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Detroit Rock City (1999)

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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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They came. They saw. They rocked. 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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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

When the four boys are playing Rock and Roll All Nite, various real-life adult magazines including Penthouse and Hustler can be seen. See more »

Goofs

When Jam's mother lights the KISS tickets, she goes to set them in the canister and the tickets are face down. The next close-up shot of the tickets burning, they are facing up. See more »

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MC: And the winner is... Sir Loin!
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Connections

References The Partridge Family (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Detroit Rock City
Written by Paul Stanley and Robert Ezrin (as Bob Ezrin)
Performed by KISS
Courtesy of Mercury Records
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets
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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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