Paul Le Mat plays "Spider," a young man who makes a meager living repairing CB radios and spends his spare time volunteering with REACT International. He lives with his father, an irascible retired truck driver (Roberts Blossom) whose CB handle is "Papa Thermodyne."

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“Directed by the young Jonathan Demme, who has graduated from cheaply made exploitation films (Caged Heat, Crazy Mama, Fighting Mad), Handle with Care is a palmy, elegantly deadpan comedy…who would have thought that there could be such a thing as redneck grace?”—Pauline Kael, The New Yorker

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Handle with Care currently holds a 100% rating at Rotten Tomatoes with an average score of 7.9/10 among the critics.[2]U

The movie was originally released as Citizens Band, and was later released in an edited version as Handle with Care. In the film, all of the cast of characters are known by their CB "handles" (nicknames).

“Writer Paul Brickman has created a townful of likable middle-American eccentrics out of Preston Sturges, and director Jonathan Demme has brought them to life with an assured vitality worthy of Frank Capra.”—NYFF15 program note

I am in the Uk, and i have been trying to get this film on any format for years, it simply isnt available here, I too wish it was on DVD, it seems strange it isnt transferred but we will keep watching for it on Amazon.Madman UK CB'er

Handle with Care a.k.a. Citizen’s BandJonathan Demme | 1977 | USA | 98m | 35mm

"Chrome Angel" (played by Charles Napier) is an interstate truck driver named Harold, passing through the outskirts of town during bad weather when he is injured in an accident. After Chrome Angel issues an emergency call over CB Channel 9, Spider rescues him, taking him to the hospital.

A paperback novelization of the film written by E.M. Corder was published by Pocket Books in 1977.

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Handle with Care is a 1977 comedy movie set in a small town in Nebraska and loosely based on the wide popularity of citizens' band radio, usually called "CB" at the time. It was directed by Jonathan Demme.[1]

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As Chrome Angel's two wives learn they are both married to the same man, and Spider learns that his former fiancee is the infamous Electra, much of the last part of the film consists of the myriad complicated friendships and odd romantic relationships that finally come to a head. Finally, the whole town comes together in a search and rescue effort after Papa Thermodyne suddenly disappears.

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Spider's former fiancee, Pam ("Electra"—Candy Clark), is a cheerleading coach and physical education teacher who, unbeknownst to Spider, has a hobby of her own, striking up erotic conversations over the CB with teenage boys. She is also romantically interested in Spider's older brother, Dean (Bruce McGill), who goes by the CB handle "Blood."

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An engaging and modest movie about how individuals in a small town are drawn together through their CBs.

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This charming film (aka Handle With Care) was a commercial failure, but it holds up well and resonates more strongly when examined vis-a-vis Demme's other communal films, Melvin and Howard and Something Wild.

“An almost flawless act of sympathetic imagination. This picture suggests what it might have been like if Jean Renoir had directed a Preston Sturges comedy.”—Pauline Kael, The New Yorker

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Handle With Care (1977)

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This movie interlaces the stories of several characters in a small town united by their use of CB (citizen's band) radio. Paul LeMat is the local CB coordinator who has time for little else in his life. His father, Roberts Blossom is a sour old man who is nice on the radio. Charles Napier is a trucker hospitalized after an accident, with hilarious consequences. Written by Reid Gagle