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Stephen Chambers ... Himself

Flea ... Himself

Gary Fredo ... Himself (LAPD)
Ron Martinez ... Himself - Final Conflict
Michael Orr ... Pinwheel
Rick Wilder ... Himself (The Mau-Maus)
Shawn Azad ... Uncredited (uncredited)
Sacha Dunable ... Uncredited (uncredited)
Allen Yelent ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Penelope Spheeris 
Produced by
Ross Albert .... co-producer
Guy J. Louthan .... producer
Scott Wilder .... producer
Original Music by
Phil Suchomel (score)
Cinematography by
Jamie Thompson 
Film Editing by
Ross Albert 
Ann Trulove 
Sound Department
Mike Chock .... sound mixer
Mike Chock .... supervising sound editor
Douglas Hinton .... assistant sound editor
James Wright .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby Stereo
Joe Michalski .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
John Joleaud .... still photographer
Penelope Spheeris .... camera operator: "b" camera
Editorial Department
Evelyn Purwins .... assistant editor
Music Department
Steve Mccroskey .... additional music editor
Stephen E. Smith .... music supervisor

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86 min
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The film was originally to be titled 'The Decline In Eastern Civilization' and was to cover the Japanese heavy metal music scene.See more »
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10 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Can't teach an old dog old tricks..., 30 October 2005
Author: Jamal Duval ......... from Los Angeles

I remember seeing the theatrical trailer for this film in the theaters around seven years ago. It probably only lasted in the theaters out here for about a week and then the film disappeared entirely. I even recall finding an interview with Penelopy Spheres in a magazine somewhere around that time too. I guess I was pretty eager to see the film, but missed it. Anyhow after seeing the film for the first time today, I must say I was a bit disappointed. It seemed as if everything that was weak about the first film (namely the lame outsider questions) was all that remained in the third. How could the same film maker who made Suburbia and the first Decline be so far out of touch? I mean, she made it look like the only group doing shows in '97 was Naked Aggression. At one point in the movie she asks a kid what speed is, and then she turns around asks the same dude if his mom used to smoke it or shoot it. Whaaat? I thought you didn't even know what a tweaker was. Bascialy the the movie goes on like this, "Where are your parents? Do they like your hair? What's that in your ear? Let's interview a cop. Where do you see your self in 5 years? What's tweak? Doesn't that make you sad? Why don't you get a job?" It looked a lot like the only thing the director was really attracted to was the appearance of her subject, and in the end, even though the people in this film are are real, you kind of have to wonder how accurate this movie really is.

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