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Jonathan Demme directs this joyous relentlessly kitschy celebration of 1950s America: opportunity, rock’n’roll, and the road. Read More »
This movie interlaces the stories of several characters in a small town united by their use of CB (citizen’s band) radio. Read More »
Jack and Kay Walsh are typical of couples of the 1940s, in which he’s the breadwinner and she the housewife determined upon him to perform the guy’s duties around the home. Read More »
Who Am I This Time? (1982) Jonathan Demme, Susan Sarandon, Christopher Walken, Robert Ridgely, Comedy, Drama, Romance
From a short story by Kurt Vonnegut. Christopher Walken is a shy hardware store employee. But whenever he takes a part in a local amateur theater production, he becomes the part completely–while on stage. Read More »
Married to the Mob (1988) Jonathan Demme, Michelle Pfeiffer, Alec Baldwin, Paul Lazar, Comedy, Crime, Romance
Angela deMarco is unhappily married to high Mafia member Frank deMarco. When Frank is killed, Angela takes the opportunity to break free of the Mafia world entirely and start a new life. But Frank’s boss, Tony Russo, begins to court the unresponsive Angela. The FBI begins surveillance on her, thinking her to be his new mistress. FBI agent Mike Downey goes undercover as Angela’s neighbor, but soon finds himself attracted to Angela himself.
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David Byrne walks onto the stage and does a solo “Psycho Killer.” Jerry Harrison, Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz join him for two more songs. The crew is busy, still setting up. Then, three more musicians and two back-up singers join the band. Everybody sings, plays, harmonizes, dances, and runs. They change instruments and clothes. Bryne appears in the Big Suit. The backdrop is often black, but sometimes it displays words, images, or children’s drawings. The band cooks for 18 songs, the lyrics are clear, the house rocks. In this concert film, the Talking Heads hardly talk, don’t stop, and always make sense.
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Caged Heat (1974) Jonathan Demme, Juanita Brown, Roberta Collins, Erica Gavin, Ella Reid, Action, Comedy, Drama
A girl is caught in a drug bust and sent to the hoosegow. The iron-handed superintendent takes exception to a skit performed by the girls and takes punitive steps, aided by the sadistic …
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