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October 19, 2013 4:50 PM   Subscribe

It is the late eighties or early nineties and you are watching a late night movie on UHF. It features a "wanderer" type person with big religious/philosophical ideas, set in the modern US, and loopily incoherent/incompetent. Is this a trope, what are the examples? What are examples of seminal bad late night movies which aren't scifi/horror?
posted by ennui.bz to Media & Arts (4 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
 
Floundering.
posted by lalex at 5:00 PM on October 19, 2013


Billy Jack?
posted by Ursula Hitler at 8:57 PM on October 19, 2013 [2 favorites]


The 1979 adaption of Wise Blood.

Greaser's Palace is somewhat in the same mold, but is a Western, specifically an Acid Western.
posted by zsazsa at 10:32 PM on October 19, 2013


If you discount the "modern" requirement, and allow that the "incompetence" is found only in the way that he doesn't fit in with the natives, then I thought of the old TV show Kung Fu with David Carradine. Looking at TVTropes, they call that Walking the Earth, so you might find more examples there.
posted by CathyG at 9:21 AM on October 20, 2013


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