Citizens Band (1977)



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CB radios provide a human connection between the lives of a collection of varied characters in Jonathan Demme's energizing film that exploits the CB radio craze of the mid-'70s. Chrome Angel (Charles Napier) is a truck driver who has an accident and is laid up recuperating at the home of Hot Coffee (Alix Elias). A road-roaring philanderer, Chrome Angel is a bigamist with a wife, Dallas (Ann Wedgeworth), in Dallas and another wife, Portland (Marcia Rodd), in Portland. The two women converge in a small town where Spider (Paul Le Mat) and his embittered brother Blood (Bruce McGill) are both trying to date Electra (Candy Clark). The characters' CB monikers weave the characters into the same CB waveband, exemplifying the interconnectedness of an American subculture.

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Candy Clark
as Electra
Ann Wedgeworth
as Dallas Angel
Marcia Rodd
as Portland Angel/Connie
Charles Napier
as Chrome Angel/Harold
Alix Elias
as Hot Coffee/Debbie
Roberts Blossom
as Papa Thermadyne/Father
Richard Bright
as Smilin'Jack/Garage Owner
Harry Northrup
as Red Baron
Will Seltzer
as Warlock
Gary Goetzman
as RV Salesman
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Critic Reviews for Citizens Band

All Critics (5)

A vivacious poem of American restlessness

Jul 30, 2012 | Full Review…

This charming film (aka Handle With Care) was a commercial failure, but it holds up well and resonates more strongly when examined vis-a-vis Demme's other communal films, Melvin and Howard and Something Wild.

Oct 10, 2006 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

An engaging and modest movie about how individuals in a small town are drawn together through their CBs.

Jul 15, 2003 | Full Review…

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