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On the Air Live with Captain Midnight (1979)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | November 1979 (USA)
A teenager has a mobile broadcast transmitter in his van that allows him to take over the airwaves as a renegade disc jockey.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tracy Sebastian Tracy Sebastian ... Captain Midnight
John Ireland ... Agent Pierson
Dena Dietrich ... Mother
Ted Gehring ... Father
Mia Kovacs Mia Kovacs ... Spunky
Barry Greenberg Barry Greenberg ... Gargen
Jim Ladd ... Disc Jockey
Rosemary Alexander ... The 'Shrink' (as Rosemary Lovell)
William Flatley William Flatley ... Mr. Gressi (as Bill Flatley)
Wendell Baker Wendell Baker ... Scott
Claudia Decea Claudia Decea ... Fat Vicky (as Claudia De Seca)
Ben Sebastian Ben Sebastian ... Ziggy's Brother
Lark Geib Lark Geib ... Sweet Sally
Kathy Hilton ... Corvette Girl (as Kathleen Richards)
Maggie Sebastian Maggie Sebastian ... Girl at Street Racing
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Storyline

A teenager has a mobile broadcast transmitter in his van that allows him to take over the airwaves as a renegade disc jockey.

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The Outlaw D.J. That Turned L.A. Everyway But Loose!!!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Captain Midnight See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

In 1986, a Florida satellite television tech named John R. MacDougall successfully intercepted HBO broadcasting for nearly five minutes with a message of protest regarding their rates. For this event, he referred to himself as "Captain Midnight", inspired by this film (which he'd seen a short time earlier). MacDougall was subsequently prosecuted by the FCC, and slapped with a fine of US$5000 and one year of probation. See more »

Goofs

As Ziggy/Captain Midnight and his girlfriend walk away at the end, they say something but their mouths don't move. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Captain Midnight Broadcast Signal Intrusion (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Wang Dang, Sweet Poon Tang
Written, Arranged and Performed by Ted Nugent
Recorded on Epic Records
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pretty cool forgotten teen movie
9 January 2004 | by EyeAskanceSee all my reviews

A typical suburban teen and his friends start their own pirate radio station from the back of a van and become an underground cult hit...John Ireland plays an F.C.C. investigator Hell-bent on pulling the plug, frustrated that he's being outsmarted at every turn.

A very modest production, but still great nostalgic fun for anyone who grew up during the 1970s...contains some super classic rock tunes from Ted Nugent and Rod Stewart. PUMP UP THE VOLUME(1990), a far more "polished" film which starred Christian Slater, had many similar ideas in play, and could almost be seen as a loose remake of CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT.

This film, now forgotten by most, is worth a look regardless of its impoverished origins, and could likely attract a small cult following if it becomes more easily available.

5.5/10


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