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Detroit Rock City (1999)

 -  Comedy | Music  -  13 August 1999 (USA)
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A comedy about four teenagers in 1978 who try to scam their way into a KISS concert.

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Four members of a high school band called Mystery do everything they can to attend a KISS concert in Detroit. In order to make it to the show they must steal, cheat, strip, deal with an anti-rock mom and generally do whatever it takes to see the band that has inspired them to be musicians. Written by an Urban Achiever

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You gotta lose your mind at Detroit Rock City! See more »

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Comedy | Music

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Rated R for strong language, drug use and sex-related content | See all certifications »

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13 August 1999 (USA)  »

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The Kiss Movie  »

Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£96,504 (UK) (22 October 1999)

Gross:

SGD 292,958 (Singapore) (28 January 2000)
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Trivia

The first protesting mother seen outside the KISS concert (with brown curly hair and glasses) is Pamela Bowen, credited as the MATMOK Lieutenant. Pamela Bowen was the real-life spouse of Paul Stanley, lead singer and guitar player for KISS. They divorced in 2001. See more »

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After the highway chase, when Hawk is being dragged over to have his face rubbed in the pizza on the windshield of the disco car, pizza is already visible on the shoulder of his jacket. See more »

Quotes

[the guys find out their Volvo has been stolen]
Lex: We must get the cops in on this Volvo-situation.
Hawk: Lex, this is Detroit. You think the cops are gonna waste city-dollars on a Swedish car?
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Crazy Credits

The New Line Cinema fanfare is played on electric guitar instead of the usual orchestral version. See more »

Connections

References Jaws (1975) See more »

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Boogie Shoes
Written by Harry Wayne Casey (as Harry W. Casey) and Richard Finch
Performed by KC & The Sunshine Band
Courtesy of Rhino Entertainment Company
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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This movie rocks!
20 April 2001 | by (Jersey City, NJ) – See all my reviews

I really don't see why this movie tanked and why it is hated by many. Maybe its poor box office performance was due partly to its R-rating, being that it appeals to a predominantly teenage demographic. But I found it to be funny, entertaining and downright awesome!

This is not a nostalgic piece. Other than the music, this film's characters seemed to be fished out of contemporary society. So the older viewers might not enjoy it QUITE as much. I have to say, my only disappointment was that Kiss only got to perform once, at the very end. Other than that, this is just a wildly funny comic ride with good performances from the main cast, as well as the supporting--Lin Shaye stands out as the ultra-protective, Bible-toting, chain-smoking mother who regards Kiss as "Knights in Satan's Service." Joe Flaherty, of SCTV fame, also has a funny cameo.

What can I say? I laughed a lot. I bobbed my head to the music. I had fun. That pretty much does it for me.

My score: 7 (out of 10)


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