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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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Rock and roll all night. Party every day. 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:

£96,504 (UK) (22 October 1999)

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

Each of the members of the band Mystery (Hawk, Trip, Jam, and Lex) mirror the members of the band KISS and even get together with girls appropriate to their counterparts: Hawk is like Paul Stanley, and gets the supermodel; Jam is like Peter Criss, and gets Beth (named after his solo song); Trip is like Ace Frehley, and gets the spacey girl; and Lex is like Gene Simmons, and gets Christine (named after one of his trademark songs). See more »

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When Ms. Bruce drives through the gates of St. Bernards, the camera pulls back to reveal there is only part of the right side of the wall. See more »

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Mrs. Bruce: And besides those jeans are so tight. I can see your p... s.
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After the credits are over, two kids from a previous scene come on screen and say, "We don't have any KISS tickets." "Yeah, KISS sucks!" See more »

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References The Incredible Hulk (1982) See more »

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Manfred Symphony
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (as Peter Tchaikovsky)
Performed by the Oslo Symphony Orchestra
Courtesy of Chandos Records
by arrangement with Koch International and Source/Q
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Fun concert adventure
20 January 2001 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

Being that the story is about kids who want to go to see their favourite band, you know that in the end they will somehow get to see the show. It's a question if you enjoy the ride to get there. And I did.

Although being a teen comedy (which always means an obligatory puke scene), and some physical comedy which was a little distracting, this film was just fun. The film works cause everyone can think back to the days in high school when you worshiped a band, played their music, and would DIE to see them play live, and this film captures that feeling perfectly. It also captures the era perfectly with the music, cars, good soundtrack, and the pot shots at of course... disco (Did you see those SHOES the disco chicks were wearing??). And of course it was VERY funny in places (I thought my jam sessions were bad...).

Also the film had me guessing as to what would happen, sometimes I thought it was predictable, then it switched gears and surprised me, particularly the ending which was so perfectly sweet!! Perfect music high school camradare done wonderfully. Even though I am not a fan of KISS, everyone can think back to the time when your fav band was your TRUE means of salvation.

Rating 7 out of 10.


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