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Dudes (1987)





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Penelope Spheeris, director of the infamous documentary The Decline of Western Civilization may well have given the world its first punk-rock Western in the form of Dudes, a sort of Suburbia meets High Noon meets Deliverance. Three East Coast punks (Jon Cryer, Daniel Roebuck, and Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers) opt to leave behind the filth and gloom of New York City to become modern-day pioneers on the trail to California; that is, until a gang of redneck road warrior-types led by Lee Ving (of the punk band Fear) waylay the trio and kill Flea in a fashion brutal enough to justify the inevitable retribution. After their pleas to the local sheriff fall on deaf ears, Cryer and Roebuck decide instead to follow the law of the West and serve their own brand of justice as what appear to be a bondage-oriented cowboy and a squirrel on steroids. While the plot seems contrived and asinine, the violence often gratuitous, and the characters paper-thin, Spheeris nonetheless manages to create a likeable and highly watchable -- if often silly -- film. Cryer and Roebuck do the best they can with the material, Ving plays an adequately loathsome villain, and Flea lends a glimpse of his acting ability by offering a convincing portrayal of a dead body. Nowhere near being the time capsule that is The Decline of Western Civilization, Dudes still offers some insight into the punk subculture of the '80s. Spheeris later directed the hugely successful Wayne's World as well as The Decline of Western Civilization II: The Metal Years.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Ed Solomon, John Randal Johnson, Chris Matheson, Miguel Tejada-Flores
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Jon Cryer
as Grant
as Milo
Catherine Mary Stewa...
as Jessie, Gas Station...
Lee Ving
as Missoula, Thief Gang...
Marc Rude
as Sonny
Calvin Bartlett
as Witherspoon
Pete Willcox
as Daredelvis
Vance Colvig
as Hezekiah
Ancel Cook
as Rhatigan
Red Wing
as Laughing Bear
Christina Beck
as Missoula's Girl
Molly Matthiesen
as Blix's Girl
Read Morgan
as Stoddard
Leland Sun
as Chinese Waiter
Tiny Wells
as McGrorty
Peter Kent
as Road Warrior
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All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | April 11, 2001
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The violent clash between cultures makes for absurdist adolescent drama, but it's weirdly entertaining. Go figure!

Full Review… | April 22, 2015
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

August 7, 2005

Audience Reviews for Dudes


I love this movie, another underrated film from the 1980s. Jon Cryer and Daniel Roebuck star as Punkers who's friend is is killed and go after their friend. Catherine Mary Stewart is so awesome, she is great in any film, loved her in "The Last Starfighter" and "Night of the Comet".

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