SLC Punk! (1998)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Music  |  16 April 1999 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.5/10 from 21,368 users   Metascore: 50/100
Reviews: 322 user | 51 critic | 21 from

In the early 1980s Stevo and Heroin Bob are the only two dedicated punks in conservative Salt Lake City.



Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 


A young punk's odyssey.

Director: James Merendino
Stars: Devon Sawa, James Duval, Hannah Marks
Suburbia (1983)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

When household tensions and a sense of worthlessness overcome Evan, he finds escape when he clings with the orphans of a throw-away society. The runaways hold on to each other like a family... See full summary »

Director: Penelope Spheeris
Stars: Chris Pedersen, Bill Coyne, Jennifer Clay
Slackers (2002)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

When geeky Ethan discovers three fellow students scamming the examination system, he blackmails them to win over the college's most popular girl.

Director: Dewey Nicks
Stars: Devon Sawa, Robert B. Martin Jr., Jason Segel
Death Club (2008)
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Four rich kids come to terms with their friend's suicide in an unconventional way.

Director: James Merendino
Stars: Vera Carnevale, Daniel de la Vega, María Esquivel
Sid and Nancy (1986)
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Morbid biographical story of Sid Vicious, bassist with British punk group the Sex Pistols, and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen. When the Sex Pistols break up after their fateful US tour, ... See full summary »

Director: Alex Cox
Stars: Gary Oldman, Chloe Webb, David Hayman
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Two college roommates go out and party, resulting in bad grades. They learn of the clause that says, "If your roommate dies, you get an A," and decide to find someone who is on the verge, so to speak, to move in with them.

Director: Alan Cohn
Stars: Tom Everett Scott, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Poppy Montgomery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The Invisible Life of Thomas Lynch' is a dark comedy about a lonely small time hit man. Shot documentary style, the film reveals a pathetically empty and misguided man and the callousness ... See full summary »

Directors: Lisa Hammer, James Merendino
Stars: Steve Stanulis, Lisa Hammer, Levi Wilson
Idle Hands (1999)
Comedy | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Lazy Anton's right hand becomes possessed with murderous intent.

Director: Rodman Flender
Stars: Devon Sawa, Seth Green, Elden Henson
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The adventures of incoming high school and junior high students on the last day of school, in May of 1976.

Director: Richard Linklater
Stars: Jason London, Wiley Wiggins, Matthew McConaughey
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Jordan White and Amy Blue, two troubled teens, pick up an adolescent drifter, Xavier Red. Together, the threesome embark on a sex and violence-filled journey through an America of psychos and quickiemarts.

Director: Gregg Araki
Stars: James Duval, Rose McGowan, Johnathon Schaech
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The employees of an independent music store learn about each other as they try anything to stop the store being absorbed by a large chain.

Director: Allan Moyle
Stars: Anthony LaPaglia, Debi Mazar, Maxwell Caulfield
Ghost World (2001)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

With only the plan of moving in together after high school, two unusually devious friends seek direction in life. As a mere gag, they respond to a man's newspaper ad for a date, only to find it will greatly complicate their lives.

Director: Terry Zwigoff
Stars: Steve Buscemi, Thora Birch, Scarlett Johansson


Cast overview, first billed only:
Stevo's Dad
John the Mod (as Jimmy Duval)
Christina Karras ...
Russell Peacock ...
Jones (as Russ Peacock)


Two punks live in Salt Lake City. The film covers their all-day routine. The realism of the character-narrated movie may be discussed. One of the punks gets ill, stays in hospital for three weeks, comes out again. Three parties are covered and one concert including a fight between punks, rednecks and others. Written by Christian Sarnes

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


God bless America...they're going to need it.


Comedy | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language, drug use, violent anti-social behavior and some sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

16 April 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

SLC Punk  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$36,218 (USA) (16 April 1999)


$299,200 (USA) (11 June 1999)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs



Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The scene in Stevo's parents' living room where they try to convince him to go to Harvard was shot in director James Merendino's father's house. See more »


When Stevo and his friends are shown driving to Wyoming, they're actually driving west on Interstate 80 toward Nevada. See more »


Bob: You're pretty fucking weird you know that?
See more »


References The Shining (1980) See more »


Gypsy Tango
Performed & Written by Robert J. Walsh & Rogowski
Courtesy of FirstCom Music
Published by First DigitalMusic (BMI)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Matthew Lillard's best role
23 January 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is about anarchy and the whole 1980's punk rock scene with references to many early punk bands such as Sex Pistols and The Ramones. If you're expecting this to be another Matthew Lillard teen flick, you are greatly mistaken. Sure it has its funny parts, but mainly this film survives on great acting by Lillard and Michael Goorjian. Lillard and Goorjian's characters believe that they are the only "true" punk rockers in Salt Lake City, Utah and go about their lives liberating against conformity. Their characters, like every punk, need to be different and their main focus in life really is anarchy. Film would have suffered if not for the casting of Lillard and his narration throughout the film was another plus. I recommend seeing it because it is something far different than anything Matthew Lillard has ever done.

28 of 38 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Punks who now play in the system oz6381
Brandy and her mustache. lygermyers
Emo kids. guildfan
Sequel to SLC Punk!? stealthvizionary
Sequel is being made CremeFraiche
OPERA SONG during acid trip? title? LAWFIRMFilm08
Discuss SLC Punk! (1998) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: