The Offenders

  • 1980
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

The New Wave music and fashion movement of the 70s and 80s produced many seminal ideas, but unfortunately one of the most popular was that working artists didn't necessarily have to have talent. Such is the case with this film, a "punk melodrama" originally shown in serial form at Max's Kansas City, one of New York's best-known punk clubs. Shot on Super...read more

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The New Wave music and fashion movement of the 70s and 80s produced many seminal ideas, but unfortunately one of the most popular was that working artists didn't necessarily have to have talent. Such is the case with this film, a "punk melodrama" originally shown in serial form at Max's

Kansas City, one of New York's best-known punk clubs. Shot on Super 8 film, the story is typical for the punk movement, a quirky tale of Young Turks involved with the kidnaped Adele Bertei and her father, Bill Rice. Though the characters provide an occasional offbeat or interesting moment, their

potential gets lost in the muddle of out-of-focus sequences and amateur acting. The color and clothing styles are typically New Wave, but you could find the same visual treats at the local art school. THE OFFENDERS is nonetheless notable for the early screen appearances by musician-actors Bertei

and John Lurie, who would give more convincing performances in BORN IN FLAMES and STRANGER THAN PARADISE, respectively.

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  • Released: 1980
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: The New Wave music and fashion movement of the 70s and 80s produced many seminal ideas, but unfortunately one of the most popular was that working artists didn't necessarily have to have talent. Such is the case with this film, a "punk melodrama" originall… (more)

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