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Made in U.S.A. (1987)

Two misfit best friends, Dar and Tuck, leave their dying coal-mining town with only one goal in mind - to reach sunny California and hook up with some beach babes. On the road, they meet gun-crazy outlaw Annie, and she takes over.


Ken Friedman


Zbigniew Kempinski (story), Nick Wechsler (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Judith Baldwin ... Dorie
Lori Singer ... Annie
Marji Martin ... Ma Frazier
Adrian Pasdar ... Dar
Chris Penn ... Tuck
Tiny Wells Tiny Wells ... Pa Frazier
Jacqueline Murphy ... Cora
Frank Beddor ... Bud
Marie Antoinette Bresadola Marie Antoinette Bresadola ... Waitress
Mark Carlton Mark Carlton ... Ford Salesman
Scott Casey Scott Casey ... Redneck in Gas Station
Pete Concha Pete Concha ... Elderly Indian
Lionel Croll Lionel Croll ... Garage Owner
Cindi Dietrich Cindi Dietrich ... Girl in Trans-Am
Anthony Duran Anthony Duran ... Lonny


Two men from Pennsylvania give up hope in their small run down coal mining town, and head off in search of the beaches of California. The two steal cars as they travel across the USA and are joined by a wild young woman. Written by Rob Hartill

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They hit the road in search of thrills and excitement... They got more than they bargained for... See more »


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The scalping scene was shot on the Acoma Indian Reservation, just below Sky City. See more »


Tuck and Dar
Written by Sonic Youth
Performed by Sonic Youth
Copyright 1986 Euphonius Music/Savage Conquest Music
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Rebels Without A Clue
21 December 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Chris Penn and Adrian Pasdar leave their dying coal town in Pennsylvania and begin a road trip to California with a spree of petty thievery and car theft. When they pick up Lori Singer, the crimes grow larger.

There was some fighting between director Ken Friedman and the suits at Hemdale over the final cut. What survives is a movie about two dumb drifters who fall in with an equally ignorant but politically radicalized woman. There's contempt in this movie, not just for the principals, but the society which created them. It's beautifully shot by cinematographer Curtis Clark, particularly the landscapes in Arizona and New Mexico. The people, however, are all ugly, either physically or spiritually. The editing is also poor; there's a major subplot in which they steal a truck, the truckers organize an effort to find them, and that's the last heard of them.

Friedman apparently showed his own cut at Cannes, there were lawsuits, and this version trickled out on tape over the next few years. While it is possible his version was a better one, we can't know that. What survives is a movie about three dumb drifters who stick it to the Man to little purpose.

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15 October 1987 (West Germany) See more »

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