Year: 2006
USA: Sony Pictures Classics
Cast (in order of appearance): Lucky Lehrer (Circle Jerks), Vic Bondi (Articles Of Faith), Joey "Shithead" Keithley (D.O.A.), Keith Morris (Circle Jerks), Angie Serappa (Boston Hardcore scene), Nancy Barile (Boston Hardcore scene), Mike Watt (Minutemen), Dave Markey (filmmaker), Jordan Schwartz (filmmaker), Howard Saunders (Philadelphia promoter), Perry Webb (Culturcide), Ian MacKaye (Minor Threat, Fugazi), Bobby Steele (Undead, Misfits), Greg Hetson (Circle Jerks, Bad Religion), Richard "Crispy" Cranmer (White Cross), Ken Inouye (Marginal Man), Jesse Malin (Heart Attack), Henry Rollins (Black Flag), Jeff Atta (Middle Class), Mike Patton (Middle Class), Chris Foley (SS Decontrol), Dave "Springa" Springs (SS Decontrol), Dicky Barrett (Impact Unit, Mighty Mighty Bosstones), Dave Dictor (Millions Of Dead Cops), Chris Doherty (Gang Green), Brett Gurewitz (Bad Religion, Epitaph Records), Greg Ginn (Black Flag, SST Records), Moby (Vatican Commandos), Sean Taggert (New York Hardcore scene), Jack Grisham (TSOL), Paul Mahern (Zero Boys), Dan Kubinski (Die Kreuzen), Kimm Gardner (CH3), Paul "H.R." Hudson (Bad Brains), Brian Baker (Minor Threat, Dag Nasty, Bad Religion), Chuck Treece (McRad, Bad Brains), Gary "Dr. Know" Miller (Bad Brains), Flea (Fear, Red Hot Chili Peppers), Steve Soto (Adolescents), Frank Agnew (Adolescents), Casey Royer (Adolescents, D.I.), Curtis Casella (Taang! Records), Tony Cadena (Adolescents), Harley Flanagan (Cro-Mags, Stimulators), Darryl Jenifer (Bad Brains), Jerry Williams (Bad Brains/Beastie Boys, producer), Dave Brockie (Gwar), Alec MacKaye (The Faith), Dante Ferrando (Iron Cross), Dez Cadena (Black Flag, Red Cross), Phil Anselmo (Superjoint Ritual, Pantera), Hank Williams III (Superjoint Ritual), Duff McKagan (The Fartz, Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver), Kira Roessler (Black Flag), George Anthony (Battalion Of Saints), Jack Rabid (The Big Takeover fanzine), Rev. Hank Pierce (roadie), Dave Smalley (DYS, Descendents), Kevin Seconds (7 Seconds), Al Barile (SS Decontrol), Jamie Serappa (SS Decontrol), Christine McCarthy (Boston Hardcore scene), Alec Peters (promoter, manager), Jon Anastas (DYS), Jimmy Gestapo (Murphy's Law), Vinnie Stigma (Agnostic Front), Alvin Robertson (Bad Brains roadie), John Joseph (Cro-Mags), Todd Youth (Agnostic Front, Murphy's Law), Matthew Barney (filmmaker, sculptor), Tommy Stinson (The Replacements), Reed Mullin (Corrosion Of Conformity), Steve DePace (Flipper), Mark Arm (Mr. Epp, Green River, Mudhoney), Bruce Loose (Flipper), Ted Falconi (Flipper), Mike Dean (C.O.C.), Joe Carducci (SST Records), Steve "Mugger" Corbin (Nig-Heist), Greta Brinkman (Wasted Talent, Unseen Force), Brandon Cruz (Dr. Know, Dead Kennedys), Louiche Mayorga (Suicidal Tendencies), Alex Gonzales (LA Death Squad), Edward Colver (photographer), Sean Stern (Youth Brigade), Mark Stern (Youth Brigade), Sal Canzonieri (Electric Frankenstein), Gary Tovar (promoter, Goldenvoice founder), Wino (The Obsessed), Anthony Countey (Bad Brains
manager), Sid McCray (original Bad Brains member), Jack Flanagan (The Mob), Winston Smith (graphic artist), Zander Schloss (Circle Jerks)
The Bands:
Adolescents (Orange County, CA), Agnostic Front (New York, NY), Articles Of Faith (Chicago, IL), Bad Brains (Washington, DC/ New York, NY), Bad Religion (San Fernando Valley, CA), Battalion Of Saints (San Diego, CA), Big Boys (Austin, TX), Black Flag (Hermosa Beach, CA), Channel 3 (Orange County, CA), Circle Jerks (Los Angeles, CA), C.O.C. (Corrosion Of Conformity) (Raleigh, NC), Cro-Mags (New York, NY), D.I. (Orange County, CA), Dicks (Austin, TX), Die Kreuzen (Milwaukee, WI), D.O.A. (Vancouver, BC), D.R.I. (Houston, TX), DYS (Boston, MA), The Faith (Washington, DC), Fartz (Seattle, WA), Flipper (San Francisco, CA), The Freeze (Boston, MA), Gang Green (Boston, MA), Gwar (Richmond, VA), Heart Attack (New York, NY), Iron Cross (Washington, DC), Jerry's Kids (Boston, MA), McRad (Philadelphia, PA), Marginal Man (Washington, DC), MDC (Millions of Dead Cops) (Austin, TX/San Francisco, CA), Middle Class (Orange County, CA), Minor Threat (Washington, DC), Minutemen (San Pedro, CA), The Mob (New York, NY), Mr. Epp (Seattle, WA), Murphy's Law (New York, NY), Necros (Toledo, OH), Negative Approach (Detroit, MI), Negative FX (Boston, MA), Nig-Heist (Hermosa Beach, CA), Poison Idea (Portland, OR), Really Red (Houston, TX), The Replacements (Minneapolis, MN), Scream (Washington, DC), 7 Seconds (Reno, NV), S.O.A. (Washington, DC), SS Decontrol (Boston, MA), Suicidal Tendencies (Venice, CA), Teen Idles (Washington, DC), TSOL (Orange County, CA), Undead (New York, NY), Unseen Force (Richmond, VA), Vatican Commandos (Darien, CT), Wasted Talent (Harrisburg, PA), Wasted Youth (Venice, CA), White Cross (Richmond, VA), Void (Washington, DC), YDI (Philadelphia, PA), Youth Brigade (Hollywood, CA), Zero Boys (Indianapolis, IN)
Director: Paul Rachman
Country: USA
USA: 100 mins
USA Rated: R for pervasive language including sex and drug references
USA Release Date: 29 September 2006 (Limited Release - Los Angeles)
USA Release Date: 22 September 2006 (Limited Release - New York)


Generally unheralded at the time, the early 1980s hardcore punk rock scene gave birth to much of the rock music and culture that followed. There would be no Nirvana, Beastie Boys or Red Hot Chili Peppers were it not for hardcore pioneers such as Black Flag, Bad Brains and Minor Threat. Hardcore was more than music—it was a social movement created by Reagan-era misfit kids.

The participants constituted a tribe unto themselves—some finding a voice, others an escape in the hard-edged music. And while some sought a better world, others were just angry and wanted to raise hell.

AMERICAN HARDCORE traces this lost subculture, from its early roots in 1980 to its extinction in 1986.