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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 V. Casale Gerald V. 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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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 »

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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Trivia

Contains the only recorded collaboration between Neil Young and Devo, as they perform "Hey Hey My My (Out The Blue Into The Black)". The song is sung by Mark Mothersbaugh as his "Booji Boy" character,and changes a few lyrics in typical Devo fashion. (i.e. "Johhny Rotten" becomes "Johnny Spud"). See more »

Quotes

Lionel Switch: Now there's a real human being!
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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

Edited into We're All Devo (1983) See more »

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Who needs drugs?
25 June 2001 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

When you've got movies like this to watch! This is one of the oddest things you'll ever see. Seems like Young, Stockwell and co. had ideas for several movies but decided to put them all into this one. Part musical, part comedy, part fantasy, part anti-nuke message film, all filmed on a stylised set somewhere between Pee Wee's Playhouse, One From The Heart and The Wizard Of Oz. You've got Neil Young with goofy teeth, and a supporting cast of solid cult types like Stockwell, Hopper, Kirkland and Tamblyn, plus Mary from Eraserhead and DEVO! Can you dig it? If you can pick up a copy of Neil's unfairly maligned album Trans too. The guy isn't just a folksy singer-songwriter and the Godfather of Grunge, he's a freakin' VISIONARY people. Well if not a visionary, a wacko with a loony sense of humour.


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