1 h 35 min1995R
Cliff Spab is held hostage for a grueling 36 days with every move recorded on national TV. On release he finds he has become a household name which provides to be imprisonment of a different sort.
Jefery Levy
Stephen DorffReese WitherspoonJake Busey
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Joey Lauren AdamsPamela Gidley
Dale PollockSigurjon Sighvatsson
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4.6 out of 5 stars

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Daniel SmithReviewed in the United States on December 1, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Stole this from Tower Records in the 90s
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We had a cult movie section at our local Tower Records back in the day and this was one of the movies we boosted. I was thinking of it lately since everything in the US is so tumultuous right now. No one is getting along, we're ass-deep in a pandemic that too many people think is a hoax. Our soon to be ex-President has enabled a depressingly large subset of society to let their worst flags fly, and we're shockingly split as a nation.
I remember the gist of the movie was how the main character accidentally started a trend and a catch phrase of So F--ing What. And at the end some girl shoots him while screaming "Everything Matters!" and then THAT replaced his nihilism and people started caring again.
Aside from the commentary about how pop culture is easily swayed to contradict itself, I really just needed to see that pivotal scene, because I'm hoping we get to that "Everything Matters!!!" part of America soon. I know we're fighting the good fight, working towards a more fair and equitable future for everyone, but sometimes when reading the news it's easy to slouch and say, "Eff it." (does Amazon censor swear words? I'll err on the side of safety).
Anyhoo, the movie was prime 90s indy cinema and while it was a bit cheesy in some bits (Jake Busey went a little too hard), I got what I needed from the movie. It didn't disappoint.
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John PopeReviewed in the United States on November 24, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Movie Commentary On Media Sensationalism
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..And it was made in the early '90s.
They got much mileage on a lower budget film. For every cheesy line, there are two wonderfully delivered ones.
The subject of the movie, the media sensationalized surviving "hero" of a terrorist hostage situation, is attempting to reintegrate back into society after months of captivity. Yet the hyper media mauling and resultant fame becomes the main focus of the movie. An even more relevant topic than it was in the '90s. Excellent movie despite the occasionally awkward quick-take line.

There are familiar faces playing the parts and, for the most part, they do a good job of portraying their characters. More so than the budget allowed, I'm sure.

Bonus: the soundtrack is superb! Excellent alt-90s rock of the period, along with some earlier extras. Even some Gwar music video cameo. A bit alt of the alt songwise.
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Alisia Russell Reviewed in the United States on January 26, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Movie
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I remember this movie when I was a teenager and couldn't really remember the name. When I finally found out the title of the movie I quickly ordered it for my collection of movies. Perfect if you're a Reese Witherspoon fan. Provides a great storyline plot. Great movie I'd watch more than once.
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TawnyaReviewed in the United States on May 13, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Yasssss! Great movie
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I love this movie! Came on time and everything was great. Yay! I am so happy to have this flick in my collection!
jessica chaosReviewed in the United States on November 5, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great movie!
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Bought on the recommendation of a friend and have watched it several times already. Great film.
AmReviewed in the United States on December 16, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good price, good movie
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Great movie
Jared D. ConlinReviewed in the United States on September 23, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
underated social commentary
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if you liked Starship Troopers for the propaganda videos you will love this
Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on August 31, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
A light on the media
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I saw this movie when it first came out. It truly is a look at how the media drives a story. With how the media is now driving every story, this movie is kinda prophetic.
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