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Women with Balls of Brass (In Their Purses)
List creator: monstress
Created on: July 8, 2005 - 6:50 PM PDT
Description: Some films that include a glimpse of great actresses tapping the Shiva within. Yummy! Forgive the spelling errors, it's my first list.

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The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
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  Angela Landsbury is the Red Queen: she plays this evil wolf-bitch to the hilt, and has excellent hair throughout.
The Exorcist (1973)
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  Mercedes McCambridge and Linda Blair share the honors of delivering the possessed Regan (Pazuzu). McCambridge prepared to do the voice by having herself tied up, eating raw eggs, and smoking her head off.
The War of the Roses (1989)
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  Kathleen Turner is a goddess! Her Mrs. Rose is sick to death and willing to die to give her man a bad day. Woof.
Wild at Heart (1990)
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  The wickedly snide Diane Ladd to Laura Dern: "You look a little pale. Can I buy you a tan?"
Monster (2003)
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  Charlize Theron is terrifying and pitiable as a tortured serial killer. She is a total acting bad-butt.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
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  Julie Dawn Cole as Veruca Salt: singing little beyatch-kitten with a hellacious temper! Unfortunately, the best role she ever had to date.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
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  Michelle Yeoh is strong and duty-bound even though her heart is breaking. She broke her knee doing a stunt for this movie, by the by.
Titus (1999)
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  Jessica Lange plays the most angry, scheming lady ever! Blood! Blood and revenge!
The Lion in Winter (1968)
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  Kate Hepburn is made of pure rage as Elenor, sending off sparks with every knife edged word. Her best performance in my book.
A League of Their Own (1992)
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  Geena Davis is the hard-core catcher who keeps her cool. Madonna plays a tart. No stretch there.
Mommie Dearest (1981)
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  Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford, the worst Mommy ever. NO MORE WIRE HANGERS!
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
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  Bette Davis gets her propers here for the Kick-Yer-Crippled-Sister scene. Spinetingling/breaking good fun!
The Night of the Hunter (Criterion) (1955)
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  Imagine if you will: sweet little ole Lillian Gish sitting in the dark with a shotgun across her lap, waiting for the killer to get in range. Awesome.
True Romance (1993)
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  After getting the crap beaten out of her for hours, Patricia Arquette's character finds her chance for revenge--with a corkscrew.
Kill Bill vol.2 (2004)
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  Uma! The Bride! How could I not include you? But forget not the lovely Darryl Hannah, kicking ass and losing eyeballs with flair.
The Taming of the Shrew (1967)
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  Oh, sweet Liz, how may I praise thee in this flick? There are no words.
Pieces of April (2003)
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  Patricia Clarkson turns her lovely growly voice to great benefit as the acerbic dying ma. She needs to be in more movies NOW>
Dangerous Liaisons (1988)
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  Glenn Close plays the meanest, schemingest beyatch this side of the Latin Quarter. Powder my bosom and call me Mamma!
Buffalo '66 (1998)
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  Angelic Huston as the cold, cold mother. Brilliant.
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
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  Faye Dunaway kicks asses as wee Bonnie, and looks great to boot.
Gone with the Wind (Disc 1 of 2) (1939)
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  Viviane Leigh will never go hungry again! No way!
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
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  Another hit out of the park by Ms. Taylor...
9 to 5 (1980)
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  Dolly, Lily and Jane all get their chance to humiliate their boss. A Rage of One's Own!
Klute (1971)
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  Jane Fonda conveys such steely savoir faire in this, then is able to show the fight-or-flight impulse better than any I know.
Frances (1982)
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  Such a good, sad movie. Lange is perfect for the role of Farmer, another Woman with Balls who paid dearly.
The Ice Storm (1997)
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  Two great performances: Sigourney Weaver as the cool, beautiful dissatisfied wife, Christina Ricci as the daring young pip with a libido.
Mystery Men (1999)
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  Janeane Garofalo is juicy and saucy as the Bowler, arguing with her dead dad.
Beetlejuice (1988)
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  Kathleen O'Hara will go crazy and take you with her! Pretension and hypertension on a Trisket!
Thelma & Louise (1991)
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  Another double hitter: Susan Saraden and Geena Davis play the span of human emotions while kicking trucker butt in a movie that can have no sequel. Awesome.
Children of Paradise (Criterion Collection) (Disc 1 of 2) (1945)
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  Arletty as the gorgeous, unflappable, unbuyable Garance: she is France, she is Love, she is Truth. L'amour est tout simple, indeed!
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
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  John Cameron Mitchell gets an honorary mention as Hedwig, Miriam Shor gets a doff of the cap for playing a tragic man.
L.A. Confidential (1997)
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  Kim Basinger is hard and soft, sweet and strong, bought and not for sale, all at once. And she has those cute lower back dimples!
Victor/Victoria (1982)
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  Julie Andrews is just spot-on as a transvestite guy who is a lady who loves James Garner. High C, baby!
Death Becomes Her (1992)
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  Not a good movie, but there's a great battle between Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn, and they take the subject for vast plastic surgery, which is pretty brave for aging actors of the female set.
Scaramouche (1952)
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Not Rated
  Eleanor Parker is great as the lovely, tempestuous Lenore. En garde!
Double Indemnity (1944)
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  Barabra Stanwyck is perfect as the lying, cheating, plotting, seducing manx of a wife.
Jackie Brown (1997)
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  Pam Grier delivers a performance that will hopefully keep getting her work. MORE GRIER!
Heathers (1989)
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  Winona Ryder as cult heroine, coming to grips with her murderous, mad boyfriend. CORN NUTS!
Heavenly Creatures (1994)
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  This is a hard movie for me, gripping but brutal. Melanie Lynskey and Kate Winslet deserve standing applause.
