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Heart Like a Hand Grenade
Heart Like a Hand Grenade.jpg
Directed by John Roecker
Produced by
  • Billie Joe Armstrong
  • John Roecker
  • Billie Joe Armstrong
  • Mike Dirnt
  • Tré Cool
Cinematography John Roecker
Edited by
  • Scott Gawlik
  • Dean Gonzalez


Crazy Cow Productions
Distributed by Abramorama
Release date October 15, 2015
Running time 97 minutes

Heart Like a Hand Grenade is a 2015 film featuring Green Day  during the recording of American Idiot. It was directed by John Roecker and filmed over the process of fifteen months between 2005 and 2006. It is a documentary about the songwriting and recording process of the album.




The film had a limited, one night release in Hollywood at Grauman's Egyptian Theatre on March 25, 2009 to a crowd of more than 400 people.

On July 15, 2014, director John Roecker announced on his Facebook page that the film would be released to the public. On May 18, 2015, Roecker mentioned on his personal Facebook page that the sound mix was done and that the movie was in Warner Brothers' hands: "I am happy to announce that Heart Like A Hand Grenade: The Making of American Idiot is finished. Sound mix done and now off to Warner Brothers. I want to thank Scott Gawlik and Dylan Melody for their amazing talent and making this film incredible. Also thank you Chris Dugan for creating an American Idiot overture the one I wanted 11 years ago!"

On June 12, 2015, director John Roecker confirmed on his Facebook page that Warner Brothers had a release date/period for the film: "Deal with Warners is Done! Praise Satan! See you in September. Heart Like A Hand Grenade: The Making of American Idiot teaser coming soon. I want to thank my brothers Dylan Melody, Dean Gonzalez, Scott Gawlik for making my film how I envisioned it. Eleven years but it has been worth will not be disappointed this film is the shit."

Heart Like a Hand Grenade made its world premiere on October 8, 2015 at the 38th Mill Valley Film Festival, and it was released to theaters in the US the following week. It received a worldwide release on November 11, and it was available on DVD and digital release on November 13.


Heart Like a Hand Grenade received positive reviews from critics and fans. The film currently has a 7.3 on IMDB and an 81% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.