Detroit Rock City

August 13th, 1999


Detroit Rock City

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A comedy about four teenagers in 1978 who try to scam their way into a KISS concert.

Release Year: 1999

Rating: 6.5/10 (18,361 voted)

Critic's Score: 33/100

Director: Adam Rifkin

Stars: Edward Furlong, Giuseppe Andrews, James DeBello

Four members of a high school band called Mystery do everything they can to attend a KISS concert in Detroit. In order to make it to the show they must steal, cheat, strip, deal with an anti-rock mom and generally do whatever it takes to see the band that has inspired them to be musicians.

Giuseppe Andrews - Lex
James DeBello - Trip (as James De Bello)
Edward Furlong - Hawk
Sam Huntington - Jam
Lin Shaye - Mrs. Bruce
Melanie Lynskey - Beth
Natasha Lyonne - Christine
Miles Dougal - Elvis
Nick Scotti - Kenny
Emmanuelle Chriqui - Barbara
David Quane - Bobby
Rodger Barton - Mr. Bumsteen
Kathryn Haggis - Mrs. Bumsteen
David Gardner - Priest
Shannon Tweed - Amanda Finch

Taglines: Rock and roll all night. Party every day.

Release Date: 13 August 1999

Filming Locations: Billy Sue's Rebel Garage, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Box Office Details

Budget: $15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $2,005,512 (USA) (15 August 1999) (1802 Screens)

Gross: $4,217,115 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The Bassett Hound which brings Lex the Frisbee is the same dog that appears in a number of television commercials for Maytag appliances.

Errors in geography: When the boys are seen driving into Detroit, they are driving across a bridge into the city. The only bridges into Detroit come from Canada and Belle Isle, neither of which would be possible for them.

Lex: [while singing "Rock and roll all night"] Give it to me, baby!

User Review

This movie rocks!

Rating: 7/10

I really don't see why this movie tanked and why it is hated by many. Maybe its poor box office performance was due partly to its R-rating, being that it appeals to a predominantly teenage demographic. But I found it to be funny, entertaining and downright awesome!

This is not a nostalgic piece. Other than the music, this film's characters seemed to be fished out of contemporary society. So the older viewers might not enjoy it QUITE as much. I have to say, my only disappointment was that Kiss only got to perform once, at the very end. Other than that, this is just a wildly funny comic ride with good performances from the main cast, as well as the supporting--Lin Shaye stands out as the ultra-protective, Bible-toting, chain-smoking mother who regards Kiss as "Knights in Satan's Service." Joe Flaherty, of SCTV fame, also has a funny cameo.

What can I say? I laughed a lot. I bobbed my head to the music. I had fun. That pretty much does it for me.

My score: 7 (out of 10)


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