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Groupies (1970)

Cast: Ten Years After, Ten Years After, Joe Cocker, more...
Director: Ron Dorfman, Ron Dorfman
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Studio: Cherry Red
Genre: Documentary, Music, Biographies, Documentary, Music
Running Time: 75 min.
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In the late '60s and early '70s, seemingly every major rock festival and a number of top rock bands had become the subjects of documentary films, so it was probably just a matter of time before someone decided to take a look at the backstage scene in the wild world of heavy rock. For Groupies, filmmakers Ron Dorfman and Peter Nevard spent several months on the then-thriving rock ballroom circuit, filming a few notable bands, but spending most of their time with the women who'd devoted their time to following and "getting to know" their favorite rock stars (as well as a handful of young men who try, with little success, to share their affections with members of Ten Years After). Ranging from young unknowns new to the music scene to the royalty of the groupie community (including Miss Pamela -- aka Pamela Des Barres, who wrote an entertaining book on her experiences -- and Cynthia Plaster Caster, who preserved the "instruments" of a number of well-known rockers in plaster of Paris), Groupies follows these women and attempts to explain how they came by their decadent lifestyle. If nothing else, Groupies offers your only opportunity to hear several women onscreen debate the pros and cons of sleeping with Luther Grosvenor from the band Spooky Tooth. Groupies also features onscreen performances from Joe Cocker, Ten Years After, and Terry Reid. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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Expected More--Not Sure Why by Drexel October 30, 2006 - 8:24 PM PST
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
I've been fascinated by groupies since I first heard Sable Starr was something like 14 and gallavanting around with Johnny Thunder. I'd often wondered what, or how?, a girl decides to become a groupie, what they got out of it and got the answers in Miss Pammie's books, Bebe Buell's book, Cyrinda Foxe's book. I would have liked a real interview with some of these young women away from their friends, fans, guys just to see what, if anything, they really had to say without any peer pressure to be too hip to have a clear though in their pretty little minds. I was fascinated with the teeth brushing scenes--here, the whole apartment is a mess, the bathroom looks diseased, the girls look diseased and this chick is dutifully brushing her teeth for 5 mins. I guess after having other things in there a good brushing is better than nothing. I do think Pam's book(s) are far more insightful and informative about the groupie psyche but the film gives you a more gritty glimpse of the reality of the way the girls just hung around slagging everyone and waiting for someone to notice them. All the books will give you a more indepth, rounder view of groupies and their motivation. This film will show you, very briefly, the courser side to the life. A quick follow up on some of the young women in the film would have been interesting (where do you go after bedding Led Zeppelin?) like what are they doing now that they are all middle aged (um, strange mental image that), what did they end up doing/being (did they all settle down to dull lives or what?), that kind of thing.

A Vulgar and Disturbing Look Back-Worth Every Penny! by mmcintyre1 October 27, 2005 - 6:55 PM PDT
4 out of 6 members found this review helpful
The first time I'd heard of this movie was from Pamela DesBarres herself-I finally got a chance to track this gem down. Now, some of the audio mixing is inaudible, but that really does'nt matter seeing you already know where the film is going. It's great seeing a young Pamela and Cynthia (plaster caster..that is). All of the performances themselves are stunning and worth the price of admission alone-Great to see some live Terry Reid, Ten Years After stuff from the late 1960's also the Spooky Tooth clips are great,just wish there were more. The highlights, besides the obvious consistant nudity & hihgly vulgar content, has to be the exchanges between the members of the plaster Casters and Luther from Spooky Tooth-Brilliant, almost like it was scripted.Another highlight is the Male fan (dressed in drag) begging a very young Terry Reid backstage for a "Ride Home"-Hysterical! Bottom line-This is a one of a kind sexual road trip back to a once in a lifetime period and the way people were able to just throw caution to the wind and follow their dreams and desires. Highly recommended to any inerested party looking for some insight to a lifestyle that is rarely seen by many-Just in time for the re-release of Pamela's Book "I'm With The Band"-Out October 13th 2005!

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