aim was to villify or praise the anarchists and their assault on the airways, why not go to the real source instead of ruining the careers of so many actors. Why not give me the real story, with real people and real political motives instead of wasting 90 minutes of my life?

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