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Anarchy TV: The Movie

3.7 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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Anarchy TV: The Movie on DVD.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Jonathan Penner, Jessica Hecht, Matt Winston, Dweezil Zappa, Moon Unit Zappa
  • Directors: Jonathan Blank
  • Writers: Jonathan Blank, Jonah Loeb, Philip Craft
  • Producers: Barclay Powers, Betsy Chasse, Harris J. Salat, Jonah Loeb
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Indie DVD
  • DVD Release Date: March 4, 2003
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000083C83
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,128 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Anarchy TV: The Movie" on IMDb

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Format: VHS Tape
Director Blanks brings Frank Zappa's children onboard in a decadent ninety minute comedy that entertains.
Channel 69 is the local public access station that plays shows like "Political Jeopardy" and "Eat Me." The shows lambast the establishment, and push free speech and individualism. It is run by cute couple Jerry (Jonathan Penner) and Natalie (Jessica Hecht), hilarious paranoid Frank (Matt Winston), Katie (Moon Zappa), and Sid (Dweezil Zappa). Natalie is also a teacher, working her political agenda into subversive elementary school plays, much to the principal's (Mink Stole) chagrin.
Natalie's dad is Reverend Wright (Alan Thicke), who buys the television station, disowns his daughter, and throws the group out onto the street. They try to protest their plight, but no one seems to care as no one was watching them in the first place. They hold a couple of disastrous rallies, where all their friends butt heads about their personal beliefs. They are thrown in jail, and eventually bailed out by Oriental prostitute/fan Tiffany (Tamayo Otsuki).
As the Christian station broadcasts on their station, the group hatches a new plan. They take the station by force and begin broadcasting their stuff again, much to the yawns and indifference of the viewing public. Even the police and press do not care. Frank discovers a safe in the station that holds the key to all his off-the-wall beliefs, and sets about breaking the combination.
Tiffany suddenly gets a great idea, and viewers begin tuning in- nude aerobics will do that. Soon, the little station terrorists find themselves to be media darlings, and people tune in, shedding their inhibitions and clothes as well.
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The film is a quite funny and refreshingly affirmative counter-culture take on religious hypocracy, police brutality and racism. It contains an amusing send up of so-called family values. I took my 14 year old son to see it. It is a healthful antedote to the banal and unimaginative twaddle on TV and in the movies.
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Crappy movie that has some great vintage skin sequences. It was fun to see the chicks dance fully nude. It was very fun to see Jessica Hecht dance in the buff. I've seen her play support roles many times. Glad she had the nerve to do this . Thank you Jessica. It only cost me shipping (rip off) to own this piece of history.
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There are movies that are so bad they're good, and then there are movies that are so bad they're crap. This would be one of the latter. Utterly devoid of a single redeeming quality (unless you count non-celebrity nudity), Anarchy TV is the unfunniest comedy ever made. And considering that cable access TV is such a haven for oddballs that this thing should write itself, that's almost something of an achievement. This atrocity aims for the broadest targets imaginable (Are ya ready? How about...televangelism!) in the most unimaginative way possible (the Fundamentalist Christian TV network is called Christian Unity Network Television; one scan of those initials will give you a taste of the level of comedy genius at work here). It is populated mainly by unknowns, or has-beens (and even they seem like they're slumming). In a characteristically brilliant scene, an assassination attempt on a main character, broadcast on the station, infuriates the viewing public so much they, in a show of solidarity, smash their TVs. Right on.
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My friend is Philip is one of the writers of this movie. I haven't had a chance to watch it yet, but this is this still a good purchase.
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