The American Way

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Above America in a re-equipped bomber that serves as an anarchic pirate TV station, a motley crew of renegade Viet vets await amnesty from the authorities; but their captain (Hopper) cherishes his outlaw status, and jumps at the chance to wage a sabotage-and-smear campaign against a right-wing, female, war-mongering Presidential candidate. The lame suspense centres around whether S&M TV can expose her before the Pentagon blasts their hi-tech home out of the skies. There are a few endearingly naive swipes at Establishment hypocrisy, but the caricatures are too broad to constitute biting satire, political or otherwise. The celebration of rebellious rock mores is dated and embarrassing; the haywire narrative reflects Maurice Phillips' pop-promo background. Only the dependable Hopper, giving with the crazed visionary hippy once again, offers real wit or conviction, and even he is indulged. Little more than a well-intentioned oddity.
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Release details

UK release:

1986

Duration:

105 mins

Cast and crew

Cast:

Eugene Lipinski, Michael J Pollard, James Aubrey, Dennis Hopper, Nigel Pegram

Director:

Maurice Phillips

Cinematography:

John Metcalfe

Production Designer:

Evan Hercules

Editor:

Tony Lawson

Screenwriter:

Scott Roberts

Producer:

Paul Cowan, Laurie Keller

Music:

Brian Bennett

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