Rebel Highway (1994– )
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Shake, Rattle and Rock! 

Spunky teenager Susan and her friends start their own rock band as well as open a night club. However, they face opposition from local uptight adults who consider rock'n'roll to be the ... See full summary »

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Allan Arkush
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Renée Zellweger ... Susan Doyle (as Renee Zellweger)
Howie Mandel ... Danny Klay
Patricia Childress Patricia Childress ... Cookie
Max Perlich ... Tony Fazio
Latanyia Baldwin Latanyia Baldwin ... Sireena Cooper
Necia Bray Necia Bray ... The Sirens
Josina Elder Josina Elder ... The Sirens
Wendi Williams Wendi Williams ... The Sirens
Gerrit Graham ... Lipsky
John Doe ... Lucky Mullins
James Intveld ... Bubber
Riki Rachtman ... Eddie Cochran
Danny Boy Danny Boy ... Cochran's Drummer Boy
Nora Dunn ... Margo Doyle
Mary Woronov ... E. Joyce Togar
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Spunky teenager Susan and her friends start their own rock band as well as open a night club. However, they face opposition from local uptight adults who consider rock'n'roll to be the devil's music and think that it will have a negative corrupting influence on their children. Written by Woodyanders

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26 August 1994 (USA) See more »

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Trivia

The line "we're desperate, get used to it," heard twice, is a reference to the song "We're Desperate" by John Doe's band X. See more »

Quotes

Margo Doyle: They have negroes on that show, Frank. They let negroes sing in front of all those white children.
Susan: Hey, you have Ella Fitzgerald records.
Margo Doyle: But I would never go see her in person.
Susan: Agh!
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Crazy Credits

Susan is seen dancing around her room during the opening credits. This is played backwards during the closing credits. See more »

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References The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

Ain't that a Shame
Written by Fats Domino (as Antoine Domino) and David Bartholomew (as Dave Bartholomew)
Published by EMI Unart Catalog, Inc. (BMI)
Performed by Fats Domino
Courtesy of EMI Records USA, a division of ERG
under license from CEMA Special Markets
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Fun Homage to the 50s
5 September 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Shake, Rattle and Rock! (1994)

*** (out of 4)

Fun, partial remake of the 1956 AIP film has a group of parents trying to get rock and roll music banned and especially after a TV personality (Howie Mandel) shows a group of black women singing. Teenagers Susan (Renee Zellweger) and Cookie (Patricia Childress) try to teach the small town that there's nothing wrong with rock or people of a different race. To date, of all the films I've watched from Showtime's Rebels Highway series, this one here does the best job at capturing the spirit and feel of those 1950's films that these were remakes of. Director Allan Arkush does an extremely good job at building up the atmosphere that was front and center to so many of those AIP rock 'n roll films and that's the fact that parents were simply wrong that the music was going to make their kids act crazy. This one here certainly seems to have been influenced by those old rock and roll movies but there's also a touch of HAIRSPRAY going on here but I think the mix made for a pretty entertaining time. On a visual level I thought the producers did a very good job at making the setting look like the 1950s and this is especially true with their music selections as well as the television show where kids are shown dancing and having a good time. Another major plus are the fun performances from the entire cast and this includes the pre-fame Zellweger who is charming in her part. Mandel is also extremely good in his part of the TV host and it appears he's having a blast. The supporting cast features nice work from all but it was great fun seeing Dick Miller, P.J. Soles and Stephen Furst of NATIONAL LAMPOON'S ANIMAL HOUSE fame. The racial situations are never looked at in a serious manor but I think the film as a whole is pretty entertaining. It's certainly not ground-breaking but for a "B" movie it's entertaining and that's what is important.


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