The American Way (film)

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The American Way
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Directed byMaurice Phillips
Produced byLawrence Mortorff
Angela P. Schapiro
Written byScott Roberts
StarringDennis Hopper
Michael J. Pollard
Music byBrian Bennett
Simon Webb
CinematographyJohn Metcalfe
Distributed byMiramax Films
Release date
  • 1986 (1986)

The American Way, also known as Riders of the Storm, is a 1986 American science fiction comedy film directed by Maurice Phillips and starring Dennis Hopper and Michael J. Pollard.[1][2][3]


SM is a pirate TV station, which is broadcast from a B-29 plane by a group of Vietnam war veterans. After many years, the crew considers shutting down the show to go back to a more normal life. But as the US presidential campaign is starting, the captain of the plane decides SM has a last job to do: to prevent the pro-war conservative candidate from winning the election.



Parts of the film were shot at Glen Canyon in Utah.[4]


  1. ^ Canby, Vincent (May 7, 1988). "Review/film: 1960’s counter culture spirit becomes airborne". New York Times (137). p. 12.
  2. ^ Groves, Don (May 23, 1988). "The American Way". Variety (323), p. 42.
  3. ^ Lanning, Michael Lee. Vietnam at the movies. Fawcett Columbine, 1994. pp. 303–4. ISBN 0449908917.
  4. ^ D'Arc, James V. (2010). When Hollywood came to town: a history of moviemaking in Utah (1st ed.). Layton, Utah: Gibbs Smith. ISBN 9781423605874.

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