The Special features would put this over the top in ratings, but the ratio is just too awful and cheap looking. Stereotypical gang members that easily look over 30 but still attend high-school, big fat ugly lesbian prison wardens, romantic rivalry, jealousy, treason, roller-skating shootouts, secretly desired rape sequences and last but not least female Maoist guerrilla fighters. Their boyfriends have their own gang, and they all hang together with the Jezebels, in an abandoned warehouse. It's everything I hoped Ted V. If you are a fan of his, and don't mind B movies, I think you'll like this. Most of its current popularity can be attributed to film director , who named the picture a personal favorite and re-released it in 1996 under his label. Monica Gayle delivers a standout performance as Patch, a gang member who comes to distrust and despise Maggie.
Lee reminded me a bit of a female James Cagney with her toughness and the way she speaks through her teeth and there is even a scene where she flips a coin up and down while talking tough with the Warden. Funny, though, how the title of the film is never actually said in the film. The other girls, from the too soft Donut to the too pretty Maggie, were no more convincing. It's just plain bad though not in the ways most movies are. These aren't the reasons why Switchblade Sisters is a bad movie; it's bad because of its all too commonplace unseemliness. One such scene happens rather early on when the girls are sentenced to a jail and they come under attack from a large woman who is the boss. After Crabs shoots Dominic's brother and orchestrates the of one of the Debs, Maggie devises an ambush on Crabs's men at a local.
The leader of the pack's Robbie Lee boyfriend Asher Brauner rapes Maggie, causing tension, and a rival group viciously attacks the Debs and their male duplicates seemingly out of nowhere. Amid the personal problems of the main characters, they must go to war with a gang that masquerades as community activists. A rich assortment of familiar actors in the supporting roles include Marlene Clark as black revolutionary Muff, Don Stark as Hook, Bill Adler as Fingers, Kate Murtagh as butch lesbian prison guard Mom Smackley, and Bob Minor as police officer Parker. Epper played the reverend's wife in the first segment of. They all carry switch-blade knives, and know how to use them.
A persons impression of a movie sometimes depends on what they're expecting before they see it. Evil Deb Patch Monica Gayle knows this and manipulates Lace into hating Maggie. Robbie Lee isn't contained and lets it rip, playing her role as the confrontational Lace to the hilt, with Nail, in her short shorts, delivering her lines with gusto, staring her opposition right in the eyes, unflinchingly, ready for a fight. One such errand- delivering a love note to Lace's boyfriend, Dominic , ends in Dominic following Maggie home and raping her. The girl gang members aren't threatening. Lace Robbie Lee , the ever tooth-gritting leader, befriends her but soon has doubts -- it seems Lace's man Dominic Asher Brauner , head of the Silver Daggers, fancies the new recruit. Gayle is my gal, though, as Patch, a ferocious back-stabbing bitch who persuades Lace to commit unspeakable acts that cause major repercussions which change the landscape of their lives, disrupting a harmony her gang had before Maggie came along.
A confrontation between the Dagger Debs and a gets all the female members — and Maggie — arrested. The effort proves disastrous when Crabs' men show up armed with rifles, kill Dominic, and brutally assault Lace, causing her to. She is covered in blood, the survivor of a knife fight in which the other participant wasn't so lucky. A few other familiar faces pop up in small roles like Kate Murtagh and John Voldstad but Monica Gayle as Patch does make an impact in her part and she seems to be secretly in love with Lace. When a drug kingpin threatens their survival, the huge battle that results, severely tests the loyalties of the Jezebels to each other, and to their boyfriends. Subsequently, Dagger Deb leader Lace Robbie Lee decides she likes Maggie and entrusts her with running errands while she serves a brief sentence in juvenile hall.
Another terrific scene happens towards the middle when there's a violent gun battle at a roller rink. For more information, go to the. The members refuse to believe Lace's assertions, and a ensues between Lace and Maggie. Goes to show there is no loyalty among gangs. Sure this is a really, really stupid movie, but you've got to see it to believe it. If downloading is available, you can to two locations. I vote for Patch to be the Jezebel's unhinged leader! Aside from the few scenes that just seem utterly pointless, and aside from Robbie Lee's incessant whining, it's a great film to watch; full of giggles and smiles.
If applicable, we will notify you about this before processing your order. What happens during the two attack scenes are just priceless and will have the viewer rolling. It touches on issues like gang rape and murder and sexism and miscarriage, but the tendency to only prick each item as a sort of prelude to the eventual bloody retribution is disconcerting. Happily, 'Switchblade Sisters' is so good you'd think you'd dreamed it yourself. Switchblade Sisters, apart of the more or less dozen films in Tarantino's Rolling Thunder pictures collection re-released exploitation flicks and foreign films , was worth the watch for a past midnight time of viewing. Most notably, the character in the films seems to be heavily influenced by Patch. The widescreen print looks great, and the extras are voluminous, informative and entertaining.
Now that's a deal movie fans! Both Hill's deserve their place in psychotronic history! A riotously entertaining mix of sex, jealousy, and massive firepower that critics loved -- don't miss your chance to see one of the wildest films ever made! Back at the Jezebels' hideout, Lace and Patch attempt to convince the gang that Maggie was the traitor. The film is also known as The Jezebels. That speech Maggie makes to the cops as they are dragging her off to jail is incredible. I just love this movie! This movie is kind of like The Warriors meets Fast Times at Ridgemont High meets L7. All the while, Maggie suspects that someone in her group tipped Crabs off to their plans at the roller rink, not knowing that Patch has already uncovered the real traitor: Lace, who organized the ambush to get Maggie killed in revenge for her stealing Dom and for assuming the role of leader of the Dagger Debs. The attractiveness of Switchblade Sisters is, ironically enough, purely accidental.
Another thing that makes the film really work is that, more often than not which was also the case with Hill's Pam Grier pictures is that it's very, very funny. Robbie Lee plays Lace the Debs' leader, and fulfills all the promise she showed in Roger Corman's 'Big Bad Mama' the previous year. Sure this is low budget junk but that's the appeal to these types of films. Switchblade Sisters is a gut-busting assortment of atrocious writing, poor acting, and dreadful directing, but all those things are charms rather than obstacles. Many fine scenes include the clichéd action in the penitentiary and the gunfights at the roller rink and in the streets. As long as one doesn't take this film seriously, or compare it too closely to Faster Pussycat of Ultra-Vixens, it will be enjoyable to anyone looking for a cheezy laugh or three.