Straight to Hell
A story of blood, money, guns, coffee, and sexual tension.
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- Rated: Unrated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 31 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: August 28, 2018
- Originally Released: 2018
- Label: KL Studio Classics
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Audio commentary by director Alex Cox and star Dick Rude
- Back to Hell - making-of doc
- Black Hills - a short tour of the STRAIGHT TO HELL locations, shot by Alex Cox back in 1977
- Straight to Hell Returns trailer
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
- Dolby Digital 5.1
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Sy Richardson, Joe Strummer, Dick Rude & Courtney Love|
|Performer:||The Pogues, Elvis Costello, Dennis Hopper, Grace Jones, Jim Jarmusch, Zander Schloss, Miguel Sandoval, Kathy Burke, Biff Yeager, Shane MacGowan & Xander Berkeley|
|Directed by||Alex Cox|
|Edited by||David Martin|
|Music by||Pray for Rain|
|Screenwriting by||Alex Cox & Dick Rude|
|Produced by||Eric Fellner|
|Director of Photography:||Tom Richmond|
Rating: 1.5/4 -- Straight to Hell is simply a record of aimless behavior, of a crowd of pals asked to dress up like cowboys and mill about on a movie set. Full Review
[With] a wildly eclectic cast including everybody from Kathy Burke to Dennis Hopper and Jim Jarmusch.
Sight and Sound
It's a very weird vibe, and it requires one to not only accept, but also embrace, boredom. If the movie has one theory, it's this: if you stare long enough at a certain spot, something weird and cool is bound to happen. Full Review
4 stars out of 5 -- Cox's homage to the spaghetti western and the Marquis de Sade, is still a brilliant achievement...
[A] wacko slapstick pantomime....[With a] starry cast of musicians, including Elvis Costello, Joe Strummer and The Pogues.
This comedy/western/musical is perhaps the strangest film by cult writer-director Alex Cox. After a botched robbery, a band of thieves heads for the desert to take shelter, only to find that the wilderness hamlet into which they've stumbled is run by a murderous, incestuous clan of coffee addicts who are struggling for control against a small band of misfits and a greedy land developer. It all makes for weird, weird stuff, highlighted by a spontaneous song-and-dance production number and cameos from such punk luminaries as Elvis Costello (as a coffee-dispensing butler) and the Pogues (as three brain-dead caballeros).
Idiosyncratic filmmaker Alex Cox (REPO MAN) directed this parody/homage to the fierce westerns of Sergio Leone and Sam Peckinpah. After a trio of dirty gunslingers--Norwood, Simms, and Willy--hold up a bank, they ditch the dough and hide out with a spaced-out gal pal in a small western town. But they soon find that the wilderness hamlet into which they've stumbled is run by a murderous, incestuous clan of coffee addicts who are struggling for control against a small band of misfits and a greedy land developer.
While the film is looser in structure than Cox's earlier REPO MAN and SID & NANCY, its strange pleasures include a spontaneous song-and-dance production number, the hysterically funny "Wiener Song," and cameos from such punk luminaries as Elvis Costello (as a coffee-dispensing butler) and the Pogues (as three brain-dead caballeros). The film is very weird, yet strangely rewarding.
- Director/co-writer Alex Cox has cast this film with a variety of notable musical performers such as Elvis Costello, Grace Jones, Courtney Love and Joe Strummer of The Clash. Cox also includes in "Straight to Hell" independent-minded filmmakers like Dennis Hopper and Jim Jarmusch.
- Screened at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival.
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