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“A somewhat forgotten but simply unforgettable punk rock western, dubbed ‘The Easy Rider of the Eighties’.” – Night Flight

Three New York punks (Jon ‘Duckie’ Cryer, Daniel Roebuck and Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea) decide to move to LA, and drive straight into a cross-country nightmare. Brawling, packing pistols and crossing paths with a sharpshooting cowgirl named Jessie and an Elvis impersonator named Daredelvis, they embark on a bloodthirsty cat-and-mouse game with a redneck gang, led by the scenery-chewing Lee Ving from LA punk band Fear.

Blending action, drama and comedy, Penelope Spheeris’ punk western barely surfaced in cinemas but found a cult audience on VHS. Now, it feels ahead of its time. Not only does it bridge Spheeris’ early cult films and her later studio comedies, it also foreshadowed other subcultural genre mashups, from Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989) to Green Room (2015).

Its soundtrack offers just as much fun as its hallucinatory western flourishes. Highlights include Jane’s Addiction, the Vandals, Faster Pussycat, Megadeth’s cover of These Boots Were Made for Walking, future Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski’s band the Little Kings, and metal guitarist Steve Vai shredding the living hell outta Amazing Grace.

“Its utter weirdness is a virtue, and there’s a playfulness here that charms.” – Not Coming to a Theatre Near You

Tickets

7861
Sat 17 Aug 6:30 pm [7861]
Dudes (90 mins)
Hoyts 6 Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access
Past event
This session is bookable on a pass

To book a wheelchair space or to advise of other access requirements, please contact Box Office on (03) 8660 4898 or email boxoffice@miff.com.au
Key Cast
Billy Ray Sharkey, Daniel Roebuck, Flea, Glenn Withrow, Jon Cryer, Lee Ving, The Vandals
Director
Penelope Spheeris
Producers
Herb Jaffe, Miguel Tajeda-Flores
Screenwriter
J. Randal Johnson
Cinematographer
Robert Richardson
Composer
Charles Bernstein
Editor
Andy Horvitch
Format
Digital
Company Credit
World Sales: Avatar Films

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