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The Runaways

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Director: Floria Sigismondi

Cast: Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning, Michael Shannon


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The story of the groundbreaking '70s female rock group the Runaways is recounted in this River Road Entertainment production focusing on the duo of guitarist/vocalist Joan Jett (portrayed by Twilight's Kristen Stewart) and lead vocalist/keyboardist


The story of the groundbreaking '70s female rock group the Runaways is recounted in this River Road Entertainment production focusing on the duo of guitarist/vocalist Joan Jett (portrayed by Twilight's Kristen Stewart) and lead vocalist/keyboardist Cherie Currie (Dakota Fanning) as they navigate a rocky road of touring and record label woes under the malevolent eye of abusive manager Kim Fowley (Michael Shannon) during their teen years. Acclaimed video artist Floria Sigismondi directs from her own script, with Scout Taylor-Compton co-starring as guitarist Lita Ford.

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If you're planning to see the 2010 biopic The Runaways out of a pre-existing interest in the titular '70s all-girl rock band, then there's a good chance that you're also coming in with some concerns about casting. Can angsty Twilight teen Kristen Stewart really handle playing the original badass rock chick Joan Jett? Are we really supposed to buy the unnervingly articulate child star Dakota Fanning as jailbait bombshell Cherie Currie? Seeing as how the film is based on Currie's memoir, and focuses for the most part on her and Jett's friendship (as well as their semi-witting roles as commercially exploited teenagers/bird-flipping feminist pioneers in a male-dominated industry), there's a lot riding on the performances of the two leads. Well you can breathe a sigh of relief, because Stewart and Fanning both hit it out of the park. Starting with some traditional background info on Currie and Jett, the movie walks us through the basics of life as a latchkey rocker girl in the San Fernando Valley. Currie gets booed at the school talent show when she does a hyper-stylized tribute to David Bowie. A well-meaning music teacher tells Jett that "girls don't play electric guitar." In addition to being generally alienated people, both girls have co-dependent sisters and unreliable parents, so when they meet at a local club through flamboyant/creepy/possibly abusive record producer Kim Fowley (Michael Shannon), they click. Partly through Fowley's Svengali-ism and partly through their own creative alchemy, the girls team up with a handful of other high-school-aged female musicians and form the Runaways. On paper, the story is no different than any other musical biopic, complete with the eventual decent into the show-business pit of drugs, egos, and creative strife. But while the story may be a little unsurprising, the way it plays out onscreen is absolutely striking. The narrative is totally personal, telling the tale so intimately from Jett's and Currie's points-of-view that the visceral nature of the film is almost unnerving. And that's really to Stewart's and Fanning's credit; they both play extremely reticent characters, and yet they still evoke penetrating internal views into the young women's experiences and friendship. For a band so flashy and loud, it may be a more cerebral take on the Runaways than fans would have expected, but the film's emotive style serves the group well, telling the side of the story that we didn't already know.

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Release Date:
Original Release:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Go on the road with The Runaways with a rockin' commentary with Joan Jett, Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning and a behind-the-scenes look at making the film

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kristen Stewart Joan Jett
Dakota Fanning Cherie Currie
Michael Shannon Kim Fowley
Stella Maeve Sandy West
Scout Taylor-Compton Lita Ford
Alia Shawkat Robin
Riley Keough Marie Currie
Johnny Lewis Scottie
Tatum O'Neal Cherie's Mom
Brett Cullen Cherie's Dad
Hannah Marks Tammy
Jill Andre Aunt Evie
Ray Porter Band Member
Kiaya Snow Cashier
Allie Grant Club Girl
Shammy Dee DJ
Aaron Parker Mouser Fat Employee
Peggy Stewart Grandma Oni
Robert Romanus Guitar Teacher
Jay Thames Headliner's Roadie
Masami Kosaka Japanese Journalist
Masayuki Yonezawa Japanese Photographer
Hiroshi Sakata Japanese Promoter
P.D. Mani Cake Shop Manager
Mickey Petralia Record Executive
Antonella Sigismondi Rockabilly Saleslady
Nick Eversman Rocker Boy
Keir O'Donnell Rodney Bingenheimer
Lisa Long Sandy's Mom
J.R. Nutt Skinny Employee
Alejandro Patino Grocery Store Manager
John Konesky Studio Engineer
Tim Winters Wolfgang
Adam Silver Boy in Audience
Koji Wada Announcer

