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SLC Punk! (1998)

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In the early 1980s Stevo and Heroin Bob are the only two dedicated punks in conservative Salt Lake City.

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James Merendino

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James Merendino
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Lillard ... Stevo
Michael A. Goorjian ... Bob (as Michael Goorjian)
Annabeth Gish ... Trish
Jennifer Lien ... Sandy
Christopher McDonald ... Dad
Devon Sawa ... Sean
Jason Segel ... Mike
Adam Pascal ... Eddie
Til Schweiger ... Mark
James Duval ... John the Mod (as Jimmy Duval)
Summer Phoenix ... Brandy
Chiara Barzini ... Jennifer
Kevin Breznahan ... Chris
Christina Karras Christina Karras ... Jamie
Russell Peacock Russell Peacock ... Jones (as Russ Peacock)
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Storyline

Two punks live in Salt Lake City. The film covers their all-day routine. The realism of the character-narrated movie may be discussed. One of the punks gets ill, stays in hospital for three weeks, comes out again. Three parties are covered and one concert including a fight between punks, rednecks and others. Written by Christian Sarnes

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God bless America...they're going to need it.

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Rated R for pervasive language, drug use, violent anti-social behavior and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 April 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

SLC Punk See more »

Filming Locations:

Evanston, Wyoming, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,218, 18 April 1999

Gross USA:

$299,569

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$299,569
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The apocalyptic imagery that appears behind Sandy when she tells Stevo something "beautiful" is a scene from Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). See more »

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At Mark's house, Stevo is wearing a shirt with the cover of Naked Raygun's "Raygun... Naked Raygun" album on it. Naked Raygun was a band in 1985, but "Raygun... Naked Raygun" was their last album, and would not be released until 1990. See more »

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Stevo: There were quite a few punks in the SLC back in '85, but there were equally as many posers. Posers were kids who would dress and act like punks but they did it for fashion. They were fools! They'd say shit like...
Poser: Anarchy in the U.K.!
Stevo: See what I mean? Posers. "Anarchy in the U.K." What the fuck's that? It was a Sex Pistols thing. That's where they were from, they were British! They were allowed to go on about anarchy in the U.K. but what does that mean to us in Utah, America? That's all you ...
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Connections

Followed by Punk's Dead: SLC Punk 2 (2016) See more »

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Champaign Breakfast
Performed & Written by John Sbarra
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Published by Jim Long Music (ASCAP)
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Excellent quirky slice o life
27 January 2001 | by Miles-10See all my reviews

I did not expect much from this movie and was pleasantly surprised, and having been to Salt Lake City a few times, I was particularly amused. I was there in 1980, at the outset of the decade in which the movie takes place. That visit turned out to be the one and only time I set foot in a disco club. It is a good thing I didn't run into Stevo and Bob, the twin protagonists of "SLC Punk!" They would have kicked my butt because they hate mods, hippies and rednecks. Whether or not to pound on a disco-goer wouldn't even be a question. At one point, Bob asks a British punk band's lead singer why he would never come back to SLC. "Too bleeding violent," says the bruised singer. "Thank you!" says Bob.

Stevo and Bob are anarchists. Not philosophical anarchists like Kropotkin, Goodman and Goldman (Peter, Paul and Emma), but more like Leon Czolgosz, the guy who assassinated President William McKinley. Except Czolgosz had more direction in his life. Aside from throwing darts at pictures of President Ronald Reagan, Stevo and Bob just get drunk and high. Correction, only Stevo smokes grass while "Heroin" Bob is ironically nicknamed because he is afraid of needles and anything stronger than booze.

The story is picaresque in both senses of the term: it is about a couple of semi-likeable rogues, and it is less a story than a series of vignettes. I thought that each vignette more or less stood on its own, but there is something of an overarching theme, too. These young men grow up physically if not emotionally. Though angry and feeling not a little betrayed by society, they can't be Salt Lake City punks for the rest of their lives, or can they? The narrator, Stevo, is haunted by the fear that he or Bob or both of them might be the worst thing there is: a poser, a phony punk.

This movie also features one of my favorite under-rated actresses, Annabeth Gish, as Trish who runs a head shop. Bob sells himself to her for thirty-six dollars. As decadent as that might seem, there turns out to be something sweet about it, much to Stevo's disgust!

Like wearing a blue-green mohawk, "SLC Punk!" might not be for everyone, but I mainly enjoyed it. My favorite scene is the one in which Stevo's parents sit him down and try to get him to go to Harvard. What a scathing satire on my self-righteous and self-satisfied boomer generation!


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