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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
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

Spider's directional antenna is not connected to a co-ax cable and spins loosely in the roof, making it impossible for his radio to pick up a signal, also his car radio does no have an RF meter, making detecting the signal impossible. See more »

Quotes

Electra: There are a lot of voices out there but... yours is different. I like it. Come on.
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Soundtracks

You Heard The Song
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Music by Bill Conti
Performed by Larry Santos (uncredited)
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Winning Character Study
26 December 2012 | by kenjhaSee all my reviews

It sounds like a redneck movie about truckers, but it's really a gentle character study. The story centers around the citizen's band radio craze of the 1970s. Against this backdrop, the lives of a group of small town residents is examined in a successful blend of comedy and drama. Le Mat is quite likable as the unofficial enforcer of the local airwaves. His girlfriend is played by Clark, his "American Graffiti" co-star. There are fine performances from Blossom and McGill, as Le Mat's father and brother, respectively. There's a funny subplot about a bigamist trucker featuring Napier, Wedgeworth, Rodd, and Elias. The finale is a little forced, but this early effort from Demme mostly rings true.


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