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Explosion (1969)

R | | Crime, Drama, War | March 1970 (USA)
During the height of the Vietnam war, a hippie and a draft dodger get together and hatch a plan to flee to Canada. They steal a car and head towards Vancouver, but the trip doesn't go as ... See full summary »

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Jules Bricken
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Cast

Cast overview:
Don Stroud ... Richie Kovacs
Gordon Thomson ... Alan Evans
Michèle Chicoine Michèle Chicoine ... Doris Randolph
Cec Linder ... Mr. Evans
Robin Ward ... Peter Evans
Ted Stidder Ted Stidder ... Timms
Murray Matheson ... Owner of Jaguar
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Sherry Mitchell Sherry Mitchell ... Susan
Olga Kaya Olga Kaya ... Valerie
Harry Saunders Harry Saunders ... Inspector Kelso
Richard Conte ... Dr. Philip Neal
Cameron MacDonald Cameron MacDonald ... Principal
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During the height of the Vietnam war, a hippie and a draft dodger get together and hatch a plan to flee to Canada. They steal a car and head towards Vancouver, but the trip doesn't go as smoothly as they planned, and before long they're being chased by the police, accused of murdering several police officers. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Alan and Ritchie wouldn't go to someone else's war - but they started a keen war of their own! See more »

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Crime | Drama | War

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R | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Blast See more »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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It's 1969, and after fleeing to Canada, an emotionally disturbed draft evader teams up with a young hippie (also a draft dodger), and where the duo goes, trouble follows.
1 May 2011 | by tcstuffSee all my reviews

The film's shoestring budget is glaringly apparent throughout. Bad sound. Bad lighting. Cheap, washed out film stock. Atrocious direction. Over-the-top acting. Gordon Thomson is painfully wooden as the central character, Alan Evans, who flees to Canada to avoid the draft. Don Stroud provides the film's only believable performance as Richie Kovacs, Evans' fellow draft dodger and hippie sidekick.

Underscoring The Blast's flaws is its syrupy, melodramatic music score, which smacks of the earliest days of soap opera. Criticism aside, the film's most redeeming features are a surprisingly interesting storyline, as well the use of a variety of stunning British Columbia locations.


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