Out of the Blue (1980 film)

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Out of the Blue
Out of the Blue Film.jpg
Directed by Dennis Hopper
Produced by Jean Gontier Paul Lewis
Gary Jules Jouvenat
Leonard Yakir
Aaron Sadovnick
Written by Leonard Yakir
Gary Jules Jouvenat
Brenda Nielson
Starring Linda Manz
Dennis Hopper
Sharon Farrell
Don Gordon
Raymond Burr
Music by Tom Lavin
Cinematography Marc Champion
Editing by Doris Dyck
Release dates
  • May 1980 (1980-05)
Running time 93 minutes
Country Canada
Language English

Out of the Blue is a 1980 Canadian drama film directed by and starring Dennis Hopper. The film was written and produced by Gary Jules Jouvenat. It competed for the Palme d'Or at the 1980 Cannes Film Festival.[1] This was the first film Hopper directed since 1971's The Last Movie, stepping in at the last minute to replace the original director (screenwriter Leonard Yakir[2]).

Film Critic Jonathan Rosenbaum considers it one of the 15 best films of the 1980s.[3]

It centers on Cebe, a rebellious young girl, played by Linda Manz — interested only in Elvis Presley and punk rock music — as well as her ex-convict father Don Barnes (Dennis Hopper), and her high-strung mother Kathy (Sharon Farrell). The title is taken from the Neil Young song "My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)".

The film was made in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and various icons of Vancouver in that era are featured in the film, as are also the Pointed Sticks, one of the leading bands of Vancouver's punk era.[4]

The original version of Out of the Blue was banned in the UK, but was aired in full on UK TV Channel 4 in a series of banned movies on January 10, 1987. The available formats of this film are all the legal edited versions.

The track "Kill All Hippies", from British rock band Primal Scream's 2000 album XTRMNTR features a sample of Manz' dialogue from the movie.

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