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SLC Punk! (1998)

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

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Bob (as Michael Goorjian)
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Sandy
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Dad
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John the Mod (as Jimmy Duval)
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Brandy
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Jennifer
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Chris
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Jamie
Russell Peacock ...
Jones (as Russ Peacock)
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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

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

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Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

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

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16 April 1999 (USA)  »

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

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$299,200 (USA) (11 June 1999)
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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 »

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The sun on Stevo's face during the conversation with his father in the car. See more »

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Young Bob: How about, how about we turn this off?
Young Stevo: Don't touch my stereo, Bob.
Young Bob: Give it a chance, give me a chance. I got this from a guy I know in L.A.
Young Stevo: You know a guy in L.A.?
Young Bob: You tell ME... this doesn't rock.
[stereo starts playing "Kiss Me Deadly"]
Young Stevo: This isn't anything.
Young Bob: Just give it a chance.
Young Stevo: [pause] ... Well, what is it?
Young Bob: What is it?
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Edited from Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) See more »

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Gypsy Tango
Performed & Written by Robert J. Walsh & Rogowski
Courtesy of FirstCom Music
Published by First DigitalMusic (BMI)
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Pretty good snapshot of some parts of the 80's post-punk scene
2 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

OK first the disclaimer:

Punk rock died the day it was blessed with its moniker, I think somewhere around 1979/1980. I think part of the reason it died was because everyone was trying to strictly define what Punk meant, kinda defeating the purpose. The idea of anyone claiming to be "punk" now or at any point during the 90s or even the 80s is patently ridiculous. It's death, however, did serve to allow many people in different places to cadge together their own ideas about what "punk" was and reshape their own local counter-culture scene into something somewhat resembling that. Let's face it, the entire idea behind Anarchy is that of Iconoclasm; the destruction of images and false constructs, for example pop culture trends such as PUNK.

End disclaimer.

I came in as part of the punk revival (2nd wave) in the mid-80s, growing up in a mid-sized Midwestern city. The punk scene was very alive there and I immediately identified with it, but stuck with the non-conformist nature of it rather than filing off into a splinter group and wearing a uniform. This movie recalled a lot of my own experiences, ideas and feelings from that time. Uncomfortably so. Of course there was a lot of BS too, but the BS was part and parcel of the scene since everyone was co-opting "punk" into their own little social circles.

I didn't learn anything from this movie, which to my mind illustrates its accuracy as a decent, digestible snapshot of what was going on within that world where each of us knew a Heroin Bob, a crazy Belgian Mark, an intense nerdy Mike who just might go off the deep end and start a fight with the cops, a slutty Sandie, and armchair philosophers galore. And of course drugs, booze, filth and bad music.

A previous reviewer scolded this film for not following the "true punk" philosophy and went on to talk about how the Midwest "doesn't have a punk scene." Wrong. Buddy, reading books or watching videos about the history of that movement won't tell you anything. It was not deep, profound, or incredibly thoughtful. Don't read too much into it.


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