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The Runaways (2010)

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A coming-of-age biographical film about the 1970s teenage all-girl rock band The Runaways. The relationship between band members Cherie Currie and Joan Jett is also explored.

Director:

Floria Sigismondi

Writers:

Floria Sigismondi (screenplay), Cherie Currie (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kristen Stewart ... Joan Jett
Dakota Fanning ... Cherie Currie
Michael Shannon ... Kim Fowley
Stella Maeve ... Sandy West
Scout Taylor-Compton ... Lita Ford
Alia Shawkat ... Robin
Riley Keough ... Marie Currie
Johnny Lewis ... Scottie
Tatum O'Neal ... Cherie's Mom
Brett Cullen ... Cherie's Dad
Hannah Marks ... Tammy
Jill Andre ... Aunt Evie
Ray Porter Ray Porter ... Band Member
Kiaya Snow Kiaya Snow ... Cashier
Allie Grant ... Club Girl
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Storyline

In 1975, San Fernando Valley teen Joan Larkin reinvents herself as Joan Jett, a guitarist who wants to form an all-girl punk band. She pitches the idea to a sleazy manager, Kim Fowley, who pairs her with a drummer and then searches for a face: he finds Cherie Currie, at age 15, the perfect jailbait image for his purpose; by luck, she can sing. Two others round out the band, The Runaways. Fowley books a tour, signs them to Mercury Records, and packs them off to crowds in Japan. Seeds of conflict sprout early: Fowley puts Cherie front and center in the publicity, she's soon strung out on drugs and vodka, and jealousies arise. Without adult supervision, where can Joan and Cherie end up? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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In rock 'n' roll, there's a first time for everything. Based on a true story. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, drug use and sexual content - all involving teens | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 March 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Neon Angels See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$805,115, 21 March 2010

Gross USA:

$3,573,673

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,681,651
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

While filming this movie, Kristen Stewart cut her trademark long, full hair into an uneven 'shag' hairstyle. Photos of the hairstyle were released on June 11, 2009, garnering a great deal of media attention. See more »

Goofs

When copies of a Japanese magazine are distributed to the band members, the cover is on the wrong side, as in a western magazine. Japanese magazine covers are on the opposite side, as publications are all right to left. See more »

Quotes

Joan Jett: Hey, what kinda amps do you guys got?
Guitar Teacher: Um, I think for now we'll remain... unplugged.
Joan Jett: No man, I wanna play, like Chuck Berry. "Johnny B. Goode", you know?
Guitar Teacher: We'll get there. We'll get to Johnny. But for now... 'On top of Old Smoky. All covered with snow. I lost my true sweetheart. From a-courtin' too slow... '
Joan Jett: "Old Smoky"? That's goofy, man. How 'bout "Smoke on the Water"? Come on, I know you know that one.
Guitar Teacher: Finger the E chord, like so. 'On top of Old Smoky... '
Joan Jett: 'All covered in blow... I dumped my ...
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Alternate Versions

The UK version removes the glue-sniffing scene in order to obtain a 15 rating (and thus avoid a higher 18 rating). See more »

Connections

Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.8 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Fever
Written by Eddie Cooley and Otis Blackwell (as John Davenport)
Additional lyrics by Peggy Lee (uncredited)
Performed by Peggy Lee
Courtesy of Capitol Records Nashville
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll
12 April 2010 | by kwoods-5See all my reviews

I've been a Runaways fan since 1976, so I had been anticipating this film for a long time. Having read Cherie Currie's book, Neon Angel, on which the film is very loosely based, I was pretty familiar with the broad outlines of the story. As with any film adaptation of a book, I knew they would leave some things out and streamline other things, and I also suspected the film wouldn't be as dark as the book, which turned out to be true.

What the film really nailed was the relationship between the Runaways and their sleazy manager/producer Kim Fowley. Michael Shannon does a fabulous job playing this over-the-top character. His expletive-filled rants are simultaneously hilarious and cringe-worthy.

The stars, Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning, are both excellent as Joan Jett and Cherie Currie, respectively. Stewart displays Jett's consuming passion for rock and roll and her desire to work hard to be a star. Fanning does a very good job balancing Currie's conflicting desires (to be a rock star and be with her family). It's no secret that the film doesn't spend much time with the other three members of the band. I have no problem with that, since Jett and Currie are, for me, the most interesting and most talented members.

The film does a great job showing the band performing. Stewart and Fanning clearly worked hard to be believable as rockers, and it paid off. You see the progression of both characters from neophytes to seasoned performers, and it works. Another aspect is the struggle by the Runaways to be taken seriously. There were very few hard-rocking ladies in 1976, so they faced a lot of skepticism. The film shows this very well.

The music is very good. The new versions of Runaways songs are good, although Fanning sounds nothing like Currie. The period songs are a nice selection, from David Bowie to Gary Glitter to the Stooges. The filmmakers nailed the look of the period as well. The clothes, hair, furniture, etc., are just right.

Overall, this is an excellent film. I highly recommend it.


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