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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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Claude
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Benedict
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Jerry (as William Armstrong)
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Minh
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Sam (as Derek Hoxby)
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Linda
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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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13 November 1987 (USA)  »

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Riders of the Storm  »

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Feature debut for director Maurice Phillips. 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 »

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

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Features Captain Blood (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

Il Trovatore: Di Quella Pira
Performed by Franco Corelli with The Orchestra of the Rome Opera House
Conducted by Thomas Schippers
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Courtesy of EMI Records Ltd.
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Doctor Rock's Essential Viewing
10 January 1999 | by See all my reviews

Dennis Hopper and Michael J. Pollard (Doc Tesla) lead a crew of misfit Vietnam veterans highly trained in psychological warfare and armed with a B29 equipped as a flying pirate TV station creating havoc for the broadcast networks and authorities as they fly the country on a crusade to bring radical philosophies and classic audiovisuals to a conservative and media brainwashed viewing public.

On the verge of retirement they are compelled to mount one last campaign to destroy a demographically engineered presidential candidate who would see the country brought to war again.

Extensive explorations into concepts of non-violent defiance of authority and pursuit of justice, questioning conventional morality, exposition of criminal activities in the guise of righteousness by righteous people being classed as criminals by a corrupt establishment, existentialist themes, technology and rock music versus violence and force, nature of religious beliefs, political corruption and post Vietnam issues.

Some excellent 60's and 70's music in the soundtrack. Not to be missed.


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