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Dudes (1987)

Two punks from the big city, traveling across the country in a Volkswagen bug, embrace the western ethos when they must take revenge against a group of rednecks for killing their friend in ... See full summary »

Director:

Penelope Spheeris

Writer:

Randall Jahnson (as J. Randal Johnson)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Cryer ... Grant
Daniel Roebuck ... Biscuit
Flea ... Milo
Lee Ving ... Missoula
Billy Ray Sharkey Billy Ray Sharkey ... Blix
Glenn Withrow ... Wes
Michael Melvin Michael Melvin ... Logan
Marc Rude Marc Rude ... Sonny
Catherine Mary Stewart ... Jessie
Cal Bartlett ... Witherspoon (as Calvin Bartlett)
Pete Willcox Pete Willcox ... Daredelvis
Vance Colvig Jr. Vance Colvig Jr. ... Hezekiah
Ancel Cook Ancel Cook ... Rhatigan
Wycliffe Young Wycliffe Young ... Watts
Red Wing Red Wing ... Laughing Bear
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Storyline

Two punks from the big city, traveling across the country in a Volkswagen bug, embrace the western ethos when they must take revenge against a group of rednecks for killing their friend in this lighthearted road movie. Along the way, they enlist the help of a young woman who runs a wrecking service. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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New York City is tough, but the country is really murder. See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 June 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Assalto na Noite See more »

Filming Locations:

Bagdad, Arizona, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Vista Organization See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Filmed in Cottonwood,AZ which is interestingly enough, three miles away from Clarkdale, AZ where The scene where Walsh (Robert De Niro and the Duke (Charles Grodin) steal a Blazer upon exiting the train Midnight Run (1988) was filmed, is literally, three miles away from where Dudes was filmed. On the same, stretch of road no less. Also, both films were released one year apart from each other. See more »

Goofs

The cops in Arizona have Chicago flags on their uniforms. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Milo: I'm so sick of doing this; I'm sick of waiting for the world to end.
Biscut: Me, too. Why don't we do something else for a change?
Grant: Yeah? Like what?
Biscut: Well, if we put our heads together, maybe we could figure something out.
Grant: My head just got stepped on. I can't think of nothing.
Milo: California! Let's move to California!
Biscut: I got a job. I got responsibilities.
Milo: Biscut, you're washing dishes in a shithole, brother. Personally, I think you could risk the career change.
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Crazy Credits

When the title comes on screen, the word "DUDES" is shown with metal studs. Two guns appear below the title, one of which fires. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Time Forgot You
Performed by Lethal Weapon
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"That's it man. We're going to California."
26 December 2011 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

Film-maker Penelope Spheeris's 80s absurdist road-tripping slacker black comedy sees three punk rockers leaving New York on their way to a better life in California, but on their way there they become targets of a ruthless hillbilly gang (led by an impressive Lee Ving) with one of them ending up dead. For the remaining two, instead of heading to California they decide go after the gang. This is one very odd, slapdash journey narrative with broad humour, but an even brutal tone and cross-cultural conflict as the modern punk scene meets old west philosophy as actors Jon Cryer, Daniel Roebuck and Flea find themselves along for the ride. I'm not that much of a fan of Cryer, but this is definitely the best thing I've seen him in. Also showing up in the cast is Catherine Mary Stuart. For a road movie, scenery is important and here the Arizona backdrop provides many picturesque sequences. Director Spheeris crafts out some surreal dynamics from the visuals and sets up some good stunt pieces. Pumping soundtrack, edgy script and kooky characters only added to this cult film's spontaneous and jarring charm.

"I'm so sick of waiting for the world to end."


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