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Hard Core Logo (1996)

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A group of washed-up Canadian punk rockers get back together for a road trip in memory of a dear friend who was supposedly shot, or so rumors imply. As they travel, they ignore the underlying psychological darkness within each other.

Director:

Bruce McDonald

Writers:

Noel S. Baker (screenwriter), Michael Turner (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Dillon ... Joe Dick / Joseph Mulgrew
Callum Keith Rennie ... Billy Tallent / William Boisy
John Pyper-Ferguson ... John Oxenberger
Bernie Coulson ... Pipefitter
Julian Richings ... Bucky Haight
Benita Ha ... Pipefitter's Girlfriend
Claudia Ferri ... John Oxenberger's Girlfriend
Joey Ramone ... Joey Ramone
Corrine Koslo Corrine Koslo ... Laura Cromartie
Bruce McDonald ... Documentary Filmmaker
Danny Nowak Danny Nowak ... Documentary Cameraman
Jochen A. Schliessler Jochen A. Schliessler ... Documentary Sound Recordist (as Jochen Schliessler)
Jeremy Bishop Jeremy Bishop ... Bongo Player
Tony Tucker Tony Tucker ... Bongo Player
Art Bergmann Art Bergmann ... Self
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Bruce Macdonald follows punk bank Hard Core Logo on a harrowing last-gasp reunion tour throughout Western Canada. As magnetic lead-singer Joe Dick holds the whole magilla together through sheer force of will, all the tensions and pitfalls of life on the road come bubbling to the surface. Written by <Ummagumma@sos.on.sa>

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4 guys, 5 nights, 3000 miles... and one last shot! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language, substance abuse, some violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Trivia

To save money on extras for the band's performance scenes, director Bruce McDonald posted advertisements in area newspapers and sold tickets to the shoot as an actual rock show. Many of the people shown rocking out to the band really paid to be there. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie when Joe is talking to Billy in the bar, Billy lights a cocktail umbrella and puts it out in Joe's beer. However, a minute later, the umbrella is back on the table and Joe is drinking his beer. See more »

Quotes

[His answering machine announcement]
Billy Tallent: I can't come to the phone right now, I'm eating corn chips and masturbating. Please leave a message.
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Crazy Credits

The characters and events depicted in this motion picture are fictional. Any similarities to actual persons, living or dead, is a wild coincidence. Hardly any animals were harmed or abused during the filming of this production. See more »

Connections

References Alphaville (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Tin Soldier
Music and Lyrics written by Gordon Ogilvie and Jake Burns
© Complete Music, Ltd.
Performed by Robert Philipp and Peter Moore
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Really interesting character study NOT to be compared to "This Is Spinal Tap!"
21 January 2006 | by SuperunknovvnSee all my reviews

Let's get it over with right from the beginning: the only thing that "This Is Spinal Tap!" and "Hard Core Logo" have in common is the documentary set up. While Spinal Tap was a comedy that - as the name of the genre "mockumentary" suggests - mocked the heavy metal scene, "Hard Core Logo" is a character study that takes an honest look at a band and life on the road. Actually, the whole framework is rather unnecessary in this movie as it serves no real purpose and characters didn't act like they were in front of a camera (unlike say "The Office", where people behaved as if they were aware of being filmed). Besides, the pictures are shot too beautifully anyway for this to feel like a real documentary. That's not to say "Hard Core Logo" isn't realistic, though. The movie gives us a quite real impression of being in a punk band, caught between different agendas, personalities, power struggles and the sheer need to survive. This is why, apart from a few moments that will make you chuckle, "Hard Core Logo" isn't really trying to be funny, either. Just like real life the tragic moments outweigh the comedic ones by far. The acting is great and the soundtrack is accurate, two very important things to make a movie about punk rock work. Apart from maybe the drummer the band members aren't over-subscribed and you can really see guys like Joe Dick or Billy Talent playing in actual bands (guess what, Hugh Dillon actually was the singer of his own band, The Headstones). "Hard Core Logo" works on every level and is very entertaining to watch, too. There are quite a few details in the story hinted at rather subtly, which you're probably not going to get the first time around, so a second or third viewing is recommended.


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Country:

Canada

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

11 October 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hard Core Logo auf Reunion-Tour See more »

Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,864, 15 November 1998

Gross USA:

$14,540

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,540
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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