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Rude Awakening (1989)

R | | Comedy | 16 August 1989 (USA)
In the 1960s, two hippies go off into the jungle to evade the FBI. When they come back to New York in the 1980s, their fellow hippie friends have become rich yuppies.

Writers:

Neil Levy (story), Neil Levy (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cheech Marin ... Jesús Monteya
Eric Roberts ... Fred Wook
Julie Hagerty ... Petra Black
Robert Carradine ... Sammy Margolin
Buck Henry ... Lloyd Stool
Louise Lasser ... Ronnie Summers
Cindy Williams ... June Margolin
Andrea Martin ... April Stool
Cliff De Young ... Agent Brubaker
Dion Anderson ... Dr. Binibon
Peter Boyden Peter Boyden ... Dr. Childs
Nick Wyman Nick Wyman ... Dr. Abbott (as Nicholas Wyman)
Michael Luciano Michael Luciano ... Martin
Amy Glass Amy Glass ... 1st Twin
Becky Glass Becky Glass ... 2nd Twin
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Storyline

In the late 1960s, two hippies are forced to leave their friends as they are wanted by the FBI, who see them as criminals. They hide in the jungle for 20 years, secluded from the outside war. In the late 1980s, they find out that a secret war is about to start in the US, and decided to return to New York to tell someone about it. What they find when they return is that all of their fellow hippies have become rich yuppies, like everyone else, and that no one wants to save the world anymore -- they just want to buy it. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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They came back after 20 years to find nobody wants to save the world-- They just want to buy it. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 August 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Guatemalan Papers See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,121,542, 20 August 1989, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$3,169,719
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Petra (Julie Hagerty) tells Fred (Eric Roberts) about all the things that he's missed while he was gone, one of the things she mentions is the TV show, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. Louise Lasser, who plays Ronnie, was in fact the star of Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. See more »

Quotes

April Stool: I'm fucking the gardener.
Lloyd Stool: I hate you.
April Stool: I don't care.
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Crazy Credits

Before closing credits: "This picture is dedicated to all the people who care about the planet.

BE GOOD" See more »

Connections

References Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Star Spangled Banner
Written by Francis Scott Key
Performed by Pat Boone
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"Hey man check it out !"
27 August 2015 | by merklekranzSee all my reviews

"Rude awakening" is a creative "fish out of water" scenario, including a talking, pot smoking fish. Eric Roberts and Cheech Marin escape to a South American utopia, avoiding the Vietnam War, but returning twenty years later to help stop another war. Problem is the "Hippie Movement" has moved on to materialistic endeavors. Thus the stage is set for Roberts and Marin trying to adjust to their friends cop out lives. The supporting cast here is excellent, with Julie Hagerty, Louise Lasser, and especially Buck Henry and Cindy Williams as the "Stools". Disillusioned by the apparent lack of interest for their "save the world" cause, Roberts and Marin refuse to give up, and eventually succeed. The movie is a great nostalgia trip for the right audience. - MERK


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