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Citizens Band (1977)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | 18 May 1977 (USA)
This movie interlaces the stories of several characters in a small town united by their use of CB (citizen's band) radio. Paul LeMat is the local CB coordinator who has time for little else... See full summary »

Director:

Jonathan Demme

Writer:

Paul Brickman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Le Mat ... Spider
Candy Clark ... Electra
Bruce McGill ... Blood
Roberts Blossom ... Papa Thermodyne
Tramp Tramp ... Ned The Dog
Charles Napier ... Chrome Angel
Ann Wedgeworth ... Dallas Angel
Marcia Rodd ... Portland Angel
Alix Elias ... Hot Coffee
Richard Bright ... Smilin' Jack
Ed Begley Jr. ... The Priest
Michael Rothman Michael Rothman ... Cochise
Michael Mahler Michael Mahler ... The Hustler
Harry Northup ... The Red Baron
Will Seltzer Will Seltzer ... Warlock
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Storyline

This movie interlaces the stories of several characters in a small town united by their use of CB (citizen's band) radio. Paul LeMat is the local CB coordinator who has time for little else in his life. His father, Roberts Blossom is a sour old man who is nice on the radio. Charles Napier is a trucker hospitalized after an accident, with hilarious consequences. Written by Reid Gagle

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Taglines:

Everybody is somebody else

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Picked by Entertainment Weekly magazine as one of the "50 Greatest Independent Films" in a special supplement devoted to independent films that was only distributed to subscribers in October 1997. See more »

Goofs

When Spider and Cochese are in Spider's car after pulling down the Nazis' antenna, Cochese says, "Oh Spider, I don't think I can take much more of this," but his lips aren't moving. See more »

Quotes

Spider: Cochise, my man, you're looking at 2,000 watts of pure radio power. 1,996 of them are illegal. How can such a small mind have such a big antenna?
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Connections

Referenced in Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

You Are So Beautiful
Performed by Joe Cocker
Words & music by Billy Preston & Bruce Fisher
©1973 Almo Music & Irving Music, Inc.
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An Inconsistent Story - Or Stories
18 March 2008 | by sddavis63See all my reviews

Another example of a movie featuring independent stories that find a connecting point, "Handle With Care" (or "Citizens Band") puts its own twist on the genre by having the stories connect through the use of CB radios by the main characters.

As with almost any movie of this type, some of the stories are better than others. The story featuring "Spider" (Paul Le Mat) as a sort of CB super-hero who makes sure that people don't abuse the airwaves was a bit silly, and reminded me a lot of the old '70's TV series "Emergency," combined with a bit of "Batman" - without the costume. Like the paramedics of "Emergency" kept responding to largely unrelated emergencies with at best only a loose thread holding every episode together, Spider similarly dealt with an injured trucker (Charles Napier) and a pilot forced to crashland on a highway, and - like the Caped Crusader without the cape - he took on a boy who used the radio for underhanded purposes, a neo-Nazi who spread hatred and a radical Catholic priest who was trying to convert listeners. The best story was of that rescued trucker, who turns out to be a bigamist and who has to deal with both wives coming to see if he's OK. That story was also responsible for most of the humour in the movie, and was, I thought quite well done. Spider's dysfunctional family, and the sexual CB fantasies of "Warlock" and "Electra" were other connecting stories.

It was an inconsistent movie - some stories were very good and very funny, some were quite dull to be honest. It's worth no more than a 5, but in fairness it's a 5 that's worth watching.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 May 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Handle with Care See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$815,530

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$815,530
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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