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Edgeplay: A Film About the Runaways (2004)

Cast: Vicki Blue, Cherie Currie, Jackie Fox, more...
Director: Victory Tischler-Blue
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Image Entertainment
Genre: Documentary, Music, Biographies, Documentary, Music
Running Time: 109 min.
Languages: English
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Years before the Go-Go's and the Bangles proved the commercial viability of all-female rock bands (and while Courtney Love was still in grade school), the Runaways were blazing new trails for women in rock & roll. Playing loud, swaggering hard rock which unapologetically dealt with sex, drugs, and wild living, the Runaways were seen as a novelty act by many when they released their first album in 1976; it wasn't until years later, after the solo success of band members Joan Jett and Lita Ford, that their importance and influence was widely recognized. Edgeplay: A Film About the Runaways is a documentary directed by Victory Tischler-Blue (who, as Vicki Blue, played bass with the group) which deals with the ups and downs of the band's career -- a story fraught with abusive management, sexual stereotyping, an uncomprehending record company, and a band of teenagers who were literally growing up on the road. A number of the group's better known songs do not appear in Edgeplay, due to the fact that Joan Jett refused to cooperate with the making of the film or allow her songs to be used on the soundtrack. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Tense, gritty by MDeMars June 2, 2006 - 7:51 PM PDT
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Excellent behind the scenes documentary of a rock band. I'm the same age as the band members and I remember growing up listening to their music. I used to think how great it could be being 16 and touring the world in a band. As you see in this film ;however, it wasn't great for the Runaways.Unfortunately they were a band of teenagers exploited, used and abused by their manager and record company. The film is a real honest, no holds barred behind the scenes look at a group of teenagers who were promised stardom while everyone they trusted screwed them over. It's unfortunate that Joan Jett refused to participate in the film. It would be interesting to hear her side of the story.

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