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What We Do Is Secret (2007)

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A biopic of punk legend Darby Crash and his band, the Germs.

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Rodger Grossman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shane West ... Darby Crash
Rick Gonzalez ... Pat Smear
Bijou Phillips ... Lorna Doom
Noah Segan ... Don Bolles
Tina Majorino ... Michelle
Katharine Leonard ... Jena
Rachael Santhon ... Malissa
Ashton Holmes ... Rob Henley
Keir O'Donnell ... Chris Ashford
Lauren German ... Belinda
Sebastian Roché ... Claude 'Kickboy Face' Bessey
Amy Halloran ... Becky
Missy Doty ... Amber
Ray Park ... Brendan Mullen
Azura Skye ... Casey Cola
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A biopic of punk legend Darby Crash and his band, the Germs.

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Genres:

Biography | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug use, language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 August 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

То что мы делаем - тайна See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,888, 10 August 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$58,776, 17 October 2008
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the scene at The Whisky, the gig is seen as becoming a full on riot without The Germs even playing a song, when in actuality, The Germs did indeed play a full set that night, as evidenced in the "Caught In My Eye" home video. The date of the show in the movie was also incorrect, being labeled as having taken place on December 23, 1979. In truth, the show took place a day earlier, as presented on a flyer of the event. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the film, Pat is seen watching a news report of John Lennon's death, which is intercut with scenes of Darby preparing to OD. Darby died almost a whole day before Lennon's assassination. See more »

Quotes

Darby Crash: Everything works in circles. Like sometimes you're doing something, and a year later you're back at the same point. You understand that? So circle one, is what we're doing now, and someday we'll probably do circle two.
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Soundtracks

You Drive me Nervous
Written by Alice Cooper (uncredited), Michael Bruce (uncredited) and Robert Ezrin (uncredited)
Performed By Alice Cooper
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Waste
11 January 2009 | by mugwugSee all my reviews

This coulda been good but it was pretty awful. Bad acting by most of the cast, poor direction and the sound was crappy (although the crowd noises during the concert scenes sounded real). I am not a fan of the Germs and although I do respect what they tried to do but this seemed like a whole lot of nothing. If this was an accurate portrayal of Darby Crash I do not think he is deserving of a biopic that makes him out to be an original innovator. He was a Iggy Pop wannabe and then an Adam Ant poser. It was embarrassing; I could not wait for him to OD so the film would be over. The majority of the songs performed in concert were awful.

Hope one day someone does a good film about the West Coast Punk scene. Maybe a film about SST records and the bands who recorded for them would be good.


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