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Roadside Prophets (1992)




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Screenwriter/electrician Abbe Wool makes her directorial debut with the offbeat road movie Roadside Prophets. Brooding factory worker Joe (X front man John Doe) takes a road trip in order to scatter the ashes of his co-worker Dave Coleman (David Anthony Marshall). Riding his vintage Harley Davidson, Joe leaves Los Angeles and heads for a small Nevada town called El Dorado to fulfill Dave's final wish. His journey is complicated by a small fry named Sam (the Beastie Boys' Adam Horovitz), a wannabe biker who continually lights off fireworks and nurtures an odd obsession with Motel 9. Joe also has to cope with making daily phone calls to Angie (voice of Sonna Chavez), his co-worker back in L.A. who is giving him sick days in exchange for the promise of a hot date. While traveling through the desert, Joe and Sam meet various eccentric characters played by the likes of David Carradine, John Cusack, Timothy Leary, and Arlo Guthrie. They eventually end up at their destination, which turns out to be a washed-up gambling town called Jackpot.

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Biff Yeager
as Bartender
Sonna Chavez
as Angie Abbott
Erica Rogers
as Housekeeper
JD Cullum
as Mr. Andres
Ebbe Roe Smith
as Journalist
David Swinson
as Fred Neiman
Aaron Lustig
as Morning Desk Clerk
Pam Lambert
as Mini-Mart Cashier
Barton Heyman
as Sheriff Durango
Don Cheadle
as Happy Days Manager
Jeanne McCarthy
as 1st Happy Days Waitress
Viva Vinson
as 2nd Waitress
Lee Arenberg
as Happy Days Cook
Nancy Lenehan
as Vegas Motel 9 Desk Clerk
Manny Chevrolet
as Too Free Stooges Band Member
Dick Rude
as Too Free Stooges Band Member
Tony Ruglio
as Too Free Stooges Band Member
Billy Ferrick
as Too Free Stooges Band Member
as Too Free Stooges Band Member
Pete Weiss
as Too Free Stooges Band Member
Jennifer Balgobin
as Ms. Labia Mirage
Lin Shaye
as Celeste
Onice Bodozian
as Four Jack Bartender
Patti Tippo
as Casino Cashier
Nic Ratner
as Casino Casualty
Harty Grinner
as Jackpot Motel 9 Employee
Ellie Raab
as Gloria
Hector I
as Ramblin Dog
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Critic Reviews for Roadside Prophets

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

Tries its utmost to be weird and aimless; and if that's what rocks your boat, it ends up sort of hitting the jackpot for the chosen few.

October 12, 2007 | Rating: B | Full Review…

It's easy to see why Roadside Prophets became an under-the-radar cult classic.

October 22, 2006 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A failed, would-be cult item with funny cameos.

October 11, 2002 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for Roadside Prophets


While biking across the Nevada desert in search of a particular spot to cast a buddy's ashes, stoic factory worker Joe runs into annoying but decent youngster Sam. The carpe diem message would have worked better if their quirky mini-adventures had been a bit more interesting or added up to a whole greater than the parts, but the aimless neo-hippie idealism (witness cameos by Arlo Guthrie and Tim Leary) makes for a mildly pleasant ride.

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Greg S

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