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Warning: Parental Advisory (2002)

TV-14 | | Comedy, Drama, Music | TV Movie 21 April 2002
The story of the 1985 Senatorial hearings to place "Warning: Parental Advisory" labels on music albums with "obscene" lyrics and themes - and the rockers who tried to fight it.

Director:

Mark Waters

Writer:

Jay Martel
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Priestley ... Charlie Burner
Mariel Hemingway ... Tipper Gore
Dee Snider ... Dee Snider
Deborah Yates Deborah Yates ... Pamela Stone
Lois Chiles ... Susan Baker
Tim Guinee ... John Denver
Deborah Jolly ... Shirley
Lee Burns ... Andrew Norris
John S. Davies ... Sen. John Curtis
Griffin Dunne ... Frank Zappa
Jim Beatty Jim Beatty ... Al Gore
Richard Dillard ... Senator Sam
Gail Cronauer ... Sen. Paula Hawkins
Joe Berryman ... Donald Bean
David Born ... James Baker
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Storyline

In 1985, Charlie Burner is a hotshot political lobbyist for the music industry pushing for a blank tape tax in Washington DC, only to find himself facing new political headwinds. They come from the Parent Music Resource Center, a lobby group headed by Tipper Gore and several fellow Congressional wives on a self-appointed crusade against what they consider objectionable popular music. Despite Burner's dismissal of this group, the PMRC proves to be a burgeoning new threat to music's freedom of expression and the intellectual avant-guarde musician, Frank Zappa, pushes for him to fight back. Inspired to take a stand with a US Senate hearing scheduled, Burner can only to find three musicians willing to attend in opposition, the provocative Zappa, the outrageous heavy metal star, Dee Snider and the seemingly innocuous folk music legend, John Denver. Together, these disparate musicians would take on the self-righteous crusade against their art with powerful rhetoric no one sees coming. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Censorship is a dirty word.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 April 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

PMRC See more »

Filming Locations:

Houston, Texas, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The music store depicted in the film is the interior of Sound Exchange, located at 1846 Richmond Avenue in the Montrose District in Houston, Texas. The "Sound Exchange" banner seen before the movie's end is actually the real banner used at the original location, at 1718 Westheimer, before the record store moved to its current location in 1997. See more »

Goofs

The end credits state none of Frank Zappa's albums received a Parental Advisory sticker, when in fact "Jazz From Hell" (ironically a purely instrumental album) was tagged with a Parental Advisory warning by the distributor. See more »

Quotes

Sen. Waters: Mr. Snider, can you tell me why you felt it necessary to *attack* Senator Gore's wife?
Dee Snider: I wasn't attacking Senator Gore's wife.
Sen. Waters: You were *just* attacking Senator Gore's wife by name.
Dee Snider: I was attacking a member of the PMRC by the name of Tipper Gore, who *happens* to be married to a senator on this committee... funny how that worked out.
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Crazy Credits

During the final credits, the movie cuts back and forth between the video for the Twisted Sister song "We're Not Gonna Take It" and shots of the movie's cast and crew dancing and singing along with the song. See more »

Soundtracks

We're Not Gonna Take It
(uncredited)
Written by Dee Snider
Performed by Twisted Sister
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The Changeling
21 April 2017 | by josiahd-688-740393See all my reviews

A young boy's penis can be seen, from a distance. There is a shot from above that shows the young boy. It is not noticeable on a small screen TV. On a large screen TV it can be noticed. Altogether, it is not a big deal. Content in Canada, where the movie was made, may have less standards on this subject than The U.S.


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