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SLC Punk! (1998)

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In the early 1980s Stevo and Heroin Bob are the only two dedicated punks in conservative Salt Lake City.

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James Merendino

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James Merendino
2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Lillard ... Stevo
Michael A. Goorjian ... Bob (as Michael Goorjian)
Annabeth Gish ... Trish
Jennifer Lien ... Sandy
Christopher McDonald ... Dad
Devon Sawa ... Sean
Jason Segel ... Mike
Adam Pascal ... Eddie
Til Schweiger ... Mark
James Duval ... John the Mod (as Jimmy Duval)
Summer Phoenix ... Brandy
Chiara Barzini ... Jennifer
Kevin Breznahan ... Chris
Christina Karras Christina Karras ... Jamie
Russell Peacock Russell Peacock ... Jones (as Russ Peacock)
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Storyline

Two punks live in Salt Lake City. The film covers their all-day routine. The realism of the character-narrated movie may be discussed. One of the punks gets ill, stays in hospital for three weeks, comes out again. Three parties are covered and one concert including a fight between punks, rednecks and others. Written by Christian Sarnes

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God bless America...they're going to need it.

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Rated R for pervasive language, drug use, violent anti-social behavior and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 April 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

SLC Punk See more »

Filming Locations:

Evanston, Wyoming, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,218, 18 April 1999

Gross USA:

$299,569

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$299,569
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Matthew Lillard's character, Stevo was originally to have bleached blond hair. However, when getting the bleach job, the peroxide burned Lillard's scalp, leaving a hideous mess. Dying his hair blue was a way of hiding it. See more »

Goofs

When Heroin Bob is in the doctor's office to have his hand examined, his ring is on his middle finger, but on the X-ray (visible behind him) it is on his ring finger. See more »

Quotes

Stevo: I love you guys, don't get me wrong. But for the first time in my life I'm eighteen and I can say fuuuuck youuu.
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References The Shining (1980) See more »

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The Trees
Performed by Rush
Written by Geddy Lee (as Lee) / Alex Lifeson (as Lifeson) / Neil Peart (as Peart)
Courtesy of and © 1978 Mercury Records
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Music & Anthem Entertainment Group
Published by Core Music Publishing (SOCAN)
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MUCH better than the box says
17 November 2001 | by votequentinSee all my reviews

If you pick this up at the video store, you'll probably expect the wrong thing: kind of a goofy, teen-oriented, mock angst trip by a couple of overdone punks through Salt Lake City's holy land. That's not even close to the heart of this film, which is smarter and more vital than most.

Essentially a monologue by the main character, Steve or Steve-o, SLC Punk starts, ends, and runs with energy and insight, all without the ponderous pronouncements you'll find in most films focused on one character. The central character and his interesting entourage are not the caricatures you see on the box, they're the genuine, multi-dimensional people you went to school with if you were lucky.

The visuals are savvy and professional, opening up what could be a stage show to the wider world. A classic experimental 3-D pan shot done with over a hundred one-shot cameras would be hailed as groundbreaking, had this film not been released concurrently with The Matrix.

Film hounds will catch the theme and scene parallels with Easy Rider, particularly a drug trip much richer than the exaggerated freak out in that film.

Funny, smart, immediately engaging, dangerous, and often more textured and subtle than it appears at first glance, you will understand why SLC Punk (released by Sony Pictures Classics) has such a loyal following.

This is the film I wish Kevin Smith had made instead of Clerks. Yes, that's a compliment for Smith, who admits he has grown a lot as a filmmaker, and a mild slam on Clerks, which was what it was -- interesting characters wrapped in a poorly done film.


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