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Straight to Hell (1987)

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A gang of bank robbers with a suitcase full of money go to the desert to hide out. After burying the loot, they find their way to a surreal town full of cowboys who drink an awful lot of ... See full summary »


Alex Cox


Alex Cox, Dick Rude





Cast overview, first billed only:
Dick Rude Dick Rude ... Willy
Sy Richardson ... Norwood
Courtney Love ... Velma
Joe Strummer ... Simms
Gloria Miralles Ruiz Gloria Miralles Ruiz ... Maid
Juan Uribe Juan Uribe ... Policeman
Joey Cashman Joey Cashman ... Dead Man in Car (as Joe Cashman)
Jose Pomedio Monedero Jose Pomedio Monedero ... Gomez
Sara Sugarman ... Chuch
Miguel Sandoval ... George
Jennifer Balgobin Jennifer Balgobin ... Fabienne
Biff Yeager ... Frank McMahon
Shane MacGowan ... Bruno McMahon
Spider Stacy Spider Stacy ... Angel Eyes McMahon
Frank Murray Frank Murray ... Biff McMahon


A gang of bank robbers with a suitcase full of money go to the desert to hide out. After burying the loot, they find their way to a surreal town full of cowboys who drink an awful lot of coffee. The townspeople are hostile to the outsiders at first, but seem to accept them once they've killed a couple of people. After a while, a mysterious man named Dade arrives, who seems to have unpleasant business to settle with the robbers. A free-for-all shoot-em-up ensues. Written by George S. Davis <mgeorges@prodigy.net>

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A story of blood, money, guns, coffee, and sexual tension.


Action | Comedy | Western


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The title was taken from The Clash's song of the same title, which appeared on their 1982 album "Combat Rock." Joe Strummer, who appears in the film, was one of the leaders of the Clash. See more »


Chuch: This place is full of bad men who'll kill anyone who crosses their path or even shows their face... know what I mean?
Velma: No. I don't see any bad men.
Chuch: That's 'cause they're all out, but they'll be back...
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Coming Soon... BACK TO HELL See more »


Referenced in 15 Minutes: Show #4 (1987) See more »


Burning Down The Store
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Probably lotsa fun for the actors, but not so much for the audience...
20 August 2001 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

I'd LOVE to be able to say that 'Straight To Hell' is one of the lost classics of the 80s but frankly, it's almost as bad as the mainstream critics make out. I say ALMOST, because it isn't an entire waste of time. Sy Richardson is as cool as ever, and the eclectic supporting cast (Cox semi-regulars like Sandoval, Berkeley, and Yeager, various musos and the king of weird movies, Dennis Hopper) make this worth watching for the "six degrees of separation" game alone.

Now look, I DO like Leone, and I like punk rock and I love Peckinpah, and I can sorta see what the other comments are saying about it almost prefiguring Tarantino, but there's one BIG problem - the lack of a decent script. For every good moment there four dull ones, and some funny lines or interesting characters wouldn't have gone astray.

So basically, if you watch this expecting the worst you'll enjoy it more than if you expect it to be as great as 'Repo Man'. I also would like to point out that Cox's next movie 'Walker' is a 100% improvement on this one, and almost IS a lost classic of the 80s!

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26 June 1987 (USA) See more »

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A Caminho do Inferno See more »


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$1,000,000 (estimated)

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