I've always been fascinated with OotB, even if it's not quite as well assembled as "The River's Edge." (Do NOT watch any YouTube videos about it; chances are you'll stumble on big fat spoilers if you do, and if you liked "The River's Edge," you will not want this one spoiled!)
And Neil Young sings the title song.
Check out the punk band names on the girl's bedroom wall - they are: "Teenage
Head," "Submission," and "Public Enemy." (Clearly not THAT band, in 1980!)
Oh, and Raymond Burr plays the high school counselor who astutely
suspects Manz is hiding something...
A couple of reviews:
"Utterly preposterous, Dennis Hopper's "Out of the Blue" is small-town
American gothic at its seamiest, with sleazy, layabout young ma
mainling, drunk pa fresh from jail after crashing a school bus, and
their street-wise kid gruesomely into punk. Sharon Farrell and Hopper
convince as horror-comic parents, but it is the magnetic runt Linda
Manz, with her fling-around limbs and small-hewn, epicene, ugly-
beautiful phiz, that makes this a must." -John Coleman, New Statesman.
"Dennis Hopper's dogged, painful, desperately sincere "Out of the
Blue" is a portrait of a family that has fallen apart. Hopper's sub-
Cassavetes improvisatory style can be infuriatingly clotted and
inexpressive, but now and then the despair of an aimless, booze-
centered existence comes through with the force of a fist smashing
down on a table." -David Denby, New York Mag.
And, from Movie Retriever:
"A harsh, violent portrait of a shattered family. When an imprisoned father's
return fails to reunite this Woodstock-generation family, the troubled teenage
daughter takes matters into her own hands. "Easy Rider" star Hopper seems to
have reconsidered the effects of the 1960s."