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Made in U.S.A. (1987)

Two misfit best friends, Dar and Tuck, leave their dying coal mining town with only one goal in mind - to reach sunny California and hook up with some beach babes. On the road, they meet gun crazy outlaw Annie and she takes over.

Director:

Ken Friedman

Writers:

Zbigniew Kempinski (story), Nick Wechsler (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Judith Baldwin ... Dorie
Lori Singer ... Annie
Marji Martin ... Ma Frazier
Adrian Pasdar ... Dar
Chris Penn ... Tuck
Tiny Wells Tiny Wells ... Pa Frazier
Jacqueline Murphy ... Cora
Frank Beddor ... Bud
Marie Antoinette Bresadola Marie Antoinette Bresadola ... Waitress
Mark Carlton Mark Carlton ... Ford Salesman
Scott Casey Scott Casey ... Redneck in Gas Station
Pete Concha Pete Concha ... Elderly Indian
Lionel Croll Lionel Croll ... Garage Owner
Cindi Dietrich Cindi Dietrich ... Girl in Trans-Am
Anthony Duran Anthony Duran ... Lonny
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Storyline

Two men from Pennsylvania give up hope in their small run down coal mining town, and head off in search of the beaches of California. The two steal cars as they travel across the USA and are joined by a wild young woman. Written by Rob Hartill

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They hit the road in search of thrills and excitement... They got more than they bargained for... See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 October 1987 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Made in USA See more »

Filming Locations:

Acoma, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During production, director Ken Friedman and Hemdale's chairman John Daly suffered a major falling out over the way the film should be edited. Determined to have the film shown as he intended, Friedman showed the film uncut at Cannes in 1987. Daly threatened to have him arrested if he'd have shown his cut publically again. During the fall-out, New Line Cinema made an attempt to buy the film, but the deal fell apart. The Daly-approved cut was shelved for one year and a half, before finally dribbling out on VHS in November 1988. Friedman's cut of the film never surfaced. See more »

Soundtracks

Love Like Blood
Written by John Hiatt
Performed by John Hiatt
Courtesy of Geffen Records
by arrangement with Warner Special Products
Copyright 1983 Queen Isabella's Subjects/Bug Music
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extremely flawed
15 February 2006 | by bgbacardiSee all my reviews

This film is pretty dismissible because of its inane plotting and its dazed direction. Leads Adrian Pasdar and Chris Penn are pleasing to the eye, but there's not just not much to do with their characters, who lack any motivation for their puzzling criminal behavior. The movie's two draws are its striking locations and Lori Singer. Probably intended to be illustrative of the conservationist theme barely recognizable in the final cut, MADE IN USA treks through a number of shots of human civilization in decay, including a town poisoned by dioxide in Illinios and an old mining city in Pennsylvania. Taken in this respect, the film could possibly be enjoyed as a moody travelogue. Lori Singer brings life to her misfit vixen, an even greater enigma than her two brutish companions. MADE IN USA, complete with its insipid title, is like many a forgotten movie - strangely intriguing, but a complete mess in retrospect.


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