Out of the Blue (1980 film)

Out of the Blue (released in Canada as No Looking Back)[1] is a 1980 Canadian drama film directed by Dennis Hopper and starring him and Linda Manz. The film was produced by Leonard Yakir and written by him and Brenda Nielson. The title is taken from the Neil Young song "My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)". It competed for the Palme d'Or at the 1980 Cannes Film Festival.[2]

Out of the Blue
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Directed byDennis Hopper
Screenplay byLeonard Yakir
Brenda Nielson
Produced byLeonard Yakir
Gary Jules Jouvenat
CinematographyMarc Champion[1]
Edited byDoris Dyck[1]
Music byTom Lavin[1]
Distributed byDiscovery Films (USA)
Les Productions Karim (Canada)[1]
Release date
  • May 5, 1980 (1980-05-05) (Cannes)
Running time
93 minutes


The film centers on Cebe, a rebellious and troubled young girl, played by Linda Manz — interested only in Elvis Presley and punk rock music — as well as her ex-convict father Don Barnes (Dennis Hopper), and her high-strung mother Kathy (Sharon Farrell).


  • Linda Manz – Cebe aka Cindy Barnes
  • Dennis Hopper – Don Barnes
  • Sharon Farrell – Kathy Barnes
  • Don Gordon – Charlie
  • Raymond Burr – Dr. Brean
  • Eric Allen – Paul
  • Fiona Brody – Carol
  • David L. Crowley – Anderson (as David Crowley)
  • Joan Hoffman – Jean
  • Carl Nelson – Cabby
  • Francis Ann Pettit – Nancy
  • Glen Pfeifer – Glenn
  • David Ackridge – Teacher
  • Jim Byrnes – Party Singer (as Jim Byrne)
  • Glen Fyfe – Bouncer
  • Pointed Sticks – Band in the Nightclub


This was the first film Hopper directed since 1971's The Last Movie; he stepped in at the last minute to replace the original director (screenwriter Leonard Yakir[3]).

The film was made in Vancouver, and various icons of Vancouver in that era are featured in the film, including the Pointed Sticks, one of the leading bands of Vancouver's punk era.[4]


Out of the Blue was released in competition at the Cannes Film Festival on May 5, 1980.[1] It was later released in Paris on April 15, 1981, New York on April 8, 1983, and in Vancouver.[1]


Film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum considers Out of the Blue one of the 15 best films of the 1980s.[5] Manz's performance is still lauded, decades later.[6][7] Roger Ebert wrote in his 3½-star review that "the movie escalates so relentlessly toward its violent, nihilistic conclusion that when it comes, we believe it."[8] On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a rating of 95% from 37 reviews. The website's consensus reads, "Led by Linda Manz's outstanding performance, Out of the Blue confronts the darker side of human nature with a baleful, clear-eyed stare."[9]

In popular cultureEdit

The song "Kill All Hippies" from Scottish rock band Primal Scream's 2000 album XTRMNTR features a sample of Manz' dialogue from the movie.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Out of the Blue". Library & Archives Canada. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  2. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Out of the Blue". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-05-28.
  3. ^ "Films You May Have Missed: Out of the Blue". Blastitude.com. Retrieved 2010-03-13.
  4. ^ "'Out of the Blue'". The Tyee. 12 November 2010.
  5. ^ "Jonathan Rosenbaum's Top Ten Lists 1974–2006". Alumnus.caltech.edu. Archived from the original on 2011-06-07. Retrieved 2010-07-29.
  6. ^ Bengal, Rebecca (5 May 2014). "Now Screening : Catching Up With the Original Punk Rock Girl of Film". Tmagazine.com. T. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  7. ^ Healy, Claire Marie (24 September 2019). "Why Chloë Sevigny Is on a Mission to Save the Work of Linda Manz". AnOtherMag.com. Retrieved 24 September 2019.
  8. ^ Ebert, Roger (1982-01-01). "Out of the Blue movie review & film summary (1982)". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2021-11-15.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ "Out of the Blue". Rotten Tomatoes.

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