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Complex World (1991)

Terrorists, political conspiracy, drugs and bad music. Just another night at the Heartbreak hotel.


Jim Wolpaw


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stanley Matis Stanley Matis ... Morris Brock
Margo Dionne Margo Dionne ... Gilda
Allen Oliver Allen Oliver ... Harpo
Daniel von Bargen ... Malcom
Joe Klimek Joe Klimek ... Alex, the Janitor
Jay Charbonneau Jay Charbonneau ... Klem
Dan Welch Dan Welch ... Jeff Burgess
Ernesto Luna Ernesto Luna ... Hotel Waiter
Bob Owczarek Bob Owczarek ... Robert Burgess
Dorothy Gallagher ... Miriam
David P.B. Stephens David P.B. Stephens ... Larry Newman
Rich Lupo Rich Lupo ... The Mayor
Lou Albano ... Boris Lee (as Captain Lou Albano)
Tilman Gandy Jr. Tilman Gandy Jr. ... Tilman Gandy Jr.
Lucinda Dohanian Lucinda Dohanian ... Maggie, the Bartender


The Heartbreak Hotel nightclub in Providence is having a busy night: the owner's politician father is trying to shut the club down, one of the bands is making phone calls to the afterworld, and a pathetic folk-singer/terrorist is planning to make this his night of flaming glory. Includes such musical numbers as "I Married a Tree" and "Why Do We Feed the Broads?" Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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A Rock 'N' Roll Comedy That Will Blow You Away.


Action | Comedy | Musical








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28 February 1992 (USA) See more »

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It's a Complex World See more »

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Tilman Gandy Jr.: Rev. Tilman Gandy Jr.:... all of you bad people will be in fire, burining in hell and I will be laughing at you and so will the rest of us. And you'll look up and say, "Hey, what are you laughing at us for?" You know what will say? God told us to laugh at you!
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Do the Heimlich
Written by The Young Adults
Performed by The Young Adults
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The ultimate stupid-musician movie!
9 June 2004 | by smerdoloneSee all my reviews

First of all, let me say that i was fortunate enough to see this movie in a movie theatre; to add to that,i saw it along with two buddies who are,like me,stupid,lousy guitar-playing musicians.And finally, we were all living in Boston,possibly the ultimate stupid guitar-playing musician town on the planet. On with the film then;A simple "animal house"-like story,where an evil,evil major plans to bomb his son's rock club to climb the polls,and does so by sending in a hit squad of fake "terrorists"; While these try to plant the bomb within the club many stories unfold, from the band members who are gigging there that night to the club goers, the terrorists and so on.Obviously, the whole lot of characters is an unimaginably idiotic one,each more absurd than the previous. Now, while there's a lot of "Phython-like" humour,some of the characters are funny in a trashy kind of way.The "main character"(which is by no means the main character -a thing i believe was invented by Woodie Allen, where other characters are much more present on screen than the main one)can be seen as THE ULTIMATE creep,he's dressed as one and behaves as one, and that's how the story rotates around him, for in fact he tries to warn people of the bomb(in fact he does it on stage with a microphone)but he is so impossible to look at that his warning is not noticed, and so the movie can go on.All the characters are exaggerated in this way,reminding those who see Complex World of kid movies like Bill and Ted or Wayne's World.(even though musicians will like this best, more on that later).It is my guess that if you like old Allen movies, like Try it Again Sam or Grab The Money And Run you will love this unknown little flick without necessarily noticing the best about it; In fact,what makes this movie incredible,and my whole point,is that a whole set of songs by a factious band,"The Young Adults", was made for the film; These, with their lyrics and incredibly-catchy,incredibly-stupid lines will make the day for any and all "stupid,guitar-tooting musician" worth their salt.("I WANNA GET MY PICTURE IN THE MAGAZINES; I WANNA THROW UP IN THE BACK OF A LIMOU-SINE"),or (KILL YOURSELF,dada dada da,KILL YOURSELF,dada dada da da,I CAN'T SEE HOW IT WOULD HURT TO TRY). So, if you too "sometimes feel like a chimp-chimp-chimp-an-zee",go out to your favourite obscure video rental and grab a copy of

(It's A)Complex World, you won't regret it.

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