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American Hardcore (2006)

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The History of American Punk Rock 1980-1986

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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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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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Dolby Digital

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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 »

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References Frankenstein (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

Word Attack
Written by Tony Cadena (as T. Brandenberg) and Rikk Agnew (as R. Agnew)
Performed by Adolescents
© American Lesion (BMI) 1980
Administered by Bug Music
Used by Permission
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Somewhat of a disappointment
27 May 2007 | by philler2See all my reviews

I remember reading a review of American Hardcore in one of the weeklies in Portland. It stated something to the extent that if you know hardcore, you will not learn anything and if you know nothing about hardcore, you won't learn much. I can't agree more.

As someone that has a fair amount of knowledge of the history of the American Hardcore movement, I don't feel like I learned much new about hardcore. And, I have talked to others that know little about hardcore and they had a hard time tracking.

I was also surprised about some of the things that were missing. How could Maximum Rock n' Roll be left out? Maybe the Dead Kennedys were left out because of all the legal stuff going on with them now or maybe because a lot of old punks don't like them now. I know there is only so much room and info someone can squeeze into two hours, but it is hard to see how certain things were left out of it.

I think it was a good attempt. The director should have made a better decision and either make it a movie for someone that knew nothing or a movie for the more advanced viewer. Still, if you are a fan of hardcore or you are perhaps a younger viewer that has some interest in the hardcore punk movement of the early 80's, it is worth renting.


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