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The American Way (1986)

A group of Vietnam vets disturbs television programs from a B-29 airplane. They want to sabotage Mrs Westinghouse's political campaign who is running for the Senate in support of US ... See full summary »

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Maurice Phillips

Writer:

Scott Roberts
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Hopper ... The Captain
Michael J. Pollard ... Tesla
Eugene Lipinski ... Ace
James Aubrey ... Claude
Al Matthews ... Benedict
Bill Armstrong Bill Armstrong ... Jerry (as William Armstrong)
Michael Ho Michael Ho ... Minh
Scott Hoxby ... Sam (as Derek Hoxby)
Nigel Pegram ... Mrs. Westinghouse
Mark Caven ... Don
Craig Pinder Craig Pinder ... Irving
Jeff Harding ... Doug
Linda Lou Allen Linda Lou Allen ... Mary
Norman Chancer Norman Chancer ... Dr. King
Gwen Humble ... Linda
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Storyline

A group of Vietnam vets disturbs television programs from a B-29 airplane. They want to sabotage Mrs Westinghouse's political campaign who is running for the Senate in support of US military involvement in South America. Mrs Westinghouse orders some nuclear missiles to be launched against the saboteurs, but they manage to avoid the impact and even succeed in exposing a big secret of hers. Written by Salvatore Santangelo <pappagone2@libero.it>

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Truth, justice...

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Comedy | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 November 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Riders of the Storm See more »

Filming Locations:

Glen Canyon, Utah, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby (Surround Sound)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Thought it's a "reissue" title, this movie is known by anyone who remembers it as 'Riders On The Storm', which made sense since it starred Dennis Hopper, who would always fitfully play burnt-out character from the 1960's, when the titular song by the Doors was popular. See more »

Goofs

When Sam is picked up from the building, with a rope ladder hanging from the belly of the the B-29, for a brief moment the landing skids of a helicopter are visible.

However, as the Aspect ratio listed for the film is 1.33 : 1 (negative ratio) 1.85 : 1 (intended ratio), it leads me to believe we're seeing things that were meant to be "matted" out at the top and bottom to make the aspect ratio 1.85 : 1. There is also a scene where the religious group is shooting or doing a commercial and we see a boom microphone at the bottom of the screen. This also would have been "matted" out at 1.85 : 1. See more »

Crazy Credits

The closing credits of the film include a video screen showing the film itself being played backwards at high speed. See more »

Alternate Versions

Originally released in Great Britain with the title "The American Way" at 105 minutes; was recalled, recut and re-released in the rest of the world a shorter 92-minutes version as "Riders of the Storm". See more »


Soundtracks

Fur Fly
Written by Will Jennings
Published by Copyright Control
Produced by Will Jennings & David Briggs
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One of the bestCmmentaries on US Politics Ever!
4 May 2000 | by Alan DSee all my reviews

When this was made, the script was a comment on Regan's America and how the Military/Industrial Alliance combined with Fundamentalist Right Wing Churches tried to influence US politics.

Sadly it seems that the points made in this picture are just as valid now as they were then.

Hopper is outstanding as the Captain. He is joined by a top class cast who obviously take great delight in their roles.

I particularly loved the soundtrack and will forever look at the music of Jimi Hendrix in a new light.

Afficionados of the work of "Filthy George" of New York Cable TV fame, will enjoy the sequence which pays tribute to his rather unique "news gathering" techniques.

What else can I say, great story, great script, great cast, great soundtrack - a classic, don't miss any opportunity to see this picture which restored my faith in the ability of the US industry to produce an intelligent, witty and thought provoking movie.


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