|DUDES (director: Penelope Spheeris; screenwriter: J. Randal Johnson; cinematographer: Robert Richardson; editor: Andy Horvvitch; music: Charles Bernstein; cast: Jon Cryer (Grant), Daniel Roebuck (Biscuit), Catherine Mary Stewart ( Jessie), Lee Ving (Missoula), Flea (Milo), Bill Ray Sharkey (Blix), Glenn Withrow (Wes), Pete Willcox (Daredevil Elvis), Pamela Gidley (Elyse), Marc Rude (Sonny); Runtime: 90; MPAA Rating: R; producers: Herb Jaffe/Miguel Tejada-Flores ; Live Home Video; 1987)|
violent clash between cultures makes for absurdist
adolescent drama, but it's
weirdly entertaining. Go figure!"
by Dennis Schwartz
off-beat road adventure comedy directed by Penelope
Spheeris ("The Decline of
World") and written by J. Randal Johnson.
It has some Easy Rider vibes going for it.
punk rockers from Queens– Milo (Flea,
later became the bassist with the Red Hot
Chili Peppers), Grant (Jon
Cryer), dressed as a cowboy, and Biscuit (Daniel
Roebuck), dressed as a Mowhawk–travel
cross country to Hollywood in their
Volkswagen looking for excitement and a fresh start.
In Utah, they get attacked by rednecks while camping
out in the desert and for his strange looks Milo is
killed by the sneering hateful biker gang leader Missoula (Lee
Ving). The surviving rockers get help in avenging
their friend's death from the spunky gas station
gun-toting gal named Jessie (Catherine
Mary Stewart), a Daredevil Elvis
impersonator (Pete Willcox)
and a ghostly cowboy.
loud heavy metal soundtrack is guaranteed to keep you
The violent clash between cultures makes for absurdist adolescent drama, but it's weirdly entertaining. Go figure!
REVIEWED ON 4/19/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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