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Straight to Hell

5.51 h 26 min198715
Three hitmen flee to the desert and rob a bank along the way, thus beginning a bizarre journey of shoot-outs and coffee addiction. The motley all-star cast includes Joe Strummer, Courtney Love, Dennis Hopper, and Elvis Costello!
Alex Cox
Dick RudeSy RichardsonCourtney Love
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Joe StrummerShane MacGowanMiguel SandovalBiff YeagerSpider StacyXander BerkeleyKathy BurkeElvis CostelloMichele WinstanleyDennis HopperGrace JonesJim Jarmusch
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4.5 out of 5 stars

105 global ratings

  1. 78% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 10% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 4% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 3% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 6% of reviews have 1 stars
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KurtMcGowanReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 November 2011
3.0 out of 5 stars
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This film could be a lot better. The only really attractive feature of it is the incredible range of cast members, who aren't all necessarily great actors or get the roles they deserve but some of them shine, in particular Joe Strummer who's just effortlessly cool and the Pogues, who just seemed to be having a whale of a time playing crazed bandits, which fitted them rather well. Thankfully, the film offers a little bit more than a parade of stars.
For one thing, there's the soundtrack, which is pretty decent, featuring some spaghetti western rip offs and one or two brilliant numbers from the Pogues (they even sing 'Danny Boy' in one scene!). Secondly, the film looks good, with an atmospheric setting and a lot of effort and detail going into the rapidly increasing grunge. Thirdly, there is some pretty good shooting (both with camera and guns) and there is some genuine use of tension here. Fourthly, you can't deny that it's an imaginative picture and that the people behind and in front of the camera were clearly enjoying themselves.
I think the major problem with the film, though, is how rushed it feels. Basically, Alex Cox collected all these people together for a rock n roll tour and when the money fell through, they made a film in Spain instead, the screenplay for which was quickly bashed out. There's room for improvement dialogue and plot wise, a lot of which feels rather silly and cliched, and while there is tension, some scenes and characters deserve more screen time. The crew certainly could have taken advantage of Dennis Hopper's skills and given him much more interesting dialogue and character to work on and all we get out of Courtney Love's very few scenes is whining and bitching (which, according to some other cast members, wasn't much different to her off screen personality and I'm prepared to agree).
Nevertheless, you're still in for a rollicking, crazy violent ride into spaghetti western hell. I just love mad independent movies like this and if more time and care was put into it, it could have been a cult classic.
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42-39-56Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 November 2015
2.0 out of 5 stars
Kurt Cobain first noticed Courtney Love in this picture
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I wanted to see this film based on the interesting cast, really. It is billed as a Western and I was thinking Clint Eastwood. It's actually set in modern times - I seem to remember there being cars in there somewhere. Apparently, Kurt Cobain first noticed Courtney Love in this picture. I would like to say that this film is worth a look but I regretted wasting my time with it. I think there was a good 'Pogues' song at the end but that's as far as it goes...
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R. MoriartyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 March 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of the most wacked out films I've ever seen.
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This is the kind of film that you'll either love or hate; there's no in-between. It's a psuedo-spaghetti western that manages to pay homage to the genre while sending it up with obvious glee. Filmed on Sergio Leone's favourite set in Spain, it stars Sy Richardson (Samuel L must have seen his performance before appearing in "Pulp Fiction") as the leader of a trio of inept hitmen-come-bankrobbers, with his pregnant and extremely whiney girlfriend in tow. Add to the mix a family of schizophrenic, homicidal and coffee addicted Mexican style bandits played by the Pogues, Elvis Costello as their butler, Edward Tudor-Pole, Amazulu, Denis Hopper and Grace Jones in cameo roles and, most importantly, a highly memorable and rather impressive performance from Joe Strummer as one of the hitmen, and you have the ingredients for a completely nutty 89 minutes that'll make you laugh out loud or switch off within half an hour. It doesn't necessarily follow that if you admire Alex Cox's work you'll enjoy this film but if your sense of humour is a little off kilter then you won't regret buying a copy. It's hilarious, I promise (but maybe I'm just weird). Besides which, it's beautifully filmed and worth a gander for the wonderful cast alone.
15 people found this helpful
PaulaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 May 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
Coffee-fuelled madness
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Honestly, this DVD is a must for anyone into deranged punk-westerns.... It's nothing too complex, is clever and very funny. Definitely recommended to anyone into comical action-filled films. Quality isn't superb, but not really noticeable as you get into it. Well done, and overall worth watching at least once - so don't hesitate, get a copy!

And hey, who doesn't like seeing Joe Strummer in a pair of Y-Fronts?
2 people found this helpful
PAUL R FREEMANReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 July 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
Not what you would probably expect
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I live in Almeria close to where this was filmed. If me and my mates ever made a film it would be much like this. Don't expect much of a story line but enjoy the dialogue and the performances. A unique movie. The songs are good to!
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Steve SavageReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 September 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Does Not Play In UK
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The DVD does not play in UK
TheFreakReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 March 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Five Stars
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 01 November 2017
1.0 out of 5 stars
A DVD from a magazine
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This dvd appears to be a free copy from something called Total Film and states across the front cover not for re-sale
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