Suburbia

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Overview

Following up her critically acclaimed documentary The Decline of Western Civilization, Penelope Spheeris made this gritty drama her first feature-film outing. Bill Coyne stars as Evan Johnson, an angst-ridden kid living in L.A., who bands together with a group of other young societal rejects and immerses himself in the mid-'80s punk rock scene. Most of the cast was comprised of actual teenagers off the streets of Los Angeles. Among them is Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea. Suburbia is also known as The Wild ...
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Overview

Following up her critically acclaimed documentary The Decline of Western Civilization, Penelope Spheeris made this gritty drama her first feature-film outing. Bill Coyne stars as Evan Johnson, an angst-ridden kid living in L.A., who bands together with a group of other young societal rejects and immerses himself in the mid-'80s punk rock scene. Most of the cast was comprised of actual teenagers off the streets of Los Angeles. Among them is Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea. Suburbia is also known as The Wild Side and Rebel Streets, and should not be confused with the 1996 Richard Linklater film of the same name.
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Special Features

Audio commentary with director Penelope Spheeris; New audio commentary with director Penelope Spheeris, producer Bert Dragin and actress Jennifer Clay; Still gallery; Trailers
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
The first narrative feature film from Penelope Spheeris, Suburbia is an '80s classic along the same lines as her punk rock documentary The Decline of Western Civilization. Shot in Southern California during the Reagan era, Suburbia effectively captures the time and place that could create a group of discordant young people into a group called "the Rejected." Casting real-life street kids, Spheeris achieves the realism that Hollywood actors couldn't have offered, but the movie still suffers from amateur acting and shoddy production. However, the technical details aren't really the point for the D.I.Y. attitude of the intended audience. With Roger Corman producing, this sociological study is filled with action, chases, and some violence for low-budget entertainment value. The music is a vital element, and fans will be pleased to see footage of bands like T.S.O.L. and the Vandals, as well as the acting debut of Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Made before the idea of punk rock became overwhelmingly marketable and before Spheeris moved on to mainstream fare like Wayne's World, Suburbia ranks up there with Repo Man as an enjoyable rebellious '80s teen movie.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/4/2010
  • UPC: 826663118872
  • Original Release: 1983
  • Rating:

  • Source: Shout Factory
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:35:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 25,160

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bill Coyne Evan
Chris Pederson Jack
Timothy Eric O'Brien Tom
Jennifer Clay Sheila
Wade Walston Joe
Grant Miner Keef
Donald V. Allen Officer Rennard
Christina Beck Tiresa
Gil Christner Jerry 7-11
Maggie Ehrig Mattie
Flea Razzle
Robert E. Griffin Baby
James Harrison Repaint Store Man
Ray Lawrence Elderly Man
John McCormack Bouncer
J. Dinan Myrtetus Sheila's Father
Andrew Pece Ethan
Robert Peyton Jim Triplett
Jeff Prettyman Bob Skokes
Anna Schoeller Anna
Julie Winchester Blonde
Mike B
D.I.
TSOL
The Vandals
Technical Credits
Penelope Spheeris Director, Screenwriter
Ross Albert Editor
Nancy Arnold Set Decoration/Design
Roger Corman Producer
Bert Dragin Producer
Alex Gibson Score Composer
Tim Suhrstedt Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Suburbia
1. Main Titles [7:12]
2. Have Some Fun [6:57]
3. What A Drag [9:04]
4. TR House [9:40]
5. Nice Day [8:10]
6. Recruit [8:37]
7. Begging For It [8:02]
8. No Loitering [8:43]
9. Heads Will Roll [7:44]
10. Funeral [14:09]
11. Hasta Luego [4:31]
12. End Credits [2:03]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Suburbia
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      Photo Gallery
      Trailers
         Suburbia Trailers
         Other Trailers From Roger Corman Cult Classics
            Rock N' Roll High School
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Reminiscence value of the time

    The ''story'' is kinda lame, the acting even worse. (I know, because I'm in it. And no, I wouldn't devulge the minor part I played.) But most of the recruits were the ''real thing''. I give Ms. Director credit for that. (However, no credit for the fact that my name showed up in the credits at the box office, but disappeared on the VHS or DVD credits. She paid us and fed us, we stayed up til wee hours filming, still had some fun. I was terrible. Fair enough.) I have my own copy on VHS (sans my name/claim to fame scrolling the credit list), but still love to occasionally visit a bit of the ''old country'' when the ''legal poser'' I've become threatens ''my roots''. If you were around about then, you might find bits of nostalgia in the film that make for good ''grounding'' material and a few silly laughs too. KC

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A realistic depiction of the punk scene, and a great story.

    This movie is as close as I can get to a portal to the past. I was a punk, hung out in the scene here in Detroit (The film is set in CA), and this movie feels like home to me. As much as Suburbia is a movie, meant to entertain with it's drama and it's tidbits of comedy, it is a documentary of the way many teenagers lived in the early eighties. Few movies capture the feel and flavor of this subculture and it's collective ''attitude'' accurately. This film nails it without the parachute pants, eyemakeup and New Wave, Disco, Flash Dance nonsense. For those interesed in exploring this time period, this film should be at the top of your list. Enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Suburbia not Wild Side

    This movie is called suburbia. I have no idea why Barnes and Noble has posted it as Wild Side, and I have no clue how they linked the cover they display with the movie. A good movie with bad acting. Good performances by D.I. and T.S.O.L..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2011

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