OUT OF THE BLUE

by Dennis Hopper
OUT OF THE BLUE - SNACK BAR BLUES

Informations

Nation: Canada

Year: 1980

Length: 94'

35° TORINO FILM FESTIVAL

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Synopsis

Late 70s. In the deepest corner of the American heartland, Cebe struggles with her impossible family situation, which she cannot seem to get away from. She feels conflicted about Don, her father, an abusive alcoholic truck driver, and her mother Kathy, a fast-food employee addicted to drugs. One day, while driving drunk, Don hits a school bus with his truck, killing fifteen children and ending up in jail. Despite the severity of the crime, he only gets a five-year sentence. While her father is behind bars, Cebe develops a non-conformist and rebellious streak. To escape from the brutality of the world and the hostility of the society surrounding her, she seeks refuge in the music of Elvis and the budding punk scene. Her mother, instead, keeps on doing drugs, spending time with her coworker and sleeping around with different people. Don’s return home only exacerbates this already tense situation, pushing it over the edge.

Director

Dennis Hopper

Dennis Hopper

Dennis Hopper (Dodge City, KS, USA, 1936 - Venice, CA, USA, 2010) made his screen debut in Nicholas Ray’s Rebel Without a Cause (1955) and performed several minor roles in many Hollywood productions. He made his directorial debut with Easy Rider in 1969, which launched him as an internationally acclaimed filmmaker, receiving an Academy Award Nomination for Best Writing and winning the award for Best First Work at Cannes. His next feature The Last Movie (1971) received the CIDALC Award at the Venice Film Festival, but was a flop in theaters, causing him to temporarily retreat from the limelight. He made his comeback in 1977, performing in Wim Wender’s The American Friend, and in Coppola’s Apocalypse Now (1979). He took up directing again in 1981 with Out of the Blue, that was then presented in the competition section in Cannes. He also played several memorable roles on screen, starring in Rumble Fish (1983), Blue Velvet (1986), and Speed (1994). He made a successful directorial comeback in 1988 with the feature Colors.

Filmography:
Easy Rider (Easy Rider - Libertà e paura, 1969), The Last Movie (Fuga da Hollywood, 1971), Out of the Blue (Snack Bar Blues, 1981), Colors (Colors - Colori di guerra, 1988), Catchfire (Ore contate, 1989), The Hot Spot (Hot Spot - Il posto caldo, 1990), Chasers (Una bionda sotto scorta, 1994), Homeless (cm, 2000), Pashmy Dream (cm, 2008).

Cast and Credits

regia/director
Dennis Hopper
soggetto, sceneggiatura/story, screenplay
Leonard Yakir, Brenda Nielson
fotografia/cinematography
Marc Champion
montaggio/film editing
Doris Dyck
scenografia/production design
Leon Ericksen
musica/music
Tom Lavin
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Linda Manz (Cebe), Dennis Hopper (Don), Sharon Farrell (Kathy), Don Gordon (Charlie), Raymond Burr (Dr. Brean)
produttori/producers
Jean Gontier, Gary Jules Jouvenat, Leonard Yakir
produzione/production
Robson Street

Synopsis Learn more

Late 70s. In the deepest corner of the American heartland, Cebe struggles with her impossible family situation, which she cannot seem to get away from. She feels conflicted about Don, her father, an abusive alcoholic truck driver, and her mother Kathy, a fast-food employee addicted to drugs. One day, while driving drunk, Don hits a school bus with his truck, killing fifteen children and ending up in jail. Despite the severity of the crime, he only gets a five-year sentence. While her father is behind bars, Cebe develops a non-conformist and rebellious streak. To escape from the brutality of the world and the hostility of the society surrounding her, she seeks refuge in the music of Elvis and the budding punk scene. Her mother, instead, keeps on doing drugs, spending time with her coworker and sleeping around with different people. Don’s return home only exacerbates this already tense situation, pushing it over the edge.

Director All about direction

Dennis Hopper

Dennis Hopper

Dennis Hopper (Dodge City, KS, USA, 1936 - Venice, CA, USA, 2010) made his screen debut in Nicholas Ray’s Rebel Without a Cause (1955) and performed several minor roles in many Hollywood productions. He made his directorial debut with Easy Rider in 1969, which launched him as an internationally acclaimed filmmaker, receiving an Academy Award Nomination for Best Writing and winning the award for Best First Work at Cannes. His next feature The Last Movie (1971) received the CIDALC Award at the Venice Film Festival, but was a flop in theaters, causing him to temporarily retreat from the limelight. He made his comeback in 1977, performing in Wim Wender’s The American Friend, and in Coppola’s Apocalypse Now (1979). He took up directing again in 1981 with Out of the Blue, that was then presented in the competition section in Cannes. He also played several memorable roles on screen, starring in Rumble Fish (1983), Blue Velvet (1986), and Speed (1994). He made a successful directorial comeback in 1988 with the feature Colors.

Filmography:
Easy Rider (Easy Rider - Libertà e paura, 1969), The Last Movie (Fuga da Hollywood, 1971), Out of the Blue (Snack Bar Blues, 1981), Colors (Colors - Colori di guerra, 1988), Catchfire (Ore contate, 1989), The Hot Spot (Hot Spot - Il posto caldo, 1990), Chasers (Una bionda sotto scorta, 1994), Homeless (cm, 2000), Pashmy Dream (cm, 2008).

Cast and Credits Discover the cast of the film

regia/director
Dennis Hopper
soggetto, sceneggiatura/story, screenplay
Leonard Yakir, Brenda Nielson
fotografia/cinematography
Marc Champion
montaggio/film editing
Doris Dyck
scenografia/production design
Leon Ericksen
musica/music
Tom Lavin
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Linda Manz (Cebe), Dennis Hopper (Don), Sharon Farrell (Kathy), Don Gordon (Charlie), Raymond Burr (Dr. Brean)
produttori/producers
Jean Gontier, Gary Jules Jouvenat, Leonard Yakir
produzione/production
Robson Street