Mustang to Paducah
After stumbling onto a multiple murder on a road trip, two aimless hippies become the prime suspects.
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A ZANY SIXTIES ROAD TRIP
Set in 1969, Mustang To Paducah follows the comic travails of Cruiser and Peanut, two aimless Miami hippies, who are returning a brand-new Mustang for a tourist from Kentucky for a thousand in cash. Their spur-of-the-moment road trip lands the flaky duo at the scene of a multiple murder. Before long, the pair are on the lam as the prime suspects. Hot on their trail are an unhinged FBI agent and the ruthless female contract killer who committed the murders.
ADVENTURE, COMEDY AND ROMANCE
Cruiser and Peanut’s world goes from bad to worse as they discover they have become unwitting drug mules and been paid in counterfeit money. Their journey has some unexpected rewards, however. Cruiser and Peanut both discover the loves of their lives as their gonzo journey careens from Miami through Paducah, Detroit, Toronto, and for Cruiser, back to his birthplace in Havana. Cruiser eventually returns to the USA with a new identity, a small fortune, and a chance to rejoin the woman he was forced to leave behind. The diminutive Peanut finds happiness in the Canadian hinterlands with a bride twice his size.
A CULTURAL AWAKENING
Nestled slyly into this madcap road trip is the cultural awakening of two young Miami refugees, one from Cuba, the other from Georgia. After venturing outside their inner-city world for the first time, these offspring of working-class parents discover a form of hippie heresy: The flower child ethos of dropping out and going back to the land feels less like liberation and more like a step back to the hardships their families fled in Havana and Waycross.