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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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Drama

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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:

CAD2,200,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to film critic Roger Ebert, "when it premiered at the 1980 Cannes Film Festival, it caused a considerable sensation, and [Linda] Manz was mentioned as a front-runner for the best actress award. But back in North America, the film's Canadian backers had difficulties in making a distribution deal, and the film slipped through the cracks". 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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Sorry Just Won't Do
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Sung by Jim Byrnes
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The Dennis Hopper Show.
2 February 2005 | by Captain_CouthSee all my reviews

Out of the Blue (1980) was a showcase of sorts for two actors. One was an up and coming star (Linda Manz) the other was one who was trying to get back into the limelight (Dennis Hopper). The two have managed to pull off their best performances of their careers. I don't think that either of them could ever top it.

The movie is about a shattered family. A tragic accident has landed Don (Dennis Hopper) is prison for running his Big Rig into a stalled school bus. Several years later, his daughter (Linda Manz) who was also involved in the accident is waiting for her father to come back home. She's a wild kid who has no use for authority and likes to spend her time fantasizing about Elvis Pressely and listening to Punk Rock. Mom (Sharon Farrel) is a mess who lives in a constant state of denial. Linda waits for Pop's to get out of prison because she feels that he'll make everything better. Will he?

A great film. Dennis Hopper's acting shines in this film. He also directs with a stylized flair that was apparent in Easy Rider. This film was made during his "down time". After being ostracized from Hollywood due to the mess of The Last Movie and his off screen actions. This was his last stab at trying to get back into the studio system. Linda Manz is great as C.B. But the real reason to watch this movie is Dennis Hopper, he puts on one hell of a show.

Highly recommended.


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