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The Truth About De-Evolution (1976)

In the Beginning Was the End: The Truth About De-Evolution (original title)
Several factory workers finish their day at work and get into a car. They drive to a club where they perform the song Secret Agent Man as a rock quartet. A man with a mask of a child named ... See full summary »

Director:

Chuck Statler
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Cast

Credited cast:
Robert Mothersbaugh Sr. Robert Mothersbaugh Sr. ... General Boy (as R.L. Motherbaugh)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gerald V. Casale Gerald V. Casale
Jim Mothersbaugh Jim Mothersbaugh
Mark Mothersbaugh ... Booji Boy / Professor
Robert Mothersbaugh Robert Mothersbaugh
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Storyline

Several factory workers finish their day at work and get into a car. They drive to a club where they perform the song Secret Agent Man as a rock quartet. A man with a mask of a child named Booji Boy runs into a building where his father, a man named General Boy is waiting. Subsequently, a man gives a lecture by song on the subject of devolution. Written by Brian Risselada

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Truth About De-Evolution See more »

Filming Locations:

Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, USA See more »

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The ping-pong paddles shown in the "Secret Agent Man" segment have images of Richard Nixon and Chairman Zedong Mao on them. See more »

Quotes

General Boy: Come in, Booji Boy. You're late. Have you got the papers the Chinaman gave you?
Booji Boy: Here it is, Dad. Is it a surprise?
General Boy: Yes, Booji. "In the past, this information has been suppressed, but now it can be told. Every man, woman, and mutant on this planet shall know the truth about de-evolution."
Booji Boy: Oh, Dad, we're all DEVO!
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Special mention: every devotee & beautiful mutant See more »

Connections

Spoofed in The Venture Bros.: What Goes Down Must Come Up (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Secret Agent Man
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Written by Steve Barri and P.F. Sloan
Arranged and performed by Devo
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Devo Takes the Stage
4 August 2015 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

In the Beginning Was the End: The Truth About De-Evolution (1976)

*** (out of 4)

If you want to see the start of Devo then look no further than this 10 minute promotional piece that features a number of songs but the highlight being Secret Agent Man. I will gladly and freely admit that I'm not a fan of Devo but I ran across this on Fandor and every once in a while I just like trying new things. Overall I thought the film had a pretty interesting and good visual quality that certainly helped capture the band. As far as the music goes, obviously your mile is going to vary depending on your thoughts of the band but it wasn't too bad. Again, I thought their Secret Agent Man was quite fun to listen to.


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