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S.F.W. (1994)

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An alienated and misanthropic teenager gains sudden and unwanted celebrity status after he's taken hostage by terrorists where his indifference to their threats to kill him makes news headlines.

Director:

Jefery Levy

Writers:

Andrew Wellman (novel), Danny Rubin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Dorff ... Cliff Spab
Reese Witherspoon ... Wendy Pfister
Jake Busey ... Morrow Streeter
Joey Lauren Adams ... Monica Dice
Pamela Gidley ... Janet Streeter
David Barry Gray ... Scott Spab
Jack Noseworthy ... Joe Dice
Richard Portnow ... Gerald Parsley
Edward Wiley Edward Wiley ... Mr. Spab
Lela Ivey Lela Ivey ... Mrs. Spab
Natasha Gregson Wagner ... Kristen
Annie McEnroe ... Dolly
Virgil Frye ... Earl
Francesca P. Roberts ... Kim Martin
Soon-Tek Oh ... Milt Morris (as Soon Teck Oh)
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Storyline

Cliff Spab is a guy who doesn't really care about anything. He gets held hostage at a store for 36 days by terrorists, who demand that the entire thing be broadcast on national television. Cliff ends up taking a bullet for fellow hostage Wendy - making him a national hero. The two are the sole survivors of the ordeal, and soon become prisoners of the media. Cliff escapes it all, only to find himself being pushed further away from Wendy when he needs her most. Written by WildwoodFlower08

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Fate made them hostages. The media made them stars.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive strong language, scenes of brutal violence, constant drug and alcohol use and some sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

So Fucking What? See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$44,227, 22 January 1995

Gross USA:

$63,513

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$63,513
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The filmmakers described this movie as a "serio-comedy about terrorism, beer, and talk shows." See more »

Goofs

During the last flashback, Spab is seen pulling out an Uzi that he had never acquired. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Cliff Spab: Wendy?
Wendy Pfister: Spab?
Cliff Spab: Wendy.
Wendy Pfister: Spab.
Cliff Spab: Wendy.
Wendy Pfister: Spab.
Cliff Spab: So are we gettin' married or what?
Wendy Pfister: Hey, guy. You fucking know it.
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Crazy Credits

The GWAR video seen in the movie follows the credits in its entirety. See more »

Connections

References Groundhog Day (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

No Fuck'n Problem
Performed by Suicidal Tendencies
Written by Mike Muir (as Michael Muir) & Mike Clark (as Michael Clark)
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Ahead of it's time
14 May 2001 | by alissaroodeSee all my reviews

I just watched S.F.W. and was amazed at how, at least five years before the major trend of 'reality TV' became the in-thing, this movie satirized it, and showed it for how wrong and un-real it is. This movie scathingly commentates on the media's ability to warp and distort truth, and to give the mundane deep meaning. Cliff Spab is a meaningless person trapped in a meaningless society that does not appreciate the horror of his ordeal and ruthlessly tries to cash in on his pain. This film is chock-full of meaning and irony, and it is simply brilliant.


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