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Warning: Parental Advisory (2002)

The story of the 1985 Senatorial hearings to place "Warning: Parental Advisory" labels on music albums with "obscene" lyrics and themes - and the rockers who tried to fight it.

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Mark Waters

Writer:

Jay Martel
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Priestley ... Charlie Burner
Mariel Hemingway ... Tipper Gore
Dee Snider ... Dee Snider
Deborah Yates Deborah Yates ... Pamela Stone
Lois Chiles ... Susan Baker
Tim Guinee ... John Denver
Deborah Jolly ... Shirley
Lee Burns ... Andrew Norris
John S. Davies ... Sen. John Curtis
Griffin Dunne ... Frank Zappa
Jim Beatty Jim Beatty ... Al Gore
Richard Dillard Richard Dillard ... Senator Sam
Gail Cronauer ... Sen. Paula Hawkins
Joe Berryman ... Donald Bean
David Born ... James Baker
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In 1985, Charlie Burner is a hotshot political lobbyist for the music industry pushing for a blank tape tax in Washington DC, only to find himself facing new political headwinds. They come from the Parent Music Resource Center, a lobby group headed by Tipper Gore and several fellow Congressional wives on a self-appointed crusade against what they consider objectionable popular music. Despite Burner's dismissal of this group, the PMRC proves to be a burgeoning new threat to music's freedom of expression and the intellectual avant-guarde musician, Frank Zappa, pushes for him to fight back. Inspired to take a stand with a US Senate hearing scheduled, Burner can only to find three musicians willing to attend in opposition, the provocative Zappa, the outrageous heavy metal star, Dee Snider and the seemingly innocuous folk music legend, John Denver. Together, these disparate musicians would take on the self-righteous crusade against their art with powerful rhetoric no one sees coming. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Censorship is a dirty word.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 April 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

PMRC See more »

Filming Locations:

Houston, Texas, USA See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The Senate hearing room is actually the Houston City Council chambers, located on the second floor at the Houston City Hall building, 901 Bagby, in Houston, Texas. The council members names were digitally erased during filming at City Hall. A brief scene takes place in front of the Sam Houston statue at Hermann Park, which resembles part of Washington, D.C. See more »

Goofs

The end credits state none of Frank Zappa's albums received a Parental Advisory sticker, when in fact "Jazz From Hell" (ironically a purely instrumental album) was tagged with a Parental Advisory warning by the distributor. See more »

Quotes

Al Gore: Mr. Snider, what is the name of your fan club?
Dee Snider: The SMF Friends of Twisted Sister.
Al Gore: And uh, what does SMF stand for, uh when it's spelled out?
Dee Snider: The Sick Mother Fucking Friends of Twisted Sister.
Al Gore: Is this also a Christian group?
Dee Snider: I don't believe that profanity has anything to do with Christianity, thank you.
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Crazy Credits

During the final credits, the movie cuts back and forth between the video for the Twisted Sister song "We're Not Gonna Take It" and shots of the movie's cast and crew dancing and singing along with the song. See more »

Soundtracks

Under the Blade
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Written by Dee Snider
Performed by Joe Berryman
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fun little TV movie
17 September 2004 | by miszelSee all my reviews

Based on fact. A fun and funny account of the PMRC hearings in the 1980's. Priestley plays a lawyer who has to defend the American record industry from a group of overzealous congressmen's wives calling for censorship against music they deem "obscene". He has to bring together a motley crue of rock stars (Frank Zappa, Dee Snider, John Denver) in order to overcome the group of "concerned parents" (headed by almost-first lady Tipper Gore).

It plays out like one of those 50's "sock-hop" movies (ie."Rock around the clock"), where the band of fun-loving duck-tailed rock types must fight the prejudices of small town America in order to let the kids have their fun. Then again that's part of the fun of watching this telefilm: the generation voting to ban metal (among others) in the 80's grew up on the rock of the 50's. Just don't expect any big surprises. The only real problem is that the last act, the congressional hearing itself, seems a bit rushed.

Priestley is fine, Mariel Hemingway is as blandly concerned as the real Tipper, Griffin Dunne is very funny as Zappa, Dee Snider is even funnier as himself, Tim Guinee (is this a pseudonym of Spike Jonze?)plays John Denver OTT.

The film doesn't aspire to be more than it is. A pleasant couple dozen minutes in front of the TV.


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