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Detroit Rock City (1999)

R  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Trip (as James De Bello)
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Kathryn Haggis ...
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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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They came. They saw. They rocked. See more »


Comedy | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

13 August 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Kiss Movie  »

Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,005,512 (USA) (13 August 1999)


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

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Edward Furlong auditioned for the role of Trip. See more »


When Lex enters the garage to rescue Christine with the pack of dogs, most of the dogs enter more than once. See more »


Hawk: [talking to Barbara] Oh, yeah, *STELLA*! And we'll deserve it too, won't we? But you know what I'm gonna do? I'm gonna make it *really* worth their while!
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Crazy Credits

The end credits go from orange-red to blue See more »


References Good Times (1974) See more »


Rock Your Baby
Written by Harry Wayne Casey (as Harry W. Casey) and Richard Finch
Performed by George McCrae
Courtesy of Rhino Entertainment Company
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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User Reviews

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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