Signal 7 (1983)





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Shot on location in San Francisco, this film concentrates on the exploits of cabbies Speed and Marty. Their day-to-day adventures and misadventures are punctuated by their reactions to various large and small crises, and their oft-elucidated hopes of becoming actors.
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Dan Leegant
as Marty
John Tidwell
as Johnny
Herb Mills
as Steve
Don Bajema
as Roger
Don DeFina
as Setts
Bob Elross
as Director
Burns Ellison
as Writer
Hagit Farber
as Sophie
Paul West
as Pump Man
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Critic Reviews for Signal 7

All Critics (2)

This small dramatic film knocks the pants off most similar Hollywood ventures.

Full Review… | June 13, 2006
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Speaks volumes about the anger, loneliness and anguish of men alone and in groups.

Full Review… | August 26, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Signal 7


RATING (0 to ****): *** Before I get started, I would like to clear some things up: I am an aspiring filmmaker who plans to get something big shot in MiniDV. The only reason why I bothered to rent this is because this is apparently the first film deliberately shot on (analog 3/4") video then blown up to 35mm. That being said, sometimes going after obscure movies for just one little gimmick can be rewarding, as was the case with "Signal 7", available on Netflix. The opening forecasts trouble, with its long driving shots and grouped with middle-aged taxicab drivers telling jokes with rude, obnoxious laughter. After that, though, the film is very easy to like, with its fascinating discussions and two main characters, who, admittedly, I wasn't able to tell a difference between. Not being able to tell a difference did not interfere with that enjoyment, though, as they're (he's) fascinating to know. My favorite scene would have to be when our main character is auditioning for a stage play. Another scene that comes close is a conversation with a girl the driver known as Speed picks up, who has a difficult time with him and demands she gets another cab. The waiting time in between is a sweet scene that gives us an opportunity to know about our characters. Our third act drags, but that is probably more for technical reasons than it is for the film itself. The dialogue is less and less comprehensible, and for now I'm going to attribute this to the overall poor sound on the DVD, which was pulled from a film print. To Koch Lorber, and other production companies: stop trying to make video look like film, and just pull transfers for shot-on-video films from the video source. The actors are not only good at acting, but they're also good at acting like they're acting, and still sounding like they mean it. If you don't know what I'm saying, just add this to your Netflix queue. You won't regret it, but if you think you will, then just watch this on 90 minutes you feel like you can waste. If you are a fan of Richard Linklater's films, it's like that, but more improvisational, with middle-aged characters as opposed to young adults, and with more drama. MPAA: Not Rated (but would be R for language including sexual references) Runtime: 1 hour, 36 minutes (92 minutes of "real movie")

Eric Jones
Eric Jones

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