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Six-String Samurai (1998)

In the post-apocalyptic world of 1960s Nevada, a rock 'n' roll samurai on his way to Lost Vegas takes a young orphan boy under his protection as Death and his metalhead Horsemen chase after them.

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Lance Mungia
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeffrey Falcon ... Buddy
Justin McGuire ... The Kid
Kim De Angelo Kim De Angelo ... Mother
Stephane Gauger Stephane Gauger ... Death
Clifford Hugo Clifford Hugo ... Psycho
Oleg Bernov Oleg Bernov ... Red Elvis
Igor Yuzov Igor Yuzov ... Red Elvis
Zhenya Kolykhanov Zhenya Kolykhanov ... Red Elvis
George L. Casillas George L. Casillas ... Mariachi / Campfire Cast: Archer (#64)
Avi Sills Avi Sills ... Red Elvis
Monti Ellison Monti Ellison ... Head Pin Pal
Kareem Kareem ... Bowler #2 / Campfire Cast: Other Actor (#76)
Richard McGuire Richard McGuire ... Cantina owner
Paul Szopa Paul Szopa ... Bowler #3 / Campfire Cast: Other Actor (#77)
Jefferson Wagner Jefferson Wagner ... Car Guy (as Zuma Jay)
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Storyline

A mysterious and powerful hero of the classic kind, Buddy is as skilled with his guitar as he is with his samurai sword. Thrown together with a kid whom he saves in a spectacular battle, the two of them must now escape their enemies and reach "Lost Vegas," the rock 'n' roll capital of this future world. Written by <Rama@manga.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for martial arts and swordfight violence | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Palm Pictures

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Blade See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,896, 20 September 1998

Gross USA:

$146,125

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$146,125
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The 'tiger claw' Soviet soldier towards the end of the film is Jeffrey Falcon's brother Noel. See more »

Goofs

When the Ritchie Valens character charges Buddy his shoes fall off very obviously, but they are suddenly back on his feet in the very next shot. See more »

Quotes

Buddy: Who are you?
Death: Death,
Buddy: Cool!
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Crazy Credits

Voice-over at end of credits: "That's a wrap, baby!" See more »

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Spoofs Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) See more »

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Kurosawa meets Rockabilly
13 October 2006 | by that_keithSee all my reviews

First, the bad stuff. The film will not appeal to people who can't deal with camp, with pure Lynch-like strangeness, or people who demand a big budget production.

However, those who are willing to give an oddball film a chance will find this to be a real gem of an indie flick. Imagine if you will Buddy Holly, Mad Max, and Jet Li bundled into one character, fighting across a desolate warped postapocalyptic Nevada. The dynamics in the movie are all about conflict... Rock & Roll against Metal, Communism against Capitalism, bravery versus despair. Mix that in with "Weird West" touches, demented nuclear families, and warriors who duel with both blade and guitar. There is even a hint of the manga, "Lone Wolf and Cub" thrown in. That and some excellent Russian-influenced rockabilly.

Some of the scenes fall flat, sure... but few movies try to reach for such imaginative and demented heights... and few succeed to this extend on a shoestring budget. Despite its shortcomings, the action sequences are exciting and well-done, and one really sees an American Apocalypse which never was -- but in some ways happened, in our heads, at least.


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