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SLC Punk! (1998)

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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John the Mod (as Jimmy Duval)
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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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Towards the end of the movie Stevo wears a badge reading "God is an American", a line from the popular David Bowie song "I'm Afraid of Americans". See more »

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Stevo's father claimed to have gone to Woodstock. Stevo would have been born in approx. 1963 to have graduated high school in 1981. So his father would have had a six year old son while being a student at Harvard University. See more »

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Stevo: The Fight: What does it mean and where does it come from? An Essay: Homosapien. A man. He is alone in the universe. A punker. Still a man. He is alone in the universe, but he connects. How? They hit each other. No clearer way to evaluate whether or not you're alive. Now. Complications. A reason to fight. Somebody different. Difference creates dispute. Dispute is a reason to fight. Now, to fight is a reason to feel pain. Life is pain. So to fight with reason is to be alive with reason. Final ...
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Referenced in Ghost World (2001) See more »

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Amoeba
Performed by Adolescents
Written by Rick Agnew & Casey Royer (as Casey A. Royer)
Courtesy of Frontier Records
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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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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