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A 1987 film directed by Alex Cox

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Get the long coats boys. Alex Cox's homage to the Italian western.

  • Sep 23, 2009
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Straight to Hell was Alex Cox's tribute/homage to the Italian western.  Sy Richardson, Dick Rude and Joe Strummer star as Norwood, Willy and Simms, three bumbling hitmen/thieves who wake up late and screw up their murder-for-hire gig.  Then they pull off a sloppy heist (dropping half the stolen money whilst making a getaway).  Their car breaks down in the middle of desert and the trio of bandits along with Norwood's "old lady" Velma (Courtney Love) head off to find the nearest town and hide out until the "heats off".  They find a rundown town that's ruled by the McMahon Clan (The Pogues).  The McMahons are a gang of desperadoes who are addicted to caffeine and they don't like outsiders.  Will Norwood and company be able to hide out and live to spend their money or will the McMahons and the rest of the townies make their stay miserable?  Elvis Costello, Biff Yeager, Xander Berkley, Grace Jones, Dennis Hopper, Zander Schloss, Edward Tudor-Pole, Jennifer Balgobin, Jim Jarmusch and Miguel Sandoval co-star.

Weird film from Alex Cox (but that's not saying much) that was highly influential on one Quentin Tarantino.
Norwood was the prototype for the character of Jules from Pulp Fiction and a few other things from this film can be found in their as well.  The movie was shot in southern Spain and for some reason it was rated R even though the language is mild and the violence is about PG-13.  The Pogues, Elvis Costello and Zander Schloss contribute to the soundtrack composing music in a similar vein to the sounds of Ennio Morricone.  A fun offbeat film that will entertain film fans and those who enjoy Italian westerns.

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Director: Alex Cox
Genre: Action, Comedy, Western, Adventure
Release Date: June 26, 1987
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Alex Cox, Dick Rude
Runtime: 86 minutes
Studio: Commies From Mars Corporation
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