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Out of the Blue (1980)

R | | Drama | April 1982 (USA)
A young girl whose father is an ex-convict and whose mother is a junkie finds it difficult to conform and tries to find comfort in a quirky combination of Elvis and the punk scene.

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Dennis Hopper
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Linda Manz ... Cebe
Dennis Hopper ... Don
Sharon Farrell ... Kathy
Don Gordon ... Charlie
Raymond Burr ... Dr. Brean
Eric Allen Eric Allen ... Paul
Fiona Brody Fiona Brody ... Carol
David L. Crowley ... Anderson (as David Crowley)
Joan Hoffman Joan Hoffman ... Jean
Carl Nelson Carl Nelson ... Cabby
Francis Ann Pettit Francis Ann Pettit ... Nancy
Glen Pfeifer Glen Pfeifer ... Glenn
David Ackridge David Ackridge ... Teacher
Jim Byrnes ... Party Singer (as Jim Byrne)
Glen Fyfe Glen Fyfe ... Bouncer
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A young girl whose father is an ex-convict and whose mother is a junkie finds it difficult to conform and tries to find comfort in a quirky combination of Elvis and the punk scene.

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She's 15. The only adult she admires is Johnny Rotten. See more »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

No Looking Back See more »

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Canada See more »

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Budget:

CAD 2,200,000 (estimated)
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Robson Street See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The only ever film where Dennis Hopper acted as a writer where he is uncredited as a writer. See more »

Quotes

Cebe: Subvert normality. Punk is not sexual, it's just aggression. Destroy. Kill All Hippies. I'm not talking at you, I'm talking to you. Anarchy. Disco sucks. I don't wanna hear about you, I wanna hear from you. This is Gorgeous. Does anybody outthere read me? Disco sucks, kill all hippies. Pretty vacant, eh? Subvert normality. Signing off. This is Gorgeous. Signing off.
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Hopper's greatest achievement.
21 December 2001 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

'Out Of The Blue' is one of the most haunting and disturbing movies ever made. Dennis Hopper has had mixed results as a director, but this is his masterpiece. While nowhere near as well known as the pop culture landmark 'Easy Rider', this is easily a much more important and accomplished work. Filmed in Canada during the period when Hopper was still persona non grata in Hollywood, he may have been out of control in FRONT of the screen (the movie features one of his legendary unhinged performances), but he certainly was fully in control BEHIND the scenes.

Hopper plays Don Barnes, a trucker released from prison who attempts to piece his life and family together while battling the bottle and the repercussions of a tragedy, which still festers like an open wound. His wife Kathy (Sharon Farrell - 'The Stunt Man') is scraping by as a waitress, and is shooting smack and fooling around with his former "best friend" Charlie (Don Gordon - 'The Mack'), a slimy piece of work. The Barnes teenage daughter Cebe (Linda Manz in an unforgettable and star-making role) is running wild, obsessed with Elvis, punk rock and CB radio. The Barnes are doomed. The viewer may not know exactly what is going to happen to this dysfunctional bunch, but it doesn't take Einstein to figure out it ain't gonna be pretty! However the ending is still unexpected and devastating. You'll never forget it.

A nihilistic movie, but a worthwhile one. Simply stunning.


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