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Out of the Blue

Dennis Hopper directs and stars in this terse drama of what the 1970s drug culture and dregs of the counter-culture would have wrought on those easy riders who got off their bikes and tried to conform.

Dennis Hopper directs and stars in this terse drama of what the 1970s drug culture and dregs of the counter-culture would have wrought on those easy riders who got off their bikes and tried to conform.

Linda Manz has tart authority as a streetwise 15-year-old. She had been in a terrible accident while driving with Hopper, her father, who plowed into a school bus stalled in the middle of the road, killing many of the kids.

Hopper has been sentenced to five years in prison. He has become a hero to his daughter, who has fantasised the late Elvis Presley into another hero.

Dramatically economical, pic captures urban overcrowding, personal problems and violence but sans excess. Hopper reportedly took over direction after film started but worked with the writer on changes to fit his own personal outlooks.

Out of the Blue

Canada

  • Production: Robson Street. Director Dennis Hopper; Screenplay Leonard Yakir, Gary Jules Jouvenat; Camera Marc Champion; Editor Doris Dyck; Music Tom Lavin
  • Crew: (Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1980. Running time: 94 MIN.
  • With: Linda Manz Sharon Farrell Dennis Hopper Raymond Burr Don Gordon
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