The Runaways

The Runaways

Streaming Video - 2010
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Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning star in this music-fueled story of the ground-breaking, all girl, teenage rock band of the 1970's: The Runaways. The film follows two friends, Joan Jett and Cherie Currie, as they rise from rebellious Southern Californian kids to rock stars of the now legendary group that paved the way for future generations of girl bands. Joan and Cherie fall under the Svengali-like influence of rock impresario Kim Fowley, played by Michael Shannon, who turns the group into an outrageous success and a family of misfits. With its tough-chick image and raw talent, the band quickly earns a name for itself and so do its two leads: Joan is the bands pure rock n roll heart, while Cherie, with her Bowie-Bardot looks, is the sex kitten. Written and directed by Floria Sigismondi, the film chronicles Joan and Cherie's tumultuous relationship on and off stage, as the band starts to break out.
Publisher: [United States] : Entertainment One, 2010.
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (approximately 105 min.)) :,sd., col.
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Punnoval
Aug 26, 2018

Since all of the individuals in the band (plus Fowley) are still alive, it is a pretty hard job to do justice to it. The girls seem naive but not nearly dopey enough and the Fowley character was far too nice. All the girls have far too good complexions considering their lifestyle. Maybe Lynne Ramsay or Andrea Arnold could have done something with this.

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Miller1114
Apr 27, 2018

I would have watched it if it had played.

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poolman
Dec 14, 2016

Although I'm 75 now, this excellent film brought back a lot of great memories of the halcyon days in the 70's of loud, angry pop music: outrageous, free-wheeling, narcissistic, drug and alcohol fueled, gutter lyrics, hedonistic ... a sure-fired recipe for success (and disaster) but that's what the scene was then and what this movie accurately presents. Nostalgic for sure.

Trash movie. 40% sex and the rest of it is stuff we already knew from Vicky Blue's documentary on the band which is a 100x better source because Vicky was in the band and she actually interviews the real band members. This movie ends so abruptly and unsatisfactory its weird. I dont even feel it really delves into the daily lives of the band and their life on tour. Just the pedophilic "sex appeal" of it all. At the end it only mentions the whereabouts of Joan and Cherie!!! What about Lita Ford??

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trotter73
Feb 01, 2016

An OK biopic. Difficult to wrap up their career in a 90 minute film.

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lukasevansherman
Aug 07, 2015

"Girl's don't play electric guitar."-Joan Jett's guitar teacher
The rock biopic is rife with cliches because rock is rife with cliches. Most movies follow the familiar pattern: humble beginnings, musical inspiration, the hard scrabble early days, the crummy gigs and then the success, the whirl of fame, substance abuse, and sex and the inevitable fall, which sometimes has a redemptive coda. "The Runaways" doesn't veer that far from the formula, but is the rare rock film that's about a female band and directed by a woman (Floria Sigismondi, a video director). The casual fan might just know the band because it's where Joan Jett and Lita Ford got their start. But they were a groundbreaking group in many ways: teenage girls who played their own instruments, wrote their own songs, and took the boys on at their own game at a time when rock was a hostile, masculine environment (it still is to some extent). Critics were unkind to them, including every rock critic's favorite critic Lester Bangs, who said their music "sucks syphilitic rodents" and that he wanted to "defile" underage singer Cherie Currie. What an a**hole. While they hit before punk, their anyone can play guitar ethos, rebellious attitude, and strong image were very much punk. I'm neither a fan of Kristen Stewart, who plays Jett, or Dakota Fanning, who plays Currie, but they're quite good here. The film is based o Currie's book and Jett was a producer and consultant, so it's their story and the other members (Ford, drummer Sandy West, bassist Jackie Fox) are merely supporting players. The great Michael Shannon plays their eccentric, Svengali-like manager Kim Fowely, a controversial character who was at best a bully and at worst abusive. Fox recently claimed he raped her. The movie both acknowledges Fowley's role in the success in the band and shows how awfully he treated them. And, of course, the movie is full of great music. Aside from Runaways songs, there's music from Bowie, the Stooges, and Suzi Quatro, a key inspiration for Jett. This didn't get great reviews, but it's much better than its reputation and for those interested in women in rock, it's an important film. Also see the fictional "Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains."

IMolina3 Jun 27, 2015

Not a goodmovie but an ok movie..

BFS73 Feb 27, 2015

I remember being happy when i heard about a movie being made on this great band one of my favorites of all time.this was a good movie but it could of been better .you have most of the movie on Joan and Cherrie there close relationship including drug use and sexual relationship . the other girls hardly say anything .all fans of The Runaways know that Sandy was a huge part of the band and there were a lot more things on Kim Fowley that were not in the movie .check out Cherrie's biography for a great book and the full story on The Runaways!

aaa5756 Oct 15, 2013

This movie was entertaining and interesting but not one of my favorite for this year. Not too bad---good performance.

a5a22406 Oct 06, 2013

A well done movie. If you'd like to see where Joan Jett and Lita Ford began this it it. The song Cherry Bomb has gone on to have a life of it's own.

Yes a movie about Lita Ford would be fun. She's still rockin' today and two of her hits, One Shot of Poison and Kiss Me Deadly, would make for some great concert footage.

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