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Scorpio Rising (1964)

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An army of gay/nazi bikers make their engines roar and ride the way to pain/pleasure as sexual and sadistic symbols are intercut into the dazing chaos and rhythmic experiences of this ... See full summary »

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Uncredited cast:
Ernie Allo ...
Joker (uncredited)
Bruce Byron ...
Scorpio (uncredited)
Frank Carifi ...
Leo (uncredited)
Steve Crandell ...
Blondie (uncredited)
Johnny Dodds ...
Kid (uncredited)
Bill Dorfman ...
Back (uncredited)
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Jesus Christ (archive footage) (uncredited)
John Palone ...
Pinstripe (uncredited)
Barry Rubin ...
Fall Guy (uncredited)
Johnny Sapienza ...
Taurus (uncredited)
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An army of gay/nazi bikers make their engines roar and ride the way to pain/pleasure as sexual and sadistic symbols are intercut into the dazing chaos and rhythmic experiences of this underground film by cult director Anger. Written by <cl_navarro@infonie.fr>

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10 October 1969 (Denmark)  »

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There are thirteen different songs on the soundtrack, all U.S. pop songs that were popular in the 1959-1964 period. Contrary to rumor, their use in this film was not "unlicensed." Kenneth Anger hired an attorney to get the legal rights to use all thirteen songs in a short-subject film. He paid a total of about $8000 (slightly over $50,000 in 2007 dollars) for all the music rights, around twice as much as the rest of the film cost him to make. It has been a good investment, because "Scorpio Rising" has consistently been his most popular and most rented film over the years. See more »

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Blue Velvet
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Written by Lee Morris and Bernie Wayne
Performed by Bobby Vinton
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17 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

I saw this movie in a community college film study class filled with dopey surfers, jocks, and hