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Switchblade Sisters (1975)

Cast: Robbie Lee, Robbie Lee, Janice Karman, more...
Director: Jack Hill, Jack Hill
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Studio: Miramax
Genre: Erotica
Running Time: 90 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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Exploitation auteur Jack Hill wrote and directed this wild, often satiric girl-gang movie, whose story is loosely (make that very, very loosely) based on Othello. The Silver Daggers are a gang of young hoods who control an inner-city high school, where they sell drugs and sex to the student body and fight anyone who gets in their way. The Daggers have a ladies' auxiliary, The Dagger Debs, who rumble just as hard as the men, but one day chief Dagger Deb Lace (Robbie Lee) meets her match in Maggie (Joanne Nail), a new kid who won't back down. When a scuffle lands Maggie and the Debs in jail for the night, Maggie comes to Lace's rescue, and Maggie becomes Lace's new right-hand woman. However, fellow Deb Patch (Monica Gayle) is jealous of Maggie's friendship with Lace, and begins spinning a web of deceit to destroy Lace's trust in the new deb. In the midst of the infighting, the Silver Daggers find their turf challenged by a rival gang who pose as a community action team, and the Debs join forces with a revolutionary political group. Kitty Bruce, Lenny Bruce's daughter, plays Doughnut, one of the Debs, and Marlene Clark plays a Mao-spouting revolutionary leader. This exploitation cult item gained a new life in 1996, when Quentin Tarantino, a big fan of director Hill, sponsored a theatrical re-release through his company Rolling Thunder Pictures. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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Grrrl Gang Shakespeare by DPOWERS November 15, 2002 - 11:57 PM PST
8 out of 9 members found this review helpful
There are girls. There are cat fights. There are legs and boobs and hair and attitude and blood and death and no prisoners. There are some god awful one-take lines and no budgets for anything. And yet, I kid you not, if you're not totally wowed by it and really rooting for somebody to be right and make it out alive, then -- you might notice -- this is the best f---ing adaptation of Othello you've ever seen on film. Best, as in, if you don't like Othello, it's because you haven't seen Switchblade Sisters.

What makes it so good is, it just goes for the feelings, the ambition and jealousy and love and betrayal, it puts them in a cage in a bare knuckle fight, centered on Monica Gayle as Patch, the greatest Iago of all time. 'Kay? You're seeing it, right? You're getting sleepy ... you're clicking the RENT button ...

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Quentin Tarantino's Rolling Thunder Pictures
In 1995 Tarantino formed Rolling Thunder Pictures, a production company bringing independent, foreign and exploitation films that he felt should be more readily available. The company closed in 1998 when Miramax pulled support due to poor sales.
Quentin T. Apparently Hearts These Films
Some films obviously referenced/ripped off in Kill Bill. I would add Godard's "Made In USA" as well. MSG me any others that you catch.

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