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.
Kenneth Chisholm (email@example.com)
Censorship is a dirty word.
Did You Know?
By the filming of this movie, Dee Snider was the only one of the three musicians who testified before Congress that was still alive to play himself in the film. John Denver had died in a plane crash in 1997, and Frank Zappa died in 1993 of prostate cancer. Their parts were both played by actors, while Snider played his own part. See more
When Tipper Gore is watching Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna Take It" video on MTV, the video footage is from the beginning of the song but the lyrics are from the end of the song. See more
Mr. Snider, what is the name of your fan club?
The SMF Friends of Twisted Sister.
And uh, what does SMF stand for, uh when it's spelled out?
The Sick Mother Fucking Friends of Twisted Sister.
Is this also a Christian group?
I don't believe that profanity has anything to do with Christianity, thank you.
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
We're Not Gonna Take It
Written by Dee Snider
Performed by Twisted Sister
, Dee Snider
, Jason Priestley
, Mariel Hemingway
, Deborah Yates
, Griffin Dunne
, Deborah Jolly
, Tim Guinee
, Lois Chiles
, Richard Dillard
, John S. Davies See more