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Detroit Rock City (1999)

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In 1978, four rebellious teenagers try to scam their way into a KISS concert.

Director:

Adam Rifkin

Writer:

Carl V. Dupré
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Giuseppe Andrews ... Lex
James DeBello ... Trip (as James De Bello)
Edward Furlong ... Hawk
Sam Huntington ... Jam
Lin Shaye ... Mrs. Bruce
Melanie Lynskey ... Beth
Natasha Lyonne ... Christine
Miles Dougal Miles Dougal ... Elvis
Nick Scotti ... Kenny
Emmanuelle Chriqui ... Barbara
David Quane ... Bobby
Rodger Barton Rodger Barton ... Mr. Bumsteen
Kathryn Haggis Kathryn Haggis ... Mrs. Bumsteen
David Gardner David Gardner ... Priest
Shannon Tweed ... Amanda Finch
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Storyline

Four members of a high school band called Mystery do everything they can to attend a KISS concert in Detroit. In order to make it to the show they must steal, cheat, strip, deal with an anti-rock mom and generally do whatever it takes to see the band that has inspired them to be musicians. Written by an Urban Achiever

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In October of 1978, 4 high school students disappeared outside Detroit, Michigan. 20 years later, their footage was found. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language, drug use and sex-related content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 August 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Kiss Movie See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,005,512, 15 August 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$4,217,115
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Adam Rifkin: [Blump's] Rifkin uses products and services using the Blump's name in each film. This first appeared in The Dark Backward so as to not have any current-day products in the film (to impart a sense of timelessness). Numerous items in The Dark Backward were products of "Blump's Industries", which was invented for the film. See more »

Goofs

In the concert scene, when Jam jumps up to catch Peter Criss's drumstick, he already has one of his drumsticks in his right hand. However, when he catches Peter's, he catches it with his right hand. See more »

Quotes

Lex: [Guido's car is ramming the Volvo] *The paint!*
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Crazy Credits

The end credits go from orange-red to blue See more »

Alternate Versions

The DVD edition of the film retains more footage not seen in theaters. These scenes are:
  • A longer scene in the car when Lin Shaye and Sam Huntington are driving to St. Bernards Academy.
  • Longer scene on the highway which Natasha Lyonne and her clan is introduced. It runs about 3-5 minutes longer.
  • A longer scene of the opening to which the four boys are singing "Rock N Roll All Nite"
  • Longer confessional scene with Melanie Lynski and Sam Huntington.
  • Longer scene with "Elvis", the custodian.
  • Longer scene with Shannon Tweed and Edward Furlong.
  • At least four alternate takes of the final concert scene.
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Connections

Referenced in RuPaul's Drag Race: M.A.C/Viva Glam Challenge (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Gun
Written by Paul Stanley
Performed by KISS
Courtesy of Mercury Records
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets
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4 kids do ANYTHING for KISS tickets in 1978
6 January 2000 | by feydeSee all my reviews

Hilarious...not a brainy or brilliant picture but it carries some off-the-wall moments that make it all worthwhile. The dialogue is unflinchingly crude and certain scenes will just catch you off-guard...definately worth your time. Don't worry if you aren't into KISS...it's more about their journey TO the concert.


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