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Six-String Samurai (1998)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Comedy  |  18 September 1998 (USA)
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In the post-apocalyptic world of 1960s Nevada, a rock 'n' roll samurai takes a young boy under his protection.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kim De Angelo ...
Stephane Gauger ...
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Oleg Bernov ...
Igor Yuzov ...
Zhenya Kolykhanov ...
George L. Casillas ...
Mariachi / Campfire Cast: Archer (#64)
Avi Sills ...
Monti Ellison ...
Head Pin Pal
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)


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 <>

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Rated PG-13 for martial arts and swordfight violence | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

18 September 1998 (USA)  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$36,896 (USA) (18 September 1998)


$124,494 (USA) (22 January 1999)

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Buddy: [Tired of the kid bawling and being a nuisance] I wonder where I could trade the kid for a ratchet?
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Funny, action-packed, film with a lot of spirit
10 February 2001 | by (San Antonio) – See all my reviews

This is a good movie. With the title and description, I expected an all out camp movie that would be fun and humorous, but this film has a lot of spirit. It's unique it's assimilation of several genres, for one. It also manages to create what has been destroyed in recent history of the martial arts film genre, where the protagonist is tragically heroic, and flawed. This is not typical hollywood fare, nor does it cross that line into a pure comic camp romp. The action scenes are excellent. The main characters are multidimensional, despite what little dialogue (and what great dialouge it has) they have. The film is well photographed, going far beyond what currently is offered in theatres. The film also has a lot of heart. It never compromises its integrity for trying to make a popcorn movie. It's so fun fillled and free spirited, which is rare in movies today. Plus, any movie with buddy holly moving with the grace of bruce lee is nothing short of unique. This one's a winner.

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