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The Runaways (2010)

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A coming-of-age biographical film about the 1970s teenage all-girl rock band The Runaways. The relationship between band members Cherie Currie and Joan Jett is also explored.

Director:

Floria Sigismondi

Writers:

Floria Sigismondi (screenplay), Cherie Currie (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Ray Porter ... Band Member
Kiaya Snow Kiaya Snow ... Cashier
Allie Grant ... Club Girl
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Storyline

In 1975, San Fernando Valley teen Joan Larkin reinvents herself as Joan Jett, a guitarist who wants to form an all-girl punk band. She pitches the idea to a sleazy manager, Kim Fowley, who pairs her with a drummer and then searches for a face: he finds Cherie Currie, at age 15, the perfect jailbait image for his purpose; by luck, she can sing. Two others round out the band, The Runaways. Fowley books a tour, signs them to Mercury Records, and packs them off to crowds in Japan. Seeds of conflict sprout early: Fowley puts Cherie front and center in the publicity, she's soon strung out on drugs and vodka, and jealousies arise. Without adult supervision, where can Joan and Cherie end up? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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In rock 'n' roll, there's a first time for everything. Based on a true story. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, drug use and sexual content - all involving teens | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 March 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Neon Angels See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$805,115, 21 March 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,571,735, 30 May 2010
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

A New York Times review of the film quotes Joan Jett as saying that when she listened to the first tape of Kristen Stewart singing one of her songs, she thought it was a mistake and that it was actually her. See more »

Goofs

When Cherie Currie is attempting to buy a bottle of vodka at the supermarket, alcohol can be seen on display that was not in production yet e.g. green and orange boxes of Patron. See more »

Quotes

Kim Fowley: Cherie Currie! Welcome. You look great. What song are you going to sing for us today?
Cherie Currie: Um, "Fever".
Kim Fowley: "Fever"?
Lita Ford: A Peggy Lee song?
Sandy West: Who's Peggy Lee?
Joan Jett: My mom likes Peggy Lee.
Lita Ford: Kim, you should have told her. We don't play that shit.
Cherie Currie: Suzi Quatro covered "Fever".
Lita Ford: It's a slow song. We don't play slow songs.
Joan Jett: Well, can you do a different song?
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Alternate Versions

The UK version removes the glue-sniffing scene in order to obtain a 15 rating (and thus avoid a higher 18 rating). See more »

Connections

References Frankenstein (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

On Top of Old Smoky
Public Domain
Performed by Kristen Stewart and Robert Romanus
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Good Portrayal of Joan Jett / But What About Lita ?
5 September 2011 | by jsole-152-875117See all my reviews

I thought the movie was a good portrayal of Joan Jetts early days. I will give Joan all the credit in the world, she is still making music and performing to this day. What about Lita Ford ?? I mean, when I think of Joan Jett...I think of "I Love Rock and Roll" ...When I think of Lita Ford, I think of songs like "Kiss me Deadly" & "Close My Eyes Forever" which were both huge hits in the 80's. The movie hardly mentioned her. The Movie did not even mention her at the the end when it was giving the updates on where Joan, Sherie & Kim...I think Lita should of at least been mentioned...she is still considered by many to be the Queen of Metal still to this day.


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