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American Hardcore (2006)

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The History of American Punk Rock 1980-1986

Director:

Paul Rachman

Writers:

Steven Blush (book), Steven Blush

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lucky Lehrer Lucky Lehrer ... Himself
Vic Bondi Vic Bondi ... Himself
Joe Keithley Joe Keithley ... Himself (as Joey 'Shithead' Keithley)
Keith Morris ... Himself
Angie Sciarappa Angie Sciarappa ... Herself
Nancy Barile Nancy Barile ... Herself
Mike Watt Mike Watt ... Himself
David Markey David Markey ... Himself (as Dave Markey)
Jordan Schwartz Jordan Schwartz ... Himself
Howard Saunders Howard Saunders ... Himself
Perry Webb Perry Webb ... Himself
Ian MacKaye Ian MacKaye ... Himself
Bobby Steele Bobby Steele ... Himself
Greg Hetson ... Himself
Richard 'Crispy' Crammer Richard 'Crispy' Crammer ... Himself
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Storyline

Inspired by Steven Blush's book "American Hardcore: A tribal history" Paul Rachman's feature documentary debut is a chronicle of the underground hardcore punk years from 1979 to 1986. Interviews and rare live footage from artists such as Black Flag, Bad Brains, Minor Threat, SS Decontrol and the Dead Kennedys. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for pervasive language including sex and drug references | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

American Hardcore: The History of American Punk Rock 1980 - 1986 See more »

Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,102, 24 September 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$278,785, 14 January 2007
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Despite this movie talking about how Reagan's presidency gave inspiration to the whole hardcore punk scene, New York Hardcore Punk band Reagan Youth is nowhere to be heard in this documentary. See more »


Soundtracks

Destroy Babylon
Written by Paul 'H.R.' Hudson (as P. Hudson), Gary 'Dr. Know' Miller (as G. Miller),
Darryl Jenifer (as D. Jenifer), Earl Hudson (as E. Hudson)
Performed by Bad Brains
Caroline/EMI Records
© Bad Brains Publishing (ASCAP) 1982
Used by Permission
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not very good
30 November 2009 | by lastdaaavidSee all my reviews

I am an enormous fan of hardcore, particularly the first wave of bands in the 80s, so I was obviously excited about watching this movie. Unfortunately, I found it to be an enormous let-down. It seems to focus a little too much on anecdotes and overblown comments on 'youthful rebellion' than on the anger, incentive and pragmatism of the scene, which I think it far more admirable and interesting. The comment on the front page before I wrote this said (Iparaphrase): "If you know hardcore you won't learn anything and if you don't know about hardcore you won't lean much". I completely agree. There were some nice moments in this, particularly Mike Watt and Greg Ginn's interviews and some of Ian Mackaye's comments. Of course, a few nice moments (which will only be nice for people interested in hardcore) can't save a documentary like this. I was very disappointed.


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