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  • Actors: Joe Strummer, Courtney Love, Dennis Hopper, Sy Richardson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Microcinema International
  • DVD Release Date: January 1, 2010
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0047HXN7E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,123 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Four hapless bank robbers bury their loot and attempt to hide out in a deserted desert town. But the town is not deserted. Feasting, song, sexual tension, and inevitable deaths ensue.

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3.6 out of 5 stars
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Paul B. Hogue on December 13, 2010
Format: DVD
Really, do I need to say more? My circle of friends from college adopted this as our movie long ago, and every couple of years, for about 20+ years, we have gotten together for our "Straight To Hell" parties. We watch the movie, sing the Weiner Kid's song, and generally frighten the newcomers by shouting out nearly every line of the movie. I'm so glad to see this has been done, but sad that there will not be the long-promised "Back To Hell." No Joe, no sequel. I raise a cup of coffee, fire my guns, and thank Mr. Cox for the effort. My best to the surviving cast and crew who have brought me and like-minded freaks a life-changing movie, whether they wanted to or not.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BillR on October 2, 2013
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I have loved "Straight to Hell" since I first saw it on VHS in the early '90s. It is a fun mixture of spoof, political satire, and homage. That the project was a last-minute replacement for what was supposed to be a benefit rock concert in Nicaragua (!) gave it that much more appeal. It is not Alex Cox's best movie, but it is his most fun, and this film is great for sharing with thinking people and blockbuster-sucklers.

And yet, this "director's cut" falls flat in a lot of ways. The inclusion of previously cut scenes is welcome, but the clips are not very seamlessly integrated into the remastered original, suggesting they were just tossed in. The additional little details, like digitally enhanced blood splatters and flies, do little to improve on the original. The new bits of animated skeletons, particularly at the end, are distracting and detracting. And the "extras" are just recycled from the extras on the original DVD release.

I recommend buying the older DVD release, and maybe borrowing this one if you are really, really interested in seeing the deleted scenes.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chris Van Andel on December 25, 2012
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I first saw this movie in a friend's bar 20 years ago, and while it is a strange and somewhat difficult to decipher movie, it still remains one of my all time favorites, I have watched it over and over, more than 40 times, I would bet. Be warned though- I have played this movie for many people, and only a few have enjoyed it like I do. My wife hates it!

So, I don't know. If you are a spaghetti western fan, you might like this very off-kilter spoof. If you are a fan of 80's stardom and music, watching the Pogues dressed up in caballero costumes is fun. Grace Jones and Dennis Hopper make an appearance. Another odd point- while there is a lot of violence and shooting, no one swears, and only use old western style curses. Consarn it! There is a lot of unusual symbolism in here, some of it easy to figure out, some of it very obscure, probably inside jokes among the cast and crew.

Alex Cox was the director of Repo Man, and a lot of cast from there is here too.

So, while I love this movie, given past experience, I can't recommend it to you, the average reader. If you watch it and hate it, it's not my fault. If you watch it and love it, it was all because of me!
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By Steve Mock on July 10, 2014
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Cult classic
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19 of 30 people found the following review helpful By C. Scanlon VINE VOICE on November 8, 2010
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Okay, so you get to see the late lamented Joe Strummer here, founding member of the Clash, as a kind of greaser bank robber on the lam with a few buddies, Dick Rude and the great Sy Richardson, lately of Searchers 2.0 Dick played the mean punk in Alex Cox's seminal and prophetic, groundbreaking, trendsetting film Repo Man (Collector's Edition) with Harry Dean Stanton, while Sy played the mentor Repo Man.

This film is some of Joe Strummer's best work as an actor, and really shows his possibilities. See also please the rock documentary Let's Rock Again filmed by DIck Rude on one of Strummer's final tours.

This movie, Straight to Hell, was made after Sid and Nancy: The Criterion Collection in Spain as a sort of practice for traveling to Nicaragua and filming the history of Walker - (The Criterion Collection), in which Strummer, dressed as long hair hippy, gets very little face time on screen despite all of the wonderful footage taken of him. We can only pray for a Walker Returns which will restore the lost footage much as this gratefully received Straight to Hell Returns restores much that was cut. In any case, Strummer did the entire musical soundtrack in some of his greatest recording ever, available at Walker.
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