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Strangers in Paradise (1984)

| Comedy, Musical, Sci-Fi
Mesmerist Jonathan Sage escapes Nazi Germany via a cryogenic tube. In the 1980s, a group of Fascist Americans thaw him out, hoping to use him as a way to rid their community of homosexuals,... See full summary »


Ulli Lommel


Thom Jones (additional dialogue) (as Thom Campbell-Jones), Ulli Lommel | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ulli Lommel ... Jonathan Sage / Hitler
Ken Letner Ken Letner ... Staggers
Thom Jones Thom Jones ... Larry Larkin
Cliff Brisbois Cliff Brisbois ... Ratcliffe
Paul Murray Paul Murray ... Dr. Tulip
Gloria McCord Gloria McCord ... Irma
Ann Price Ann Price ... Anita
Bette Chapel Bette Chapel ... Helen
Evakay Favia Evakay Favia ... Roxanne
Richard Green ... M.C.
Galyn Görg ... Hooker
Ula Hedwig Ula Hedwig ... Lesbian
Steve Adore Steve Adore ... Gay Man
Rick Chaff Rick Chaff ... Gambler
William Pettyjohn William Pettyjohn ... Singer of 'Hard Rock Cafe' (as Billy Pettyjohn)


Mesmerist Jonathan Sage escapes Nazi Germany via a cryogenic tube. In the 1980s, a group of Fascist Americans thaw him out, hoping to use him as a way to rid their community of homosexuals, free-thinkers, and other "radicals." The story is interspersed with many rock dance numbers. Written by Joe Arthur <tenebrae50@hotmail.com>

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fascist | 1980s | nazi | cryogenics | 1940s | See All (10) »


Comedy | Musical | Sci-Fi







Also Known As:

The Hypnotist See more »

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New West Films See more »
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


William Pettyjohn ...aka Bill Pettijohn... was the lead singer for a Doors tribute band from Cleveland, Ohio. Moonlight Drive was acknowledged in the book "Break On Through"( by James Riordan) as one of THE best Doors tribute bands. See more »


Referenced in Bunheads: A Nutcracker in Paradise (2012) See more »


Written by Felix Omar
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Worst anti-fascist musical ever made
14 April 2003 | by sweetride1960See all my reviews

This is mostly a political statement with some of the worst directed and staged song and dance numbers ever. Since the film is 50% song and dance, would it be too much to ask for the dancing to match the beat or the singers to lip-sync properly? The director, writer, and producer of STRANGERS IN PARADISE, Ulli Lommel, also stars as a mesmerist from WWII Germany named Sage, who is cryogenically frozen in the 1940s to escape Hitler (also played by Ulli Lommel). A group of crazy California fascists thaw out Sage in the 1980s and try to get him to hypnotize gays and punks into being upstanding citizens. There are a few effective moments in the movie, like a record burning and a scene of Sage hypnotizing the fascists into punks. But really! The songs are imitation Doors songs for the most part, very dated sounding even in the 80s, and Ulli Lommel the director gets a very poor performance out of Ulli Lommel the actor. Sage is so out of it most of the time and can barely speak in a whisper, and then he has nothing interesting to say! The rest of the acting is designed so none of the actors would upstage the zombie-like lead actor, and all of the musical numbers are very messy. It seems to be a movie that Ulli Lommel made for Ulli Lommel, and maybe his grandkids would enjoy it but I thought it was a missed opportunity. See THE PRODUCERS instead.

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