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Documentary covering what came to be known as "The Boston Gold Rush" of the late 1970s and early 1980s... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Lenny Clarke ... Himself

Barry Crimmins ... Himself

Mike Donovan ... Himself

Janeane Garofalo ... Herself

Don Gavin ... Himself

Bobcat Goldthwait ... Himself

DJ Hazard ... Himself

Denis Leary ... Himself

Kevin Meaney ... Himself

Paula Poundstone ... Herself

Colin Quinn ... Himself
Ken Rogerson ... Himself

Steven Wright ... Himself

Directed by
Fran Solomita 
Produced by
Douglas Miller .... producer
Chad Sahley .... executive producer
Original Music by
Peter McEvilley 
Film Editing by
Christopher Johnston 
Douglas Miller 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chad Sahley .... associate director
Sound Department
Eric Stolz .... re-recording mixer
Other crew
Stephanie Sapienza .... clearance coordinator
Ben Rock .... special thanks

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Rated R for language and some drug content
87 min
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
There Is No "There" There, 9 December 2008
Author: tillzen from United States

As someone who WAS there, this film is merely a compilation of old video, brief talking heads, and the pure chance of a reunion concert. Something DID happen in Boston at this time, but the director missed it by a mile. Instead he built a film around the footage he had, instead of doing the real work of a documentary. The focus on Lenny Clarke exemplifies this laziness. There was the most old footage of Lenny, so Lenny gets a lot of play here, that should have gone to others with far more talent and impact. The women get short-changed, as do the Emersonians. Before there were comedy clubs, there was improv, and except for Denis and Steven Wright, none of these drunken hacks could have created anything but the testament to chemical courage this film documents. The director missed the chance to illuminate the perfect storm that was Boston in those years. Instead he wallows in nostalgia instead of linking how those years rewrote comedy AND punk music, just as Greenwich Village did in the 1960's. Perhaps someday a filmmaker will correctly connect the dots, and link Boston '75 to '85 with the earth shaking cultural changes that we not only witnessed, but managed to live through!

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