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Detroit rock city

Threat advisory: High - High risk of entertaining activities

Movie propaganda

Kiss the rules goodbye.

It's 1978, Kiss are playing in Detroit rock city. This is your ticket. But you'd better hold on to it. Jam, Hawk, Lex and Trip (Edward Furlong, Giuseppe Andrews, Sam Huntington and James de Bello) have just had theirs snatched and burned by Jam's crazy mother who swears that Kiss are the work of the Devil. It's the third year in a row that the guys will miss out on the hottest rock band in the world and they are really, really pissed off.

So pissed off that they're going to do everything to get there - from crashing cars to stripping in front of hundreds of desperate women to taking out an armed robber - even drugging a priest. All they want is to rock and roll all night and party every day - and they're going to start now!

Persons of interest

  • Giuseppe Andrews .... Lex
  • James DeBello .... Trip Hurudie
  • Edward Furlong .... Hawk
  • Sam Huntington .... Jeremiah "Jam" Bruce
  • Lin Shaye .... Mrs Bruce
  • Melanie Lynskey .... Beth Bumsteen
  • Natasha Lyonne .... Christine
  • Miles Dougal .... Elvis
  • Nick Scotti .... Kenny
  • Emmanuelle Chriqui .... Barbara
  • David Quane .... Bobby
  • Rodger Barton .... Mr Stewart Bumsteen
  • Kathryn Haggis .... Mrs Stewart Bumsteen
  • Shannon Tweed .... Amanda Finch
  • Joe Flaherty .... Father Phillip McNulty
  • Matthew G Taylor .... Chongo
  • Carl V Dupré .... Screenwriter
  • Adam Rifkin .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Rock and roll devil music.

And teen-boy-high-school-virginity-basement-band-reefer-addicts. Cool!

The good bits: hard-core Kiss wannabes living the times: disco sux, rock and roll is the work of Satan, boys want sex, etc. Remember your teen years? Yeehar!

The bad bits: no four teenagers could all get that lucky on the same night in the same city.

Detroit rock city is less about drama and growth as it is about someone's slightly hazed memories of the mid-70s when disco was pumping, punk was resurfacing and rock was ruling. The story's a bit of a mish-mash but that doesn't really matter: You aren't going to watch this film for a history lesson but for the sheer entertainment value. It's a ride on a roller coaster, not a train trip to Melbourne.

The presentation is incredibly funny: slapstick, gross-out, clever and gaggy. The music is awesome, the settings are pure 70s trash and the opening scene deals to The Carpenters like anorexia never did.

Go see it if you remember the 70s. Or even if you can't.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Commentaries: Adam and Kiss
  • Cutting room floor: multi-angle Detroit rock city Kiss concert; Deleted scenes
  • Behind-the-scenes
  • Music videos:
    • Strutter by The Donnas
    • The boys are back in town by Everclear
  • Trailer: Theatrical
  • Cast and crew biographies
  • Dolby Digital 5.1 surround
  • Dolby 2.0 surround
  • Subtitles: English

Security censorship classification

MA 15+ (Drug use, medium level coarse language)

Surveillance time

91 minutes (1:31 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

DVD rental: 4 December 2000

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