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Roadside Prophets (1992)

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Two strangers meet on the road and travel through Nevada on motorcycle to find an elusive spot where they can dump another man's ashes.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Doe ... Joe Mosely
David Anthony Marshall ... Dave Coleman
Judyth Thurman ... Stripper
Biff Yeager ... Bartender
Sonna Chavez Sonna Chavez ... Angie Abbott
Adam Horovitz ... Sam
Erica Rogers ... Housekeeper
JD Cullum ... Mr. Andrews (as J.D. Cullum)
Ebbe Roe Smith ... Journalist
David Swinson David Swinson ... Fred Nieman
Aaron Lustig ... Morning Desk Clerk
Arlo Guthrie ... Harvey
Timothy Leary ... Salvadore
Pam Lambert ... Mini-Mart Cashier
Beth DePatie Beth DePatie ... Daisy
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Storyline

Bizarre and surreal road movie about a biker and his unlikely sidekick. On a quest to fulfill a friend's last wish, Joe takes to the desert road on his 1957 Harley-Davidson and meets a succession of odd characters, including Sam. Sam begins following Joe, on a quest of his own, which necessitates staying in Motel 9's wherever they go. Themes such as friendship, faith, and isolation are brought into sharp relief by strange situations, the lonely road, and the stark emptiness of the desert. There are also several humorous cameos. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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They weren't born to be wild. It just turned out that way.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and a scene of drug use | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 1992 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Asphalt-Propheten See more »

Filming Locations:

Barstow, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,066, 29 March 1992

Gross USA:

$147,724

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$147,724
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

John Doe's second daughter was born on the first day of filming. See more »

Quotes

Casper: FREE FOOD FOR THE POOR!
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Divining Rod
Performed and Written by David Carradine
Published by Sweet Bucks Music (ASCAP)
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Uneven but cool 90s road movie.
4 September 2001 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

Road movies aren't easy to pull off. 'Roadside Prophets' tries and isn't entirely successful, but still has enough cool scenes and good intentions to make it worth watching. Musicians turned actors, Doe (X) and Horovitz (Beastie Boys) play bikers who form an uneasy partnership. One of the problems with the movie is right there - Doe is a natural actor, Horovitz isn't, and doesn't convince.

Anyway, the two set out travelling across America, in a deliberate homage to 'Easy Rider', and the movie in a subtle way is a eulogy for the 60s and a comment on the changes America has seen since then. Many interesting faces pop up in cameos - John Cusack, Timothy Leary, David Carradine, Don Cheadle and Alex Cox regular Biff Yeager to name several - which is half the fun. Especially Cusack's character. It was a pity there wasn't more of him here.

'Roadside Prophets' is uneven, but still enjoyable. If you like this I suggest you have a look at the road movies of Canadian director Bruce McDonald, especially his superb 'Highway 61', a more original and successful movie than this.


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