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Rockets Redglare! (2003)

Documentary on Rockets Redglare (aka Michael Morra), a colorful figure on the New York City art scene up until his death in 2001. In his life, Redglare was the bodyguard/drug dealer to Sid ... See full summary »
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Gary Ray ... Himself
Rockets Redglare Rockets Redglare ... Himself
Willem Dafoe ... Himself
Matt Dillon ... Himself
Jim Jarmusch ... Himself
Steve Buscemi ... Himself
Julian Schnabel ... Himself
Nick Zedd ... Himself
Rene Heras Rene Heras ... Herself
Elizabeth English Elizabeth English ... Herself
Indian Larry Indian Larry ... Himself
Alexandre Rockwell Alexandre Rockwell ... Himself
Rachel Amodeo Rachel Amodeo ... Herself
Donald Baechler Donald Baechler ... Himself
M. Henry Jones M. Henry Jones ... Himself
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Documentary on Rockets Redglare (aka Michael Morra), a colorful figure on the New York City art scene up until his death in 2001. In his life, Redglare was the bodyguard/drug dealer to Sid Vicious and Jean Michel Basquiat, a stand-up comedian (he toured with Steve Buscemi), and an actor in over 30 films, including "Stranger Than Paradise", "Down by Law", and "Mystery Train". Redglare died from liver failure and hepatitis C, which was brought on by years of heroin abuse and plenty of other drugs. Written by Anonymous

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English

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3 September 2004 (USA) See more »

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13 December 2004 | by annsliuSee all my reviews

A good documentary is one that tells a fascinating story. What is more fascinating than Rockets' life? I did not know who he was, but after seeing this documentary, I've realized that I've seen 80% of the movies he's been in. Everyone has a life story and needs someone who loves them enough to document it. The fact that this film was made with absolutely no budget and borrowed equipment by ONE person says something about luis's love for this man. The rawness of some of the footage is a good representation of rockets' life.

Film should start a dialog. This film definitely does that and more. Just look at the other review-if someone hated it so much to write such a long and dissecting review, then they must feel something for this film. It's easy to criticize, it's hard to actually do it. I think it's a brave first film and i applaud Luis for having the guts to do it.


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