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In 1978, four rebellious teenagers try to scam their way into a KISS concert.

Director:

Adam Rifkin

Writer:

Carl V. Dupré
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Giuseppe Andrews ... Lex
James DeBello ... Trip (as James De Bello)
Edward Furlong ... Hawk
Sam Huntington ... Jam
Lin Shaye ... Mrs. Bruce
Melanie Lynskey ... Beth
Natasha Lyonne ... Christine
Miles Dougal Miles Dougal ... Elvis
Nick Scotti ... Kenny
Emmanuelle Chriqui ... Barbara
David Quane David Quane ... Bobby
Rodger Barton Rodger Barton ... Mr. Bumsteen
Kathryn Haggis Kathryn Haggis ... Mrs. Bumsteen
David Gardner David Gardner ... Priest
Shannon Tweed ... Amanda Finch
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Storyline

Four members of a high school band called Mystery do everything they can to attend a KISS concert in Detroit. In order to make it to the show they must steal, cheat, strip, deal with an anti-rock mom and generally do whatever it takes to see the band that has inspired them to be musicians. Written by an Urban Achiever

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Taglines:

Rock and roll all night. Party every day. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language, drug use and sex-related content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 August 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Kiss Movie See more »

Filming Locations:

Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$34,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,005,512, 15 August 1999

Gross USA:

$4,217,115

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,217,115
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

On the highway, Christine makes a remark about the possibility of KISS producing a disco song. The boys laugh it off, but in fact, in 1979, the year after the movie takes place, KISS did indeed come out with a hit disco song - "I Was Made For Lovin' You". Christine's remark is a joke pertaining to the song. See more »

Goofs

When Jam's mother lights the KISS tickets, she goes to set them in the canister and the tickets are face down. The next close-up shot of the tickets burning, they are facing up. See more »

Quotes

Father Phillip McNulty: I've been giving that sermon for years and I never realised that its the work of some comedy mastermind. The Prodigal Son is a barrel of fucking monkeys.
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Crazy Credits

The New Line Cinema fanfare is played on electric guitar instead of the usual orchestral version. See more »

Alternate Versions

The DVD edition of the film retains more footage not seen in theaters. These scenes are:
  • A longer scene in the car when Lin Shaye and Sam Huntington are driving to St. Bernards Academy.
  • Longer scene on the highway which Natasha Lyonne and her clan is introduced. It runs about 3-5 minutes longer.
  • A longer scene of the opening to which the four boys are singing "Rock N Roll All Nite"
  • Longer confessional scene with Melanie Lynski and Sam Huntington.
  • Longer scene with "Elvis", the custodian.
  • Longer scene with Shannon Tweed and Edward Furlong.
  • At least four alternate takes of the final concert scene.
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Connections

References Kiss: I Was Made for Lovin' You (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Every 1's a Winner
Written by Errol Brown
Performed by Hot Chocolate
Courtesy of EMI Records
Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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4 kids do ANYTHING for KISS tickets in 1978
6 January 2000 | by feydeSee all my reviews

Hilarious...not a brainy or brilliant picture but it carries some off-the-wall moments that make it all worthwhile. The dialogue is unflinchingly crude and certain scenes will just catch you off-guard...definately worth your time. Don't worry if you aren't into KISS...it's more about their journey TO the concert.


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