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American Hardcore

R| 1 hr. 40 min.

Plot Summary
Filmmaker Paul Rachman recalls the 1980s American punk-rock movement. The retrospective features interviews and performance footage with such bands as Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Bad Brains, Jerry's Kids, Gang Green, Poison Idea, Flipper and SS Decontrol.


Director: Paul Rachman

Genres: Documentary

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

American Hardcore (2006)

Release Date: September 22nd, 2006|1 hr. 40 min.

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  • Messed up as it is, you can't tear your eyes away from this explosion of brutal sounds and images. show more

  • There's a lot of interesting material here, but Rachman doesn't offer any real analysis of his own, and the film suffers from a lack of narrative focus. show more

  • A first-rate documentary on this subgenre of punk rock, which flourished roughly between 1982 and 1986 as an anarchistic response to Ronald Reagan and the disco era. show more

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