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The Runaways (2010)

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A coming-of-age biographical film about the 1970s teenage all-girl rock band The Runaways. The relationship between band members Cherie Currie and Joan Jett is also explored.

Director:

Floria Sigismondi

Writers:

Floria Sigismondi (screenplay), Cherie Currie (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kristen Stewart ... Joan Jett
Dakota Fanning ... Cherie Currie
Michael Shannon ... Kim Fowley
Stella Maeve ... Sandy West
Scout Taylor-Compton ... Lita Ford
Alia Shawkat ... Robin
Riley Keough ... Marie Currie
Johnny Lewis ... Scottie
Tatum O'Neal ... Cherie's Mom
Brett Cullen ... Cherie's Dad
Hannah Marks ... Tammy
Jill Andre ... Aunt Evie
Ray Porter Ray Porter ... Band Member
Kiaya Snow Kiaya Snow ... Cashier
Allie Grant ... Club Girl
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Storyline

In 1975, San Fernando Valley teen Joan Larkin reinvents herself as Joan Jett, a guitarist who wants to form an all-girl punk band. She pitches the idea to a sleazy manager, Kim Fowley, who pairs her with a drummer and then searches for a face: he finds Cherie Currie, at age 15, the perfect jailbait image for his purpose; by luck, she can sing. Two others round out the band, The Runaways. Fowley books a tour, signs them to Mercury Records, and packs them off to crowds in Japan. Seeds of conflict sprout early: Fowley puts Cherie front and center in the publicity, she's soon strung out on drugs and vodka, and jealousies arise. Without adult supervision, where can Joan and Cherie end up? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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In rock 'n' roll, there's a first time for everything. Based on a true story. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, drug use and sexual content - all involving teens | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 March 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Neon Angels See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$805,115, 21 March 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,571,735, 30 May 2010
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Each of the Currie sisters married someone in the entertainment field. Cherie Currie married actor Robert Hays, Marie Curie married musician Steve Lukather, and Sondra Currie, a successful actress in her own right, married director/producer Alan J. Levi. See more »

Goofs

When we see Cherie Currie drop the phonograph needle on a vinyl record of David Bowie's 1973 album "Aladdin Sane", the RCA label is black with the company name printed in block letters. Nipper, the dog listening to "His Master's Voice", is pictured on the side. This version of the record label was not introduced until 1977, a year after The Runaways released their first album. The correct RCA label would have been either orange or gold with the company name printed in the block letters they introduced in 1968 and without Nipper who disappeared from the label at that time, not to return until 1977. See more »

Quotes

Joan Jett: Uh, are you Kim Fowley?
Kim Fowley: Lemme guess. You sing in a band. And it's the greatest fucking band in the world. And I'm the luckiest dogfucker because I get to hear it first.
Joan Jett: I'm, uh... I'm Joan Jett. I play guitar. Electric guitar.
Kim Fowley: Joan Jett, that's a cool name. You guys got a demo?
Joan Jett: No... No guys, man. I want to start an all-girl rock band.
Kim Fowley: Really. Well, maybe I am the luckiest dogfucker after all... Sandy! Sandy the drummer, this is Joan Jett. She claims to be some sort of guitar goddess.
Joan Jett: Well, I ...
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Alternate Versions

The UK version removes the glue-sniffing scene in order to obtain a 15 rating (and thus avoid a higher 18 rating). See more »

Connections

Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.8 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

I Love Rock n' Roll
Written by Alan Merrill and Jake Hooker
Performed by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Courtesy of Blackheart Records
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Inappropriate and in your face. The way any movie about The Runaways should be.
20 July 2010 | by lewiskendellSee all my reviews

"You hear that? That's the sound of hormones raging."

The Runaways is at the opposite end of the spectrum from most recent music biopics. Where movies like Ray and Walk the Line aim for emotional resonance and creating a connection between an iconic figure and the audience, The Runaways is about style, dramatics, and looking good. Which is pretty in line with what the band was about. The sobriety of those movies I previously mentioned wouldn't have worked for such a hyper- kinetic story as this one. Sure, the movie slows down a bit when the crash and burn sets in, but the focus on style, sound and imagery is never really replaced by anything else. And I mean that as a compliment. 

Michael Shannon didn't really work for me as Kim Fowley, but the movie wasn't really about him, anyway. The five girls playing the group seemed to have an inappropriate amount of fun with their roles, and who wouldn't? You can't help but be impressed by their performances, they play and act like a real band. But no doubt about it, this is Kristin Stewart's (Joan Jett) and and Dakota Fanning's (Cherie Currie) show. They don't let you forget it. Not many actresses their age would have the talent and the balls to take something like this on. They do it, and do it right. I left the movie with a healthy amount of respect for both of them.     

The entire movie plays out like a music video about all the things you would be mortified of seeing your teenage daughter doing, but of course, would make her cool to do. Which makes sense, as the director (Floria Sigismondi) is best known for directing music videos. The cinematography gleefully sells the same excess, ego, and intoxication that the Runaways' image did. All the band's songs that are woven throughout the movie keep it moving at a super-charged pace. 

You have to tailor the tone of a film to its subject matter, in order for it to be successful. The Runaways is the true(ish), female version of sex, drugs, and rock & roll, and I couldn't help but really enjoy every bawdy and inappropriate minute of it. Get in a Runaways frame of mind, or don't even bother with this one.


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