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The Truth About De-Evolution (1976)

In the Beginning Was the End: The Truth About De-Evolution (original title)
Several factory workers finish their day at work and get into a car. They drive to a club where they perform the song Secret Agent Man as a rock quartet. A man with a mask of a child named ... See full summary »

Director:

Chuck Statler
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Cast

Credited cast:
Robert Mothersbaugh Sr. Robert Mothersbaugh Sr. ... General Boy (as R.L. Motherbaugh)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gerald V. Casale Gerald V. Casale
Jim Mothersbaugh Jim Mothersbaugh
Mark Mothersbaugh ... Booji Boy / Professor
Robert Mothersbaugh Robert Mothersbaugh
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Storyline

Several factory workers finish their day at work and get into a car. They drive to a club where they perform the song Secret Agent Man as a rock quartet. A man with a mask of a child named Booji Boy runs into a building where his father, a man named General Boy is waiting. Subsequently, a man gives a lecture by song on the subject of devolution. Written by Brian Risselada

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Truth About De-Evolution See more »

Filming Locations:

Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Devo has claimed, occasionally, that the film contains subliminal messages, which allowed it to win at Ann Arbor. See more »

Quotes

General Boy: Come in, Booji Boy. You're late. Have you got the papers the Chinaman gave you?
Booji Boy: Here it is, Dad. Is it a surprise?
General Boy: Yes, Booji. "In the past, this information has been suppressed, but now it can be told. Every man, woman, and mutant on this planet shall know the truth about de-evolution."
Booji Boy: Oh, Dad, we're all DEVO!
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Crazy Credits

Special mention: every devotee & beautiful mutant See more »

Connections

Featured in Casale and Mothersbaugh on 'Island of Lost Souls' (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Jocko Homo
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Written by Mark Mothersbaugh
Performed by Devo
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The Beginning of Devo
26 April 2013 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

Several factory workers finish their day at work and get into a car. They drive to a club where they perform the song "Secret Agent Man" as a rock quartet...

There are two problems with this film: one, it is a bit low quality. And two, it is a bit short. The first can be explained away by not only the budget but also by suggesting anything "devo" would have to be less than perfect. And the second point is covered by saying this was a marketing strategy -- basically a ten minute advertisement. And it worked.

Love them or not, Devo was and remains a hugely influential part of culture. You might say, "but they only made Whip It". And to the general population, that may be all they are ever known for. But the list of great songs is long, not to mention Mark Mothersbaugh's outstanding career as a film composer.


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