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Straight to Hell Returns2010

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  • 3.2
STRAIGHT TO HELL RETURNS, directed by Alex Cox, is a new version of Cox's 1986 feature STRAIGHT TO HELL. Four hapless bank robbers bury their loot and attempt to hide out in a deserted desert town. But the town is not deserted. Feasting, song, and inevitable deaths ensue. Featuring digitally improved violence and cruelty, six missing scenes and a new color design by cinematographer Tom Richmond. Norwood (Sy Richardson), Sims (Joe Strummer) and Willy (Dick Rude) are three black-suited killers-for-hire. Paid to murder one Mr Greenburg, they oversleep and miss their target. To escape the wrath of their employer, Mr Dade (Jim Jarmusch), they head for the desert, robbing a bank en route. Along for the ride is Norwood's bride, Velma (Courtney Love), pregnant with Norwood's child. When their car dies in a ravine, the robbers bury their money and head for a lonely town to hide out "till the heat blows down". A dead man in an overturned car greets them. Next morning, a horde of bandits, the McMahon clan (the Pogues), descends upon the town.

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"...actively mocks the idea that violence could ever have a positive value beyond providing immediately gratifying spectacle." - Simon Abrams, Keyframe


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Norwood: Synchronize your watches. Ten o'clock.

Willy: Ten-thirty.

Simms: One minute to nine.

Norwood: Close enough...

I watched this about a decade ago & loathed it. But being a huge fan of Repo Man & Walker, I had to give this one another try. Glad I did cuz even though its not as brilliant as Cox's twin masterpieces its still a funny & entertaining flick. Too bad they didn't digitally remove Courtney Love though... Still sooo annoying in this movie.

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Norwood: Synchronize your watches. Ten o'clock.

Willy: Ten-thirty.

Simms: One minute to nine.

Norwood: Close enough...

I watched this about a decade ago & loathed it. But being a huge fan of Repo Man & Walker, I had to give this one another try. Glad I did cuz even though its not as brilliant as Cox's twin masterpieces its still a funny & entertaining flick. Too bad they didn't digitally remove Courtney Love though... Still sooo annoying in this movie.

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The greatest Punk Rock Spaghetti Western ever made! If you're looking for tight plotting, structure and character development, you're screwed. This is outlaw, improvisational filmmaking on a decayed old Spaghetti Western set in the deserts of Spain...the Good, the Bad, and the Coffee! It's a cult film with a cult cast, a bandoleer full of quotable lines, a rocking soundtrack, and razor-sharp camerawork, lensed by Tom Richmond.

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I admire Alex Cox, and generally enjoy his work. Repo Man, Walker, and Sid and Nancy are all masterworks, in my opinion. I always had a much harder time with Straight to Hell, though, a film that didn't seem to know what it was, or even how to continue at times. I was excited to see that Mr. Cox had re-edited the film, and was hoping for a final version that was not so vague and wandering. To his credit, Mr. Cox did clean the film up and sharpen its focus a bit, but it remains just watchable, and still a hard slog. I give it 3 stars, mostly for the joy of seeing many of my favorite punk heroes on screen, but I will admit that I am being generous here.

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Damn!!! Spaghetti western, surrealists, with slight shades of El Topo, even!!! Hard to say if I liked it or hated it, too confusing. But Courtney Love is gorgeous in this. So 3 stars.

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I thought this film was very good work.The best thing about it was you could,nt tell what it was classifed as Ithought it was a western at first.Then a car went by in the backround. I was laughing so hard after the cast began singing O,DANNY BOY.

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Saw this film when it came out back in the 80s. Have wanted to own it for years and noticed that it JUST came back out on DVD. Now, here it is again with some added scenes and digitally touched up in places.

It's a comedy, but one that you have to "get". Money, guns and coffee....

This has to be one of my Fave cult films of the 80s. It's a comedy, a western and an action pic with Joe Strummer (The Clash), The Pogues, Elvis Costello and more! Well worth a viewing!

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Never a dull or predictable moment when Reservoir Dog characters hideout in a anachronistic, surreal spaghetti western town of espresso-loving villains, sombrero hats and wiener dog vendors. Explosive (and cruel) violence, beautiful desert and pueblo locations, numerous counter culture cameos and hilarious dialog also keep things interesting.

Amateur

I rather liked this movie.

not in the mood for this..

I never figured out what was going on. A strange movie.

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That was a wild n crazy one that was lol.

Highly stylized collision of noir and western. Nonsensical, but a fun ride.

really cofucing, hard to keep who is who

Interesting cast playing interesting characters. Weird film. Kind of a Mad Max meets Rocky Horror Picture Show?

ITS PRETTY GOOD

Great for what it is

A lot of crazy fun. There's actually a plot, sort of, and then it literally gets blown to bits, like most of the characters. A wacky, edgy, low-budget noir-crime western that any film buff will love.