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Human Highway (1982)

The new owner of a roadside diner stuck in a town built around an always leaking nuclear power plant plans to torch the place to collect insurance. However, an assortment of bizare ... See full summary »

Directors:

Dean Stockwell, Neil Young (as Bernard Shakey)

Writers:

Neil Young (screenplay) (as Bernard Shakey), Jeanne Field (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Neil Young ... Lionel Switch / Frankie Fontaine
Russ Tamblyn ... Fred Kelly
Dean Stockwell ... Otto Quartz
Dennis Hopper ... Cracker / Stranger
Charlotte Stewart ... Charlotte Goodnight
Sally Kirkland ... Kathryn
Geraldine Baron Geraldine Baron ... Irene
Gerald Casale Gerald Casale ... Nuclear Garbageperson (as Jerry Casale)
Mark Mothersbaugh ... Nuclear Garbageperson / Booji Boy
Bob Casale ... Nuclear Garbageperson
Robert Mothersbaugh Robert Mothersbaugh ... Nuclear Garbageperson (as Bob Mothersbaugh)
Alan Myers Alan Myers ... Nuclear Garbageperson
Pegi Young ... Biker Girl
Mickey Fox ... Mrs. Robinson
Danny Tucker Danny Tucker ... Arthur
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Storyline

The new owner of a roadside diner stuck in a town built around an always leaking nuclear power plant plans to torch the place to collect insurance. However, an assortment of bizare characters and weird events (such as spaceships flying around) gets in his way. Written by Parca Mortem <icy_shadow@rocketmail.com>

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Taglines:

When love and fate collide

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Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Human Highway See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shakey Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Three of the leads of this film went on to work with director David Lynch in the following decade. Dean Stockwell appeared in Dune (1984) and Blue Velvet (1986), the latter of which also starred Dennis Hopper. Russ Tamblyn appeared on Twin Peaks (1990). See more »

Quotes

[the scene is a post-apocalyptic wasteland]
Booji Boy: Where did everyone go? Talk about a weenie roast!
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Crazy Credits

Watch for Human Highway III See more »

Alternate Versions

In 2015 a Director's Cut was released to film festivals around the world. This new cut was re-edited from digital transfers of the original negatives. It features new footage, special effects, audio and other narrative devices. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Best Worst Movie (2009) See more »

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A whack slice of the 80's.. with DEVO!
27 March 2001 | by jtk57See all my reviews

No doubt about it, most of these posts are on the money in describing this movie. When I slipped it into the VCR, I had no idea DEVO were in on the proceedings, but I was pleasantly surprised. These guys are so aggressively strange, anything they are in is worth watching at least once and this is no exception. The movie does ramble on and on with not much holding it together, and there are some weak romantic subplots, but I was looking forward enough to what came next so I kept watching. I loved "Booji Boy" and although the dream sequence with Young and DEVO seemed tacked on to give them an excuse to "Rok Out", Rok they do. And am I the only one to think Neil looks like he's on drugs? Plus, Dean Stockwell and Russ Tamblyn together at last and writing screenplays. Might David Lynch have given some advice on this one? It wouldn't be hard to believe, but he would have had better miniatures... This movie is easily whack enough to be worth seeing, especially if you are a DEVO or Young fan.


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