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Straight to Hell [DVD] [1987] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Sy Richardson , Joe Strummer , Alex Cox    DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Sy Richardson, Joe Strummer, Dick Rude, Courtney Love, Gloria Miralles Ruiz
  • Directors: Alex Cox
  • Writers: Dick Rude, Alex Cox
  • Producers: Cary Brokaw, Eric Fellner, Paul Raphael, Scott Millaney
  • Format: Anamorphic, Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: 24 April 2001
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059POZ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 411,480 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



By all rights, Alex Cox's absurdist spaghetti western Straight to Hell, should be up there in the canon of must-see cult movies. It was written in three days and filmed gonzo-style in six weeks in the Andalusian desert landscape of Almeria, Spain, on an abandoned film set originally built for Savage Cowboys, a 1969 Charles Bronson western. The cast includes the good, the bad and the ugly of rock and roll--namely Joe Strummer, Courtney Love (in her first starring role) and Shane McGowan--and cameos from Dennis Hopper, Grace Jones and Jim Jarmusch. It also features a pre-Reservoir Dogs plot concerning three sharp-suited but incompetent hitmen on the lam in the desert with the proceeds of a bank heist and a pregnant girlfriend in tow (Love). There they stumble upon a remote, ramshackle town, home to a gang of coffee-guzzling gunslingers called the McMahons (the Pogues) who initially accept the bumbling assassins as one of their own. But the appearance of shadowy industrialist IG Farben (Hopper) throws the precarious peace into a trigger-happy turmoil. Despite the promise, the film was almost universally panned on its release, the main criticism being that although the cast and crew seemed to having a blast, not much thought was put into translating the joke to the audience. It's certainly anarchic and frivolous, but also silly and pointless. Sy Richardson as the Jheri-curled Norwood who steals the show, remaining stoic and super-cool as the chaos rages around him.

On the DVD: "Back to Hell", a 20-minute feel-good featurette, reunites the majority of the cast members (minus Courtney Love) 14 years on to reminisce on their experience making the film. At the end, Alex Cox cannily manages to elicit guarantees from the actors to appear in a mooted sequel. The original dialogue plays at low volume underneath the commentary track, making it hard to hear what the filmmakers are saying at various points. A promo video for the Pogues rendition of "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" is tacked on at the end, but looks as if it was sourced from a worn videotape. --Chris Campion

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most wacked out films I've ever seen. 27 Mar 2003
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This is the kind of film that you'll either love or hate; there's no in-between. It's a psuedo-spaghetti western that manages to pay homage to the genre while sending it up with obvious glee. Filmed on Sergio Leone's favourite set in Spain, it stars Sy Richardson (Samuel L must have seen his performance before appearing in "Pulp Fiction") as the leader of a trio of inept hitmen-come-bankrobbers, with his pregnant and extremely whiney girlfriend in tow. Add to the mix a family of schizophrenic, homicidal and coffee addicted Mexican style bandits played by the Pogues, Elvis Costello as their butler, Edward Tudor-Pole, Amazulu, Denis Hopper and Grace Jones in cameo roles and, most importantly, a highly memorable and rather impressive performance from Joe Strummer as one of the hitmen, and you have the ingredients for a completely nutty 89 minutes that'll make you laugh out loud or switch off within half an hour. It doesn't necessarily follow that if you admire Alex Cox's work you'll enjoy this film but if your sense of humour is a little off kilter then you won't regret buying a copy. It's hilarious, I promise (but maybe I'm just weird). Besides which, it's beautifully filmed and worth a gander for the wonderful cast alone.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A wild punk western 1 Jun 2001
This Alex Cox film was enjoyable, it has allot of his usual cast members from his other films. I am not sure of the date it's sett but I don't think it matters. The film has allot of music stars in it and is more of a homage to the wildness of them opposed to a western with a plot. It's a humourous film though, with amusing little touches and a general feel of madness and perhaps stupidity to it. It's a bit of an aquired taste but it's worth a look for the interesting style, strangeness and music stars performances, aswell as Dennis Hoppers brief cameo.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Coffee-fuelled madness 18 May 2012
By Syd Ure
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Honestly, this DVD is a must for anyone into deranged punk-westerns.... It's nothing too complex, is clever and very funny. Definitely recommended to anyone into comical action-filled films. Quality isn't superb, but not really noticeable as you get into it. Well done, and overall worth watching at least once - so don't hesitate, get a copy!

And hey, who doesn't like seeing Joe Strummer in a pair of Y-Fronts?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Insane 27 Nov 2011
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This film could be a lot better. The only really attractive feature of it is the incredible range of cast members, who aren't all necessarily great actors or get the roles they deserve but some of them shine, in particular Joe Strummer who's just effortlessly cool and the Pogues, who just seemed to be having a whale of a time playing crazed bandits, which fitted them rather well. Thankfully, the film offers a little bit more than a parade of stars.
For one thing, there's the soundtrack, which is pretty decent, featuring some spaghetti western rip offs and one or two brilliant numbers from the Pogues (they even sing 'Danny Boy' in one scene!). Secondly, the film looks good, with an atmospheric setting and a lot of effort and detail going into the rapidly increasing grunge. Thirdly, there is some pretty good shooting (both with camera and guns) and there is some genuine use of tension here. Fourthly, you can't deny that it's an imaginative picture and that the people behind and in front of the camera were clearly enjoying themselves.
I think the major problem with the film, though, is how rushed it feels. Basically, Alex Cox collected all these people together for a rock n roll tour and when the money fell through, they made a film in Spain instead, the screenplay for which was quickly bashed out. There's room for improvement dialogue and plot wise, a lot of which feels rather silly and cliched, and while there is tension, some scenes and characters deserve more screen time.
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3 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars definately straight to hell 30 Nov 2002
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this is possibly the worst film ive ever seen.courtney love says about 5 words, and the acticg is atrocious. the story is nonexistant and the dialogue is awful.
this "film" bored and confused me to tears!
dont do it!
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