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The Runaways (2010)

R  |   |  Biography, Drama, Music  |  19 March 2010 (USA)
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A coming-of-age biographical film about the 1970s teenage all-girl rock band The Runaways. This film also explores the relationship between band members Joan Jett and Cherie Currie.



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In 1975, San Fernando Valley teen Joan Larkin reinvents herself as Joan Jett, a guitarist who wants to form an all-girl punk band. She pitches the idea to a sleazy manager, Kim Fowley, who pairs her with a drummer and then searches for a face: he finds Cherie Currie, at age 15, the perfect jailbait image for his purpose; by luck, she can sing. Two others round out the band, The Runaways. Fowley books a tour, signs them to Mercury Records, and packs them off to crowds in Japan. Seeds of conflict sprout early: Fowley puts Cherie front and center in the publicity, she's soon strung out on drugs and vodka, and jealousies arise. Without adult supervision, where can Joan and Cherie end up? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


It's 1975 and they're about to explode.


Biography | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, drug use and sexual content - all involving teens | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 March 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Neon Angels  »

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Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$805,115 (USA) (19 March 2010)


$3,571,735 (USA) (28 May 2010)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Dakota Fanning borrowed a belt from Cherie Currie to wear in the film. Joan Jett recognized the belt in the DVD commentary and stated Cherie wore it constantly while touring with The Runaways. See more »


When Cherie Currie (Dakota Fanning) is attempting to buy a bottle of vodka at the supermarket, alcohol can be seen on display that was not in production yet e.g. green and orange boxes of Patron. See more »


Tammy: My brother says guys don't like girls who are tough. He says guys like girls to be soft and flirty.
Joan Jett: He would say that, he's a pussy.
Tammy: He does spend a lot of time doing his bangs.
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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.10 (2010) See more »


California Paradise
Written by Kim Fowley, Joan Jett, Kari Krome (as Cari Lee Mitchell) and Sandy West
Performed by Dakota Fanning
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Great Movie
12 November 2010 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Great movie. It's told from Cherie's point of view. As most of you know, Kristen Stewart plays Joan Jett. A lot of people hang sh*t on her acting because of the Twilight Movies... Twilight was made for young teens. Plus, the movies are made so close together, she hasn't got the time to really get a feel of the character in each movie... Don't overlook this movie because of Kristen Stewart and say "Oh no she's the chick from Twilight" Hire the movie. Don't get put off. That said, I think Kristen Stewart done a fantastic job playing Joan Jett. Excellent in fact... She's caught my eye, and I will be looking out for her in the future... Dakota Fanning plays Cherie Currie. She also done a fantastic job. If your a fan of The Runaways or Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, you will enjoy this movie. For those who aren't fans, get the movie, because most of you will end up being one. Since the movie, I can't get Cherry Bomb out of my head.

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