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Women in Revolt (1971)

X | | Comedy, Drama | December 1971 (USA)
This film is a satire of the women's liberation movement, staring a trio of female impersonators. Candy is an aloof heiress caught in an unhappy relationship with her brother. Jackie is a ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Candy Darling ... Candy
Jackie Curtis ... Jackie
Holly Woodlawn ... Holly
Jonathan Kramer Jonathan Kramer ... Journalist
Michael Sklar Michael Sklar ... Max Morris
Maurice Braddell Maurice Braddell ... Candy's Father
Johnny Kemper Johnny Kemper ... Johnny Minute
Martin Kove ... Marty (as Marty Kove)
Paul Kilb Paul Kilb
Duncan MacKenzie Duncan MacKenzie ... Duncan
Dusty Springs Dusty Springs ... Dusty
George Abagnalo George Abagnalo ... Photographer
Frank Cavestani
Prindiville Ohio Prindiville Ohio
Penny Arcade ... Penny
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This film is a satire of the women's liberation movement, staring a trio of female impersonators. Candy is an aloof heiress caught in an unhappy relationship with her brother. Jackie is a virginal intellectual who believes women are oppressed in contemporary American society. And Holly is a nymphomaniac who has come to loathe men, despite her attraction to them. Together, they join a militant feminist group, P.I.G. (Politically Involved Girls), but their newfound liberation doesn't make them any happier. Written by Anonymous

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The Beginning of the Sexual Revolution!

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Andy Warhol's Pigs See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Jackie: [to Holly] Who told you to bring me that plant? I need that plant? I already got a shrub in there!
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Paul Morrissey's tour-de-force of drag queen feminism!
6 May 2000 | by Casey-52See all my reviews

No one has reviewed this gem yet? Wow! This is the fourth Warhol/Morrissey film I've seen and the only one without Joe Dallesandro. But he isn't missed too much with the amazing talent and storyline given here!

Jackie Curtis, Candy Darling, and Holly Woodlawn (the three top drag queen Superstars) are three members of PIGs (Politically Involved Girls). We see their trials, tribulations, relationships with men (and women), their feminist attacks on men, and how they all end up wasted and abandoned.

Of the three lead actresses, Jackie Curtis is my favorite. She knows how to deliver dialogue to make it zing with humor, she knows which facial contortions display which emotions, and she certainly is a natural comedienne. I had only seen her previously in "Flesh" and was not impressed (by her acting or her drag get-up), but here, Jackie gets a look that suits her and delivers the goods. Candy Darling is a gorgeous willowy blonde (the only queen with a chest resembling a woman's) and she is just as great as the socialite member of PIGs. She is a lot better than she was in "Flesh" and gives a star-making performance. Now, Holly Woodlawn was Oscar-worthy in "Trash" and was the main reason why I bought this movie. Instead, her character here is badly composed and Holly is given little to do throughout the movie! Her one good scene: her opening scene where she's yelling at/beating/having sex with her boyfriend Marty. Other than that, Holly is wasted and just plain forgettable. It's not her fault, I blame director Paul Morrissey for spending unequal screen time with all three actresses!

"Women in Revolt" has several hidden surprises for Warhol fans. Veteran Warhol actors make appearances, but don't live up to their previous performances. Jane Forth is a member of PIGs, but how could she top the rich girl in "Trash"? She has barely any lines and appears in three scenes. Geri Miller, another one of my favorites, is seen briefly in Lorraine's Bar and has no lines. Shame, her voice is cute and so is her personality. Maurice Braddell, the old artist in "Flesh", is Candy's stuck-up father. He also isn't as memorable as his previous role. Michael Sklar, the welfare worker in "Trash", plays a sleazy promoter who Candy sleeps with to get a job. He's not too good here. Jonathan Kramer, who was one of few Warhol Superstars to appear in "Midnight Cowboy" (as a transvestite), is a crummy journalist who humiliates Candy and gets into a fistfight with her! He's great! Martin Kove plays Marty, Holly's boyfriend, completely in the buff, quite a change from his appearance as a comic relief cop in "Last House on the Left"! Johnny Kemper is "Mr. America", a male gigolo who conforms Jackie to heterosexuality. I wonder if they were a real-life couple? An in-joke is evident when Candy mentions her new movie, "Blonde on a Bum Trip", an actual exploitation movie made in 1968!

Overall, "Women In Revolt" is a forgotten Morrissey film, but is a whole lot funnier than his Dallesandro films, features a better ensemble cast than any of his other films, and is itching for a new modern audience to embrace it!


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