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The American Way (1986)

A group of Vietnam vets disturbs television programs from a B-29 airplane. They want to sabotage Mrs Westinghouse's political campaign who is running for the Senate in support of US ... See full summary »

Director:

Maurice Phillips

Writer:

Scott Roberts
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Hopper ... The Captain
Michael J. Pollard ... Tesla
Eugene Lipinski ... Ace
James Aubrey ... Claude
Al Matthews ... Benedict
William Armstrong William Armstrong ... Jerry
Michael Ho ... Minh
Scott Hoxby ... Sam (as Derek Hoxby)
Nigel Pegram ... Mrs. Westinghouse
Mark Caven ... Don
Craig Pinder Craig Pinder ... Irving
Jeff Harding ... Doug
Linda Lou Allen Linda Lou Allen ... Mary
Norman Chancer Norman Chancer ... Dr. King
Gwen Humble ... Linda
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Storyline

A group of Vietnam vets disturbs television programs from a B-29 airplane. They want to sabotage Mrs Westinghouse's political campaign who is running for the Senate in support of US military involvement in South America. Mrs Westinghouse orders some nuclear missiles to be launched against the saboteurs, but they manage to avoid the impact and even succeed in exposing a big secret of hers. Written by Salvatore Santangelo <pappagone2@libero.it>

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Comedy | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 November 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Riders of the Storm See more »

Filming Locations:

Glen Canyon, Utah, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby (Surround Sound)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Last cinema film of Manning Redwood. See more »

Goofs

When Sam is picked up from the building, with a rope ladder hanging from the belly of the the B-29, for a brief moment the landing skids of a helicopter are visible.

However, as the Aspect ratio listed for the film is 1.33 : 1 (negative ratio) 1.85 : 1 (intended ratio), it leads me to believe we're seeing things that were meant to be "matted" out at the top and bottom to make the aspect ratio 1.85 : 1. There is also a scene where the religious group is shooting or doing a commercial and we see a boom microphone at the bottom of the screen. This also would have been "matted" out at 1.85 : 1. See more »

Crazy Credits

The closing credits of the film include a video screen showing the film itself being played backwards at high speed. See more »

Alternate Versions

Originally released in Great Britain with the title "The American Way" at 105 minutes; was recalled, recut and re-released in the rest of the world a shorter 92-minutes version as "Riders of the Storm". See more »

Connections

References Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Lucky Me
Performed by Icehouse
Written by Iva Davies & Bob Kretschmer (as Bob Kretschmer)
Published by I.D. Music / R.G.K. Music
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records Inc.
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A surprise gem!
11 March 2011 | by crystalartSee all my reviews

I've been collecting Dennis Hopper films for some time. Tonight I decided to watch "Riders of the Storm" and I'm happily impressed! I bought a VHS copy of it on line for less than $2.00, and a DVD version is over $30.! This movie falls in the category of "Off Beat" or beyond.

Hopper played a Vietnam vet in "Apocalpse Now", but this one is much, much closer to one of my all time favorites, "O.C. & Stiggs".

My first reaction (and it's still playing), is that it's a combination of "Max Headroom" and "Pray TV".

Wonderful entertainment if you like the style.

Hope you can find a copy.


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