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Under the Hula Moon (1995)

In the desert outside Cactus Gulch, Arizona, Buzzard and Betty Jean Wall live in a trailer decorated in Hawaiian themes. Betty's trying to get pregnant. Buzz wants to market "Cammo," a sun ... See full summary »

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Jeff Celentano

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Jeff Celentano, Greg Webb (as Gregory Webb)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Baldwin ... Buzzard Wall
Emily Lloyd ... Betty Wall
Chris Penn ... Turk Dickson
Musetta Vander ... Maya Gundinger
Pruitt Taylor Vince ... Bob
Edie McClurg ... Dolly
Robert Madrid ... Juan
James Staszkiel James Staszkiel ... Trucker (as James Staskel)
Carel Struycken ... Clyde
Ray Bumatai Ray Bumatai ... King
Tina Naughton Tina Naughton ... News Reporter
Debra Christofferson ... Kim Jones
Billy Campbell ... Marvin (as Bill Campbell)
Molly McClure ... Grandmother
Deep Roy ... Bus Driver
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In the desert outside Cactus Gulch, Arizona, Buzzard and Betty Jean Wall live in a trailer decorated in Hawaiian themes. Betty's trying to get pregnant. Buzz wants to market "Cammo," a sun block lotion that looks like camouflage; but financing is tough to find and Betty thinks he should get a real job. Buzz's half-brother Turkey, a murderous psychopath, escapes from jail, comes to the trailer, ties up Buzz, kidnaps Betty, steals $10,000 they've just won from Publisher's Clearing Hut's Lucky Loser drawing, and heads for Mexico. Buzz is untied by Maya, an ex-girlfriend who's now a TV reporter in search of a story. They pick up Turk's trail and set out to rescue Betty. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Their road to Paradise just took a turn for the worst! See more »

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Rated R for violence, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eisitirio gia ton Paradeiso See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Betty Wall: Stop wasting water!
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So Bad It's Hard To Believe It's Really Happening
10 July 2005 | by sexytailSee all my reviews

The beginning of the 90s brought many "quirky" and "off-beat" independent films, a particular sub-genre of which is the semi-spiritual desert crime movie. Others of note are "Wild at Heart", "From Dusk Til Dawn", and to a certain extent "Natural Born Killers". Good films like those spawned junk like "Highway 666", "Destiny Turns on the Radio" and this ineptly surreal anti-masterpiece "Under The Hula Moon". It's a comedy that aims for a certain emotional tone, attains it, but keeps going to the point of irritation. While the pursuit across the spirit-world of the desert and the casting of Chris Penn are good ideas, the film is not dirty enough or hard enough to be a good crime movie, and isn't focused enough on laughs to really be a comedy. I won't blow the ending, but let's just say it's bad. The film is basically a bad side effect of genre-cancer. This is the dregs of indie-mania.


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