Technical Credits
Floria Sigismondi Director,Screenwriter
Sabrina Spiantzi Ballard Associate Producer
Carol Beadle Costumes/Costume Designer
Lillian Berlin Score Composer
Carianne Brinkman Associate Producer
Eugenio Caballero Production Designer
Richard Chew Editor
Benoit Debie Cinematographer
George Drakoulias Musical Direction/Supervision
Larry Fioritto Special Effects Supervisor
David Grace Co-producer
Jennifer Hamilton Choreography
Frank Hildebrand Co-producer
Jay Jennings Sound/Sound Designer
Joan Jett Executive Producer
Martina Kohl Makeup
Kenny Laguna Executive Producer
Paul Laurens Asst. Director
John Linson Producer
Art Linson Producer
Jay Nierenberg Sound/Sound Designer
Wendy O'Brien Casting
Bill Pohlad Producer
Jonathan Sanford Associate Producer
Edward Tise Sound Mixer
Brian Young Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Runaways
1. Chapter 1 [4:56]
2. Chapter 2 [3:54]
3. Chapter 3 [3:45]
4. Chapter 4 [3:42]
5. Chapter 5 [2:12]
6. Chapter 6 [3:35]
7. Chapter 7 [5:41]
8. Chapter 8 [3:56]
9. Chapter 9 [4:08]
10. Chapter 10 [2:39]
11. Chapter 11 [3:44]
12. Chapter 12 [2:58]
13. Chapter 13 [3:20]
14. Chapter 14 [3:04]
15. Chapter 15 [2:47]
16. Chapter 16 [4:09]
17. Chapter 17 [1:41]
18. Chapter 18 [3:57]
19. Chapter 19 [5:11]
20. Chapter 20 [2:15]
21. Chapter 21 [5:32]
22. Chapter 22 [:07]
23. Chapter 23 [3:58]
24. Chapter 24 [3:22]
25. Chapter 25 [1:31]
26. Chapter 26 [1:52]
27. Chapter 27 [2:59]
28. Chapter 28 [2:48]


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The Runaways 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
travelingpants More than 1 year ago
Wow what a break out role for Kristen Stewart. She is my absolute favorite actress. So let the fact that she is filming the Twilight Saga slip your mind. If you're a fan or Kristen, you definitely must see this movie. If you're skeptical as to whether or not she is a good actress, you MUST see this movie. She is Joan Jett. Her performance as Joan is spot on and made me proud sitting in the theater. Dakota is an amazing Cherie and the rest of the cast pulled of the rest of the members of The Runaways. They all did a fantastic job. I pull my hat off to Floria Sigismondi. This was her first movie she had ever directed and she did a wonderful job. My only problem with this film is that it felt rushed. But I think that is expected because they are only scraping the surface of who The Runaways are. They never delve too deep into their background with everything that happened. Based on Cherie Currie's novel "Neon Angel". See the film and read the book!
Heavy_Metal_Sushi More than 1 year ago
This movie was a good insight into the brief stint of the notorious Runaways...their rapid rise to stardom and quick falling out, before Joan Jett's eventual solo career. The Runaways manager sure was somethin else...crazy guy. Kinda out there. I had always liked the music of both The Runaways and Joan Jett, and it was interesting to see the story behind everything. If you like the music or even just a good drama, give this movie a watch.
DarkLotusICP4life More than 1 year ago
this movie rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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great movie kristin stewart = the greatest actresses in the whole entire universe
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