Detroit Rock City

August 13, 1999 0 By Fans
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A comedy about four teenagers in 1978 who try to scam their way into a KISS concert.

Release Year: 1999

Rating: 6.5/10 (18,361 voted)

Critic's Score: 33/100

Adam Rifkin

Stars: Edward Furlong, Giuseppe Andrews, James DeBello

Four members of a high school band called Mystery do everything they can to attend a KISS concert in Detroit. In order to make it to the show they must steal, cheat, strip, deal with an anti-rock mom and generally do whatever it takes to see the band that has inspired them to be musicians.


Giuseppe Andrews


James DeBello


(as James De Bello)

Edward Furlong


Sam Huntington


Lin Shaye

Mrs. Bruce

Melanie Lynskey


Natasha Lyonne


Miles Dougal


Nick Scotti


Emmanuelle Chriqui


David Quane


Rodger Barton

Mr. Bumsteen

Kathryn Haggis

Mrs. Bumsteen

David Gardner


Shannon Tweed

Amanda Finch

Rock and roll all night. Party every day.

Release Date: 13 August 1999

Filming Locations: Billy Sue's Rebel Garage, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Box Office Details

Budget: $15,000,000


Opening Weekend: $2,005,512
(15 August 1999)
(1802 Screens)

Gross: $4,217,115

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


The Bassett Hound which brings Lex the Frisbee is the same dog that appears in a number of television commercials for Maytag appliances.


Errors in geography:
When the boys are seen driving into Detroit, they are driving across a bridge into the city. The only bridges into Detroit come from Canada and Belle Isle, neither of which would be possible for them.


[while singing "Rock and roll all night"]
Give it to me, baby!

User Review

This movie rocks!

Rating: 7/10

I really don't see why this movie tanked and why it is hated by many. Maybe
its poor box office performance was due partly to its R-rating, being that
it appeals to a predominantly teenage demographic. But I found it to be
funny, entertaining and downright awesome!

This is not a nostalgic piece. Other than the music, this film's characters
seemed to be fished out of contemporary society. So the older viewers might
not enjoy it QUITE as much. I have to say, my only disappointment was that
Kiss only got to perform once, at the very end. Other than that, this is
just a wildly funny comic ride with good performances from the main cast, as
well as the supporting–Lin Shaye stands out as the ultra-protective,
Bible-toting, chain-smoking mother who regards Kiss as "Knights in Satan's
Service." Joe Flaherty, of SCTV fame, also has a funny cameo.

What can I say? I laughed a lot. I bobbed my head to the music. I had
fun. That pretty much does it for me.

My score: 7 (out of 10)