Detroit Rock City

Directed By: Adam Rifkin Starring: Natasha Lyonne Edward Furlong

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by on 12/12/1999

This is a very enjoyable movie that best describes both life in high school and going to see the hottest band in the world.....KISS. Just as they open every show it holds true with "Detroit Rock City," if you want the best you got the best, so buy the best...get this video!

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by on 1/2/2000

This movie had it all. It remenised of a time when I often feel that I should have grown up in. If you like rock and roll, and you know what it's like to love a band so much that you would do ANYTHING to go see them, then you will certainly enjoy this soon-to-be classic. And what's more... KISS is in it! Who could as for a better film? Loved it from beginning to end.

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It's 1978 and four midwestern high school students are on an unstoppable mission to score kiss concert tickets. The quartet faces obstacles along the way, from authoritarian nightmares and parental hypocrisy to trials of conscience and the ever present influence of disco in their pursuit of a rock-n-roll fantasy.


Studio New Line
SKU 40123016
UPC 794043489921
UPC 14 00794043489921
Format DVD
Release Date 9/28/2010
Rating Rating
Road Trips
Rock Concerts
Teenage Heroes
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note The year is 1978: the KISS Army is at the height of its powers. Enter card-carrying members Hawk (Edward Furlong), Trip, Lex, and Jam, four Detroit teenagers who will do anything to go to the KISS show. As we follow them through one day, we see the insane lengths these shaggy-haired young chaps will go to in order to see their favorite rock-and-roll superheroes at a Detroit arena. The band themselves show up in full regalia as their 1978 selves, but Natasha Lyonne steals the show as a sweet young disco mama.
Variety "...Gonzo visual energy....Ear-splittingly loud and a helluva lotta fun..." p.39-40
Rolling Stone "...DETROIT ROCK CITY takes on [Kiss] with affection and humor..." 09/02/1999 p.125
Sight and Sound "...The era's celebratory rock is expertly recreated, with lots of knowing in-jokes..." 11/??/1999 p.42-3
Box Office "...Fancy camerawork, clever one-liners, silly slapstick comedy and classic gross-out moments..." 10/01/1999 p.58
USA Today "...There's certainly a lot of youthful exuberance on tap..." 08/13/1999 p.9E
Total Film "...[With a] witty script..." 07/01/2000 p.118
Adam Rifkin
Natasha Lyonne
Edward Furlong
Cast & Crew
Edward Furlong - Actor
Giuseppe Andrews - Actor
James DeBello - Actor
Natasha Lyonne - Actor
John R. Leonetti - Cinematographer
Rosanna Norton - Costume Designer
Adam Rifkin - Director
Mark Goldblatt, et al. - Editor
J. Peter Robinson - Musical Score
Michael De Luca, et al. - Producer
Steve Hardie - Production Designer
Carl V. DuprŽ - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1999
Catalog ID 4899
UPC 00794043489921
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 95 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review Detroit Rock City has two built-in audiences. Teenagers. And people who were teenagers in the late 1970s, when the action takes place. It's about four suburban high school boys who are desperate to go to a KISS concert in Detroit -- the city immortalized in the band's ridiculous but irresistible song Detroit Rock City. Director Adam Rifkin and screenwriter Carl V. Dupre capture something that hasn't been conveyed as well on film since Modern Girls, a low-budget gem from 1986. They capture the magic of one special night, the kind that can only happen when a person is young. How they succeed is by remembering that such nights don't start special. At the beginning, they're ordinary, and in the middle, they usually seem like trouble. The special night is built moment by moment -- or, in the movies, shot by shot. The effect is cumulative. There's a beautifully shot scene in which the guys drive near the concert arena, as the street fills with fans, and the word "KISS" flashes in electric lights. By shooting the street through the windshield, Rifkin helps adults remember how a rock concert is perceived through teenage eyes. It's huge, and the city feels enchanted -- and tawdry in the nicest way. Like American Pie, the picture is about four guys, but in this one, two stand out. Edward Furlong has had the aura of a movie star since he was a child in Terminator 2, and he hasn't lost it as a teenager... The story takes place over a period of about 16 hours, taking the boys through their high school day and into the city for the show. The incidents are funny and evoke the times... The animus between the rock fans and the disco lovers is very 1978. So is the soundtrack. The picture features a lot of music specific to 1977-78, some of it obscure, such as Hot Chocolate's "Every 1's a Winner" and the Runaways' "School Days." While it's possible to have a great time with the movie without having any interest in KISS, it should be noted that the band does make an appearance.
Reviewer Mick LaSalle
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Platinum Series, Deleted Scenes
Product Attributes
Actor Furlong,Edward
Label Turner Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle Director Adam Rifkin and screenwriter Carl V. Dupre... capture the magic of one special night.

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