Roadside Prophets (1992) - Rotten Tomatoes

Roadside Prophets (1992)




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Screenwriter/electrician Abbe Wool makes her directorial debut with the offbeat road movie Roadside Prophets. Brooding factory worker Joe (X front man John Doe) takes a road trip in order to scatter the ashes of his co-worker Dave Coleman (David Anthony Marshall). Riding his vintage Harley Davidson, Joe leaves Los Angeles and heads for a small Nevada town called El Dorado to fulfill Dave's final wish. His journey is complicated by a small fry named Sam (the Beastie Boys' Adam Horovitz), a wannabe biker who continually lights off fireworks and nurtures an odd obsession with Motel 9. Joe also has to cope with making daily phone calls to Angie (voice of Sonna Chavez), his co-worker back in L.A. who is giving him sick days in exchange for the promise of a hot date. While traveling through the desert, Joe and Sam meet various eccentric characters played by the likes of David Carradine, John Cusack, Timothy Leary, and Arlo Guthrie. They eventually end up at their destination, which turns out to be a washed-up gambling town called Jackpot.
Action & Adventure , Comedy
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New Line Cinema

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John Doe
as Joe
Arlo Guthrie
as Harvey
Dr. Timothy Leary
as Salvatore
John Cusack
as Caspar
Bill Cobbs
as Oscar
David Anthony Marshall
as Dave Coleman
Judith Thurman
as Stripper
Biff Yeager
as Bartender
Sonna Chavez
as Angie Abbott
Erica Rogers
as Housekeeper
JD Cullum
as Mr. Andres
Ebbe Roe Smith
as Journalist
David Swinson
as Fred Neiman
Aaron Lustig
as Morning Desk Clerk
Pam Lambert
as Mini-Mart Cashier
Barton Heyman
as Sheriff Durango
Don Cheadle
as Happy Days Manager
Jeanne McCarthy
as 1st Happy Days Waitress
Viva Vinson
as 2nd Waitress
Lee Arenberg
as Happy Days Cook
Nancy Lenehan
as Vegas Motel 9 Desk Clerk
Manny Chevrolet
as Too Free Stooges Band Member
Dick Rude
as Too Free Stooges Band Member
Tony Ruglio
as Too Free Stooges Band Member
Billy Ferrick
as Too Free Stooges Band Member
as Too Free Stooges Band Member
Pete Weiss
as Too Free Stooges Band Member
Jennifer Balgobin
as Ms. Labia Mirage
Stephen Tobolowsky
as Ranger Bob
Lin Shaye
as Celeste
Ed Pansullo
as Hiram
Onice Bodozian
as Four Jack Bartender
Patti Tippo
as Casino Cashier
Nic Ratner
as Casino Casualty
Harty Grinner
as Jackpot Motel 9 Employee
Ellie Raab
as Gloria
Hector I
as Ramblin Dog
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Critic Reviews for Roadside Prophets

All Critics (6)

Tries its utmost to be weird and aimless; and if that's what rocks your boat, it ends up sort of hitting the jackpot for the chosen few.

Full Review… | October 12, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's easy to see why Roadside Prophets became an under-the-radar cult classic.

Full Review… | October 22, 2006

A failed, would-be cult item with funny cameos.

October 11, 2002
San Francisco Examiner

Audience Reviews for Roadside Prophets


John Doe (lead singer from X) and Ad-Rock (from Beastie Boys) pair up in this hard-to-find road trip flick. Enjoyable cast with small parts from John Cusack, Timothy Leary, Arlo Guthrie, and David Caradine. The acting could be better, but it's still an enjoyable "Easy Rider for the 90's"

Jon Hironimus
Jon Hironimus

Two men on motorcycles go on a journey to scatter another biker's ashes. They meet a lot of interesting people on the way. This one was ok because of all the quirky characters. I kept waiting for something more to happen. Not overly exciting.

John Trifiletti
John Trifiletti

You don't need to be on drugs to see this film as if you were. You just need to keep in mind that it's a spoof-of-a-spoof of 60s road films. I'm never "sorry" I watched it.

Tony Parrish
Tony Parrish

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