- Rated: R
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 50 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: November 15, 2005
- Originally Released: 1985
- Label: MGM (Video & DVD)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Mono - English
- Subtitles - English - Closed Captioning
- Subtitles - French - Optional
Performers, Cast and Crew:
New York Times - 03/18/1988
"...[Altman's] satirical side is given unusually free rein....Lively, colorful..."
Variety - 07/15/1987
"...[The] performances are uniformly good, with Dennis Hopper once again excelling as a madman..."
Los Angeles Times - 10/10/1987
"...The satire is vicious, but Altman's handling is buoyant and worldly....[The film] has a wistful, bright look..."
O.C. (Daniel H. Jenkins) and Stiggs (Neill Barry) are two Arizona teenagers who are intent on making life miserable for their nerdy neighbors, the Schwabs--Randall (Paul Dooley), Elinore (Jane Curtain), Randall Jr. (Jon Cryer), and Lenora (Laura Urstein). The pair idolize musician King Sunny Ade, and when they find out he's playing a show in Mexico, they travel to see him with their dimwitted friend Barney (James Gilsenan). As the summer progresses, O.C. and Stiggs continue to torment the Schwabs--at Lenora's wedding, and the opening night of the local theatre group's play, to which they invite King Sunny Ade and his African Beats to perform. Another free-wheeling comedy in the tradition of M*A*S*H, O.C. AND STIGGS finds Altman dipping into the popular 1980s teen genre yet with his flair for the absurd. He also throws in comedic self-references to his other films such as NASHVILLE's presidential hopeful Hal Phillip Walker (Thomas Hal Phillips). Actors Melvin Van Peebles and Martin Mull also add to the light-hearted affair, as does Dennis Hopper, whose crazed Vietnam veteran mirrors the role he played in APOCALYPSE NOW.
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- The film was shelved by MGM for three years before they finally decided to release it in selected cities. It was released in New York City on March 18, 1988.