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Six-String Samurai (1998)

In the post-apocalyptic world of 1960s Nevada, a rock 'n' roll samurai on his way to Lost Vegas takes a young orphan boy under his protection as Death and his metalhead Horsemen chase after them.

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Kim De Angelo ...
Mother
Stephane Gauger ...
Clifford Hugo ...
Oleg Bernov ...
Igor Yuzov ...
Zhenya Kolykhanov ...
George L. Casillas ...
Avi Sills ...
Monti Ellison ...
Kareem ...
Bowler #2 / Campfire Cast: Other Actor (#76)
Richard McGuire ...
Cantina owner
Paul Szopa ...
Bowler #3 / Campfire Cast: Other Actor (#77)
Jefferson Wagner ...
Car Guy (as Zuma Jay)
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A mysterious and powerful hero of the classic kind, Buddy is as skilled with his guitar as he is with his samurai sword. Thrown together with a kid whom he saves in a spectacular battle, the two of them must now escape their enemies and reach "Lost Vegas," the rock 'n' roll capital of this future world. Written by <Rama@manga.com>

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Rated PG-13 for martial arts and swordfight violence | See all certifications »
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18 September 1998 (USA)  »

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Box Office

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,896, 20 September 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$124,494, 24 January 1999
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Trivia

Buddy is implied to be the rock n' roll legend Buddy Holly (Due to his physical similarities and musical ability). See more »

Goofs

The guitar being used by Buddy throughout the film is referred to as a "1957 Six String Hollowbody". The guitar is actually a 1965-1966 Martin GT Series Hollowbody guitar. See more »

Quotes

Death: Only one man can kill this many Russians. Bring his guitar to me!
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One of the "Red Elivises", Zhenya Kolykhanov, is miscredited as Zhenga Kolykhanov See more »

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Two-fisted, end of the world, rock'n'roll high camp
14 November 1999 | by See all my reviews

Yes, this film does have it's faults. Most low budget films do. But the overall theme of this work is a multi-layered spoof of many genres. The Hong Kong fantasy samurai film, end-of-the-world pictures, rock and roll musicals, and the obsession with Las Vegas.

I had the fortune to see this film at a multiplex in Las Vegas, and was not disappointed. Buddy is a bad-ass rock'n'roller with a katana hidden in his guitar with his sights set on being the next king of Las Vegas. "The Kid" is annoying and has a ear-splitting shriek (Why wouldn't he? No playmates, no cartoons, just empty land and not a Gymboree or video arcade in sight!), and the various bad guys (loved the evil bald bowlers) come in just about every shape and size.

Elements of "Wizard of Oz", "El Topo", "Mad Max", Sam Peckenpah, and God knows how many Kung Fu/Samurai films are in this, seasoned with a handful of self-conscious humor.

Living in the Las Vegas area, I'm familiar with most of the scenes featured (The bombed out gas station is the ghost town of Rhyolite, Nevada), so it was a kick seeing some of those places in a film.

It isn't for everyone, and some will dislike it, mostly for it's campiness, but this is a film that doesn't take itself too seriously...and neither should you.


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