Psychotronic Film Night: Memorial Salute to the Late Pro Wrestler and Actor "ROWDY" RODDY PIPER- BACK IN ACTION (1993, USA)

  • Sentient Bean 13 E Park Ave Savannah, GA, 31401 United States

8:00PM • $7.00

Remember “Rowdy” Roddy Piper?

Sure you do!

In the 1980s and 1990s, he wrestled for the WWF and the WCW. And, when not in the ring, he starred in a ton of low to medium budget action, sci-fi and horror flicks which found him slowly developing decent dramatic chops to go along with his renowned athletic and fighting skills.

He’s best known to movie fans as “George Nada,” the hero of horror maestro JOHN CARPENTER’S harsh and sardoninc 1988 takedown of Reaganomics (disguised as an alien invasion film), THEY LIVE.

Well, Piper died of a sudden heart attack a few weeks back on July 30th, so we’re paying tribute to his lengthy career as a B and C-grade action star with a rare public screening of one of the least-known feature films he ever made – 1993’s BACK IN ACTION.

The good news is that as far as medium-budget action films go, this is one of the best examples you’ll find from that time period. It’s cliched, angry, reckless and almost surreal – plus, IT NEVER LETS UP.

It also finds Piper paired onscreen with none other than 7-Degree Black Belt Karate Champion (and future TAE-BO TV fitness infomercial pitchman) BILLY BLANKS!

Blanks plays a vigilante/martial arts expert who winds up joining forces with Piper’s tough-as-nails cop to bring down a gang of corrupt mobsters.

That means you get two distinctly different types of fight sequences in the same picture: wrestling/brawling and karate.

Fast-paced and surprisingly well made, BACK IN ACTION boasts inventive camerawork and TONS of impressively staged fight sequences. In fact, it’s so violent that when first submitted to the MPAA Ratings Board, they slapped the film with a dreaded NC-17 rating – solely for the volcanic amount of ass-kicking and gunplay on display.

After a few brief moments were left behind on the cutting room floor, it squeaked by with an R rating. That’s the version released to theaters, and that’s the version we’ll screen.

Dig this: it’s never been released anywhere in North America on DVD, so don’t miss this chance to catch a forgotten gem of early ‘90s excess.

See ya there?

Until 9PM, the Bean will have special discounts on both Craft Beer and Organic Wine for anyone 21 and older, as well as their usual great selection of award-winning vegetarian cuisine, pastries, desserts and Fair-Trade Coffees and Teas.

We’ll also be raffling off some rare DVDs and unusual prizes from the PFS archives before the show.

So, make sure to bring a few extra bucks with you for Raffle Tickets…

$7 admission for Mature Audiences Only.

Seating at 7:30pm / Show starts at 8:00pm

For over a decade now, The Psychotronic Film Society of Savannah has been repeatedly named the BEST LOCAL FILM SERIES in annual reader polls. The PFS of SAV shows obscure and/or underappreciated films from around the world every Wednesday at the Sentient Bean (and occasionally on other nights as well). Whether extremely well-made or “so bad they’re good,” their selections are always rare, unique and memorable.

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