I Shot Andy Warhol (1996)
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  Excellent! Lili Taylor plays the author of the S.C.U.M. manifesto with relish.
Clay Pigeons (1998)
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  Ah, Angelena Jolie... She plays the insatiable vixen to the hilt, which ends up sticking out of her back. So good!
The Muppet Movie (1979)
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  Miss Piggy. Need I say more?
The Witches of Eastwick (1987)
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  Cher, Susan Sarandon, and Michelle Pfeiffer all get to have some fun, but let us not forget the inimitable Veronica Cartwright as the doomed voice of reason. Cherry pits never looked so gross.
The Accused (1988)
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  Kelly McGillis and Jodie Foster are both outstanding in this harsh, harsh movie. Absolutely riveting.
The Silence of the Lambs (Widescreen Special Edition) (1991)
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  Jodie Foster is a given, but don't forget the girl in the pit, Brooke Smith. It will put the lotion in the bucket...
Beloved (1998)
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  Oprah has one scene involing infantcide that is chilling. Thandie Newton has some great moments as well in what is a flawed but engrossing adaptation.
The Color Purple (1985)
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  Whoopi Goldberg proves she should be getting way better roles, Margaret Avery is great as Shug, Oprah is excellent as the steely Ophelia. Ladies, we salute you!
The Goonies (1985)
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  Anne Ramsey has a face like a mud fence and has fun with it, chasing whelps all over tarnation. I love when she interrogates Chunk.
Raising Arizona (1987)
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  Holly Hunter, in her police uniform, striding through the bank. So cute I could squeal!
Searching for Debra Winger (2002)
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  Debra Winger finally talks about why she left the biz. Several dozen others (including Charlotte Rampling) are also up for a chat.
Black Widow (1987)
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  Debra Winger is pretty bad-ass, but Theresa Russell steals the show as the last wife you'll ever have.
Terms of Endearment (1983)
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  Shirley MacClaine throws some awesom fits in this, really a very good cast and movie all around.
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003)
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  Demi Moore finally plays a beyatch worthy of her own beyatch-ness. Terrible movie, though.
Ruthless People (1986)
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  Bette Midler is great and bawdy in this mediocre movie.
To Die For (1995)
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  Ah, Nicole Kidman... she is seamless in her cold brutality and prissiness. Poor, poor Matt Dillon.
Addams Family Values (1993)
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  Joan Cusack not only dresses to reveal her voluptuous beauty, she gets to play a homicidal maniac!
The Opposite of Sex (1998)
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  Christina Ricci gets to have fun as a ne'er do well vixen, cutting a swath through a patch of men's hearts.
Young Frankenstein (1974)
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  Cloris Leachmen's Frau Blucher is a gas! What is it with the horses every time they call Blucher's name??
Blazing Saddles (1974)
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  Madeline Kahn, singing and sleazing her way across the screen... I love her. Fare thee well, you dear lady!
The Women (1939)
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Not Rated
  Norma Shearer, Rosalind Russell and about 100 more ladies all jump into the estrogen and gossip laced fray.
The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
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  Valerie Hobson as the Bride. With that 'do, who needs more than one expression?
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
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  Lucille La Verne is the voice ffor the Wicked Queen and her alter-ego, the Hag. Apple, anyone?
The Thin Man (1934)
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  Myrna Loy is sublime as Nora Charles. This is an AMAZING movie, though if you are a recovering alcoholic, you should probably not watch it. Many, many drinks.
The Wizard of Oz (70th Anniversary Special Edition) (1939)
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  Margaret Hamilton is the Wicked Witch of the West, suffering injuries from her make-up and her burning broom to scare the bejeezus out of little kids. 4 stars.
His Girl Friday (1940)
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  Rosalind Russell upstages the impeccable Cary Grant in this one, it is the best of her cinematic performances, and proves she needed way better scripts than were given to her.
The Passion of Joan of Arc (Criterion Collection) (1928)
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Not Rated
  Maria Falconetti is transcendent as Joan. Her only role on film, unfortunately for us all.
Brazil (Criterion Collection) (1985)
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  Katherine Helmond is the slowly rotting mother, Kim Greist is the daring love interest. How 'bout a little necrophilia?
Time Bandits (1981)
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  Katherine Helmond plays a minor character, but a good one: a lady who loves her beast of a hubby.
The Matrix (1999)
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  Carrie-Anne Moss gets on this list for how she looked in that get-up alone. Dagnabbit, girl!
Prizzi's Honor (1985)
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  Kathleen Turner is spectacular as a double-crossing assassin; Angelic Huston is stunning as a woman scorned.
Diabolique (Criterion Collection) (1954)
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  Simone Signoret plays a scheming beyatch, Véra Clouzot plays a supposedly weak woman.
The Virgin Suicides (1999)
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  Kirsten Dunst plays the girl who implodes under incredible pressure; Kathleen Turner plays the mother with love as crushing as a continental plate.
Barb Wire (1996)
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Not Rated
  I wish Pamela would take the boobs and heels off forever, I actually really like her. But until then, we have Barb!
Misery (1990)
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  Kathy Bates is just about the scariest fan ever. What an actor!
All About My Mother (1999)
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  Celia Cruz is sexy as all git out and capable of expressing the deepest grief, the most tentative healing, the sweetest forgiveness.
Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005)
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  Tyler Perry (another man in drag) brings Madea to the screen-big pumpkin boobs, pistol and all. I think this movie needs better editing because there is a lot of good work here.
Touch of Evil (1958)
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  Janet Leigh is steely and true in the interrogation scene with the Mexican roughs. And then there is the horrible ordeal at the Mirador Motel... What a lady.
Camelot (1967)
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Fight Club (1999)
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Little Voice (1998)
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