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Good Guys & Bad Guys 1997
35 mm, 1:1.66, Dolby SR, 73 min., color, English
A co-production of the Hochschule für Film & Fernsehen "Konrad Wolf"
and Ostdeutscher Rundfunk Brandenburg. © 1997 HFF "Konrad Wolf" / ORB
Good Guys & Bad Guys is a post-Cold War romp through suburban Los Angeles. In 1996, Rick Minnich returned to his native California for his ten-year high school class reunion to confront the right-wing suburban "patriots" who had made his life miserable during the Reagan era. The result is an entertaining and provocative look at what has become of the "Good Guys & Bad Guys" of yesteryear.
Pom poms and atom bombs thats what I remember about high school. The elusive cheerleaders and the insane military buildup going on in the nearby Mojave Desert. It was the Reagan era time to blast the Soviets off the planet. The ominous Cold War even drifted into my high school classroom, causing some of us students to choose proverbial sides. While Alex and Colin played the good Americans, I mused about the Soviets. This led to some heated debates in and out of the classroom. Now its 1996, time for our ten-year class reunion just the right opportunity to settle some old scores. Six years after leaving the U.S., Ive returned to rehash old strifes with former adversaries and reestablish contact with lost friends. A journey back to suburbia to neatly manicured lawns, model citizens, gospel music and Harleys. A look at those who are fulfilling their pre-prescribed roles, and those who are still searching for an alternative. How four of my former high school classmates are finding their way in the 90s.
Written and Directed by Rick Minnich
Director of Photography Axel Schneppat
Sound Recordist / mixer Christian Eulitz
Editor Xina Graff
Music Camper van Beethoven, Season of Rain, Untaymd, The Village Church Choir, Hart High School Marching Band
Producer (HFF) Holger Lochau
Commissioning Editor (ORB) Cooky Ziesche