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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 ... Elvis
Nick Scotti ... Kenny
Emmanuelle Chriqui ... Barbara
David Quane 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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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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They came. They saw. They rocked. 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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Trivia

The KISS pinball machine you see in the 'Smiley Mart' grocery store was provided by a local KISS fan as stated by director Adam Rifkin on the commentary track. See more »

Goofs

In the garage scene at the start of the movie, Trip is seen playing a guitar that was not released until 1996. See more »

Quotes

Jam: And, and call me Jam. It's my band name.
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Crazy Credits

After the credits are over, two kids from a previous scene come on screen and say, "We don't have any KISS tickets." "Yeah, KISS sucks!" 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

References Charlie's Angels (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Whole Lotta Rosie
Written by Malcolm Young, Angus Young and Bon Scott (as Bon Scott)
Performed by AC/DC
Courtesy of EastWest Records America/Leidseplein Presse B.V.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Hilarious, and Not Just For Kiss Fans
1 December 2006 | by MetalGeekSee all my reviews

I was a huge KISS fan for much of my teenage life (finally seeing the original band on their 1996 Reunion Tour was one of the highlights of my life, as I was too young to witness them in their '70s heyday), so DETROIT ROCK CITY was mandatory viewing for me when it first hit video. I would've loved to have seen it during its short theatrical run, but sadly, this overlooked movie tanked at the box office and disappeared within a week of its release, which astounds me to this day, because even if you're not a KISS fan, any rock and roller past or present should be able to relate to this story of musical fanaticism, no matter what band(s) you might be into.

The film does share many similarities to an earlier classic, 1979's ROCK N ROLL HIGH SCHOOL (starring the Ramones), but thanks to the more liberal time period in which it was made, DETROIT ROCK CITY is a lot more foul-mouthed and raunchier, which may have cost the producers a PG-13 rating, but it just fine by me... after all, real high school kids don't say "darn" and "heck," they spew the F-Word liberally into every sentence! Anyway, our story revolves around four high school misfits circa 1978 whose main goal in life (other than playing bad covers of KISS songs in their basement rec room) is to finally see KISS live in concert at Detroit's Cobo Hall arena. When one boy's fundamentalist Mom discovers the "demonic" concert tickets in her son's jacket and burns them, it sets the four friends on a quest to figure out how to get into the concert at all costs, and they set a hilarious series of misadventures in motion along the way. In no particular order, the boys run afoul of a gang of disco-loving toughs on the highway, get mixed up in the middle of a convenience store robbery (thwarted by a Stretch Armstrong doll!), take the stage in a male strip joint to win money for tickets, get their car towed from the mean streets of Detroit, and rescue one of their own from a Christian boy's school. The film's eye candy quotient is filled very nicely by a cameo from Shannon Tweed (real-life companion of Kiss' Gene Simmons), and there's even a tender moment of teenage romance as one boy loses his virginity (in a church's confessional no less!). All this madness is set to an irresistible hard-rockin' soundtrack that features not only Kiss but other 70s titans like Blue Oyster Cult and Ted Nugent. Do the boys finally make it to Cobo Hall to see their heroes? I don't want to spoil it for those who haven't seen it yet, therefore I highly recommend that you check out this overlooked comedy gem. DETROIT ROCK CITY is a hysterical trip down memory lane for anyone who's ever cranked up their favorite song extremely LOUD...and as Kiss themselves once said, if it's too loud,you're too old. Thankfully I'm not too old to enjoy this movie!!


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

13 August 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

$34,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,005,512, 15 August 1999

Gross USA:

$4,217,115

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,217,115
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2.39 : 1
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