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Roadside Prophets

4.5 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Rockers John Doe (X) and Adam Horovitz (The Beastie Boys) hit the road and encounter an offbeat assortment of fringe dwellers, philosophers and misfits in one of the most unusual films to ever ride down the highway! Hailed as a cross between Easy Rider and Twin Peaks, this offbeat cult favorite features a hard-hitting rock soundtrack featuring The Pogues, Exene Cervenka, Pray for Rain, The Beastie Boys and John Doe.

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Product Details

  • Actors: John Doe, Adam Horovitz, David Carradine, John Cusack, Arlo Guthrie
  • Directors: Abbe Wool
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 2, 2012
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008H2LV
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,978 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Roadside Prophets" on IMDb

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"Roadside Prophets" is a small movie with a not-quite realized vision. On the negative side, the acting is occasionally awkward and the dialogue clunky, but the film is rich in literary allusions and cultural critique. On the surface, it's a typical buddy film. On the other hand, not many buddy films feature two guys on ancient motorcycles searching for Eldorado so they can spread a Fat Bob tank full of ashes as a tribute to someone who was electrocuted while playing a video game in a strip bar. The point of the movie is not to glorify the end product, but the process. That is, living life the best way you know how, with the full realization that the end product is just that -- the end. John Cusack has a memorable cameo in the film, but others -- such as David Carradine's and Timothy Leary's -- actually have substance, where Cusack's is a triumph of style. As in life, the main characters meet people who have things to say, some profound and some profoundly silly. Dismiss those roadside prophets at your peril -- those who seem the most insane may well be the wisest people you'll ever meet.
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"I saw the movie and my head was reeling with adventure....then a week afterwards on the side of a dirt road while in the country with bro-in-law.....we saw a motorcycle for sale, parked next to an RV. on a lakeshore, this guy with gray hair said he spent his summers here in northern MN.,was retired, and every spring returned and sold his bike he'd ride in Florida during the winter months, living in his RV. I knew it was a sign from God. Here was a real Roadside Prophet, just like in the movie,offering me advice and showing me how to ride it. I bought it right there on the spot. I live for my weekend roadtrips now, running into Prophet after Prophet just like David Carradine/Arlo Guthrie's/Timothy Leary's characters portrayed, off the beaten "Media Battered Path."This movie gives us meaning...it's about "Being." Just living in the moment,as we were born to. Recognizing when to "Let go, Let God" without reservations and not looking back, knowing the best is yet to come. Get the movie. Get the meaning. Spirit demands it Your destiny is at hand. (P.S. A bike with whitewall tires helps too)
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This is a great road movie with awesome cameos that keep it intelligent and funny. Althought the movie starts out kinda slow and the acting is slightly awkward at times, the movie picks up fast and the messages shed during the road encounters are life-lasting and true to heart. Ad rock is very funny as Sam the drifter- even hysterical at times. One of my own and friends favorites through college, it is a timeless tale of friendship and life lessons. I don't even like motorcycles but this movie makes me want to ride the desert. Easy to compare to as the "Easy Rider" of the 90's. Watch this movie!
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As a biker and film fan, I consider "Roadside Prophets" an unheralded gem.

Perhaps that's because I recognize myself in John Doe's Joe Mosley. Heck, even our motorcycles look alike! More importantly, though, Joe is a working stiff with a sense of honor, who tries to do the right thing even when he makes mistakes along the way. As Joe leaves work one afternoon he meets another Harley rider, Dave Coleman (David Anthony Marshall, in an all-too-brief performance). What follows is one of the greatest riding sequences of any motorcycle movie I've ever scene, neatly underscored by John Doe's own song: "Beer, Gas, Ride Forever". What I'd give to have that segment of the film, sans titles, as a separate video!

A quick stop for beer ends in tragedy when Joe's new friend is electrocuted by a pinball machine. A biker knows you never leave your fellow riders behind, so it's no mystery to me that Joe embarks on an epic journey to deliver this virtual stranger's ashes to his Eldorado of memory, the one place Dave ever felt loved and accepted.

Early in his trek Joe encounters the excitable Sam (Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz), who reminds me of any number of novice riders I've known, with a puppy-like energy that is a perfect foil for Joe's dogged, world-weary determination. Sam procures a battered Triumph, and the mismatched duo hit the road in search of the elusive Eldorado...

...and the perfect night at a Motel 9, of course.

Along the way the duo come upon the titular roadside prophets - Timothy Leary, Arlo Guthrie, et al - and from each they gain a Zen-like insight which contributes to the arc of their journey, as motorcyclists AND as men.
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This is one of the best motorcycle movies I've seen. Well, the more I think about it, Roadside IS the best motorcycle movie! I'll watch it again and again. I want my family and friends to see it. I want you to see it.
I wish I was riding with these nuts. They're full of fun and surprise. I never had time to analyze the plot before it threw another unforseeable twist at me.
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This is definately one of those kick back in your sofa, light up and flow movies. The subdued plotline is warm and insightful and the many cameos in this movie are always a surprise waiting around the next corner.
If you are walking the path or surfin the wave like some of the rest of us, check this movie out.
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