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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$147,724

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$157,645
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

David Carradine was originally supposed to reappear towards the end, but he walked off the movie before the original intended ending was shot, and hence the ending had to be re-written without him. See more »

Quotes

Gloria: You're just a couple of self-indulgent pussies burrowing into your own stupid little cocoons. You probably love that "don't worry, be happy" song.
Sam: Hey, I hated that song.
Gloria: There's a whole world changing out there. If you wanna die in the vine of the implying decline, it's up to you.
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Referenced in Fight Club (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Redneck Charm
Performed by Tex and The Groovy Rednecks
Written and Published by T.W. Troester and Joe Garcia
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It's not the destination that counts, it's the journey there.
5 October 2000 | by jrabbit-2See all my reviews

A blue-collar joe seeking to fulfil a dead man's last wish finds himself sucked into a spiritual journey and questioning his own life.

This is a film that lends itself to being misunderstood. Previous comments have listed it as "rambling", and I can see where it might appear that way. Just remember the name of the film. It's not about the quest to bury ashes. It's about personal enlightenment and breaking away from a static, nowhere life.

Rich characters and counter-cultural icons litter this film. Definitely a find if you're a fan of movies like "Alice's Restaurant" and "Fritz the Cat".


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