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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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It's 1975 and they're about to explode. 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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Jennifer Stone also auditioned for the role of Joan Jett. Though she lost the role to Kristen Stewart, she later had nothing but praise for her, insisting that Stewart was perfect for the role. See more »

Goofs

At the end, it's implied that Joan Jett wrote "I Love Rock 'n' Roll". However, the song was written by 'Gary Merrill' and Jake Hooker. See more »

Quotes

Lita Ford: [throws magazines at Cherie] What is this?
Cherie Currie: What's your problem?
Lita Ford: What's your fucking problem?
Joan Jett: Lita, that is cool.
Lita Ford: It's not cool! Did you know about this?
Cherie Currie: Kim sent them over. They just showed up at my house with cameras. What was I supposed to say?
Joan Jett: Well, you could say no. You could say "I'm a singer in a band, not Linda fucking Lovelace." Look at this! When did you do this? This is exactly what Kim wants. He's gonna be really happy! But this is all they're gonna say about us! Do you think ...
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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 »


Soundtracks

Bad Reputation
Written by Joan Jett, Kenny Laguna, Ritchie Cordell and Marty Kupersmith
Performed by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Courtesy of Blackheart Records
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9 July 2011 | by wvisser-leusdenSee all my reviews

Oh yes, 'The Runaways' is a good movie. Also for those who aren't aware that it's about the first all-female group in history of rock.

The plot narrows itself down to Kim Fowley (manager), Cherie Currie (lead singer) and Joan Jett (rythm-guitarist). Which is not wrong, but makes that you miss out on a lot of other interesting historical facts about this great Californian rock-band.

About lead-guitarist Lita Ford, for instance. She and Jett were the only band-members able to continue their career in rock-music after the Runaways split up.

About bass-player Jackie Fox, who left the band out of frustration for getting badly paid. Fox became a lawyer in the American music business instead.

The great thing about the Runaways is the magnificent cooperation between their two renowned guitarists Joan Jett and Lita Ford. Between Jett's earsplitting rhythms and Ford's virtuoso lead. This cooperation really earned 'The Runaways' a place in rock history.

Further 'The Runaways' were the first all-female rock-group at a time when people didn't even think about such a thing. And they also played their rock in a period when pop-music's trend was very soft, greatly influenced by 'The Eagles'.

By the way, this film hardly contains any 'Runaways'-music. For this you'd better turn to internet or to a CD. To 'The Runaways live in Japan', for instance, a CD recording their live-concert from 1977 in Japan. At that time 'The Runaways' peaked in a country where they were hugely popular.


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