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Detroit Rock City (1999)

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In 1978, four rebellious teenagers 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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


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


$34,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$4,193,025 (USA) (10 September 1999)

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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 Jam's mom is handing him the K-Mart box, he is holding drum sticks in his right hand and in another shot his hands are empty. When the box is shown again, he is holding the sticks. See more »


Lex: Okay, fuck it, man. I j- I just give up.
[louder growling]
Lex: Oh, God, man, what now? Wolves?
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Crazy Credits

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


References Billy Jack (1971) See more »


Ladies Room
Written by Gene Simmons
Performed by KISS
Courtesy of Mercury Records
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets
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User Reviews

A whole lot of fun
12 April 2006 | by (Hungary) – See all my reviews

This is a movie about four teenagers, Hawk (Furlong), Jam (Huntington), Lex (Andrews), and Trip (Debello). They plan on seeing Kiss, but Jam accidentally takes Trip's jacket home, with the tickets inside. While Jam is at school, his mom, a complete bible-maniac, finds the tickets and burns them. She proceeds to take Jam to a boarding school. The boys are bummed out, but they hear on the radio that the 10th caller who can give the real names of the band members gets 4 front row tickets and 4 backstage passes to the Kiss concert. Trip wins the contest, and off they go to rescue Jam, and head for Detroit.

I won't go into what happens there. All I'm gonna tell you is, this movie is hilarious. Go watch it for a great time.

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