Straight to Hell (1987)




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Not a sequel to director Alex Cox's quirky 1987 spaghetti western homage but instead a new version of the film featuring additional footage cut from the original release, a new color scheme, and some gruesome new digital effects, Straight to Hell Returns offers a cruel new vision of a quirky cult classic. In their exhausted bid to catch up on some sleep, black-suited hit men Norwood (Sy Richardson), Sims (Joe Strummer) and Willy (Dick Rude) miss their target, and realize their there will be hell to pay when the news gets back to their malevolent boss, Mr. Dade (Jim Jarmusch). With Norwood's pregnant bride Velma (Courtney Love) in tow, the three killers knock over a bank for some quick cash, and hightail it into the desert. But their bad luck takes a turn for the worse when their car suddenly dies, forcing them to bury the loot, and seek refuge in a dusty desert town. The following morning, the McMahon clan (The Pogues) rides into town and confronts the gang, though a bloodbath is narrowly averted when the three new arrivals gun down Rusty Zimmerman (Ed Tudor-Pole) as he attempts to arrest two key members of the clan. As a result, Norwood, Sims, and Willy earn the trust of the clan's leader Frank (Biff Yeager), and over the course of the next few days everyone rests easy while Sims and Willy romance a pair of pretty locals. But the shaky truce crumbles following a shocking act of violence among the McMahon's. Subsequently outfitted with an impressive array of weaponry thanks to mysterious arms dealer Mr. Fabien (Dennis Hopper), the killers prepare for battle as Mr. Dade arrives in town offering a handsome bounty for the heads of his three missing henchmen, and all hell breaks loose. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Action & Adventure , Comedy , Drama , Western
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Sy Richardson
as Norwood
Dick Rude
as Willy
Dennis Hopper
as Farber
Grace Jones
as Sonya
Spider Stacy
as Angel Eyes McMahon
Biff Yeager
as Frank McMahon
Del Zamora
as Poncho
Chalkie Davis
as Branding Victim
Jim Jarmusch
as Mr. Amos Dade
Linda the Dog
as Weiner
Bill Yaeger
as Frank
Sue Kiel
as Leticia
Xander Berkeley
as Preacher
Fox Harris
as Kim Blousson
Graham Fletcher-Cook
as Whitey/Jeeves
Jem Finer
as Granpa
Kathy Burke
as Sabrina
Ed Pansullo
as Mac MacMahon
Juan Torres
as Churbo
Sharon Bailey
as Porter
Eddie Pansullo
as Mac MacMahon
Edward Tudor-Pole
as Rusty Zimmerman
Charlie Braun
as Blacksmith McMahon
Sean Madigan
as Jarhead
Chalkie Davies
as Branding Victim
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Critic Reviews for Straight to Hell

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (1)

It's a very weird vibe, and it requires one to not only accept, but also embrace, boredom. If the movie has one theory, it's this: if you stare long enough at a certain spot, something weird and cool is bound to happen.

Full Review… | January 16, 2011
Combustible Celluloid

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March 9, 2008

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July 16, 2005

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November 22, 2004
Pasadena Weekly

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May 31, 2003
Reeling Reviews

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November 22, 2002
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Audience Reviews for Straight to Hell


Not as spaghetti Western as the trailer (and many critics) make it out to be, unless you count Jorodowsky's El Topo as spaghetti western. Also not very good, but I find myself coming back to it, like once a decade. I hear there's a remix or something made with out-takes. May have to take a look.

George Isaacs
George Isaacs

Really low budget, really flat performances and really uninteresting. How can a movie with some luminary musicians (mostly past their prime.. but still!) be so tiresome? The plot seems mostly irrelevant and the characters randomly disjointed in looks and personalities. I really couldn't figure out the point. For a 2010 re-release the film looked like early 80's VHS and the image is gritty and distractingly low quality. Maybe there was nothing left to improve on but still I can't believe that was the best transfer possible.

Mark Nash
Mark Nash

If I can't say anything else good about this film I can say that it is a boldly strange trip.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

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