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
Dennis Hopper
Starring Linda Manz
Dennis Hopper
Sharon Farrell
Don Gordon
Raymond Burr
Music by Tom Lavin
Cinematography Marc Champion
Edited by Doris Dyck
Distributed by Discovery Films
Release date
  • May 1980 (1980-05)
Running time
93 minutes
Country Canada
Language English

Out of the Blue (released in Canada as No Looking Back)[1] 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.[2] This was the first film Hopper directed since 1971's The Last Movie; he stepped in at the last minute to replace the original director (screenwriter Leonard Yakir[3]).

Film Critic Jonathan Rosenbaum considers it one of the 15 best films of the 1980s.[4]

It centers on Cebe, a rebellious and troubled 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, and various icons of Vancouver in that era are featured in the film, including the Pointed Sticks, one of the leading bands of Vancouver's punk era.[5]

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


  • Linda Manz – Cebe aka Cindy Barnes
  • Dennis Hopper – Don Barnes
  • Sharon Farrell – Kathy Barnes
  • Don Gordon – Charlie
  • Raymond Burr – Dr. Brean
  • Eric Allen – Paul
  • Fiona Brody – Carol
  • David L. Crowley – Anderson (as David Crowley)
  • Joan Hoffman – Jean
  • Carl Nelson – Cabby
  • Francis Ann Pettit – Nancy
  • Glen Pfeifer – Glenn
  • David Ackridge – Teacher
  • Jim Byrnes – Party Singer (as Jim Byrne)
  • Glen Fyfe – Bouncer
  • Pointed Sticks – Band in the Nightclub


  1. ^ "Out of the Blue: Release Info". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2015-09-18. 
  2. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Out of the Blue". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  3. ^ "Films You May Have Missed: Out of the Blue". Blastitude.com. Retrieved 2010-03-13. 
  4. ^ "Jonathan Rosenbaum's Top Ten Lists 1974–2006". Alumnus.caltech.edu. Retrieved 2010-07-29. 
  5. ^ "'Out of the Blue' – The Tyee". The Tyee. 12 November 2010. 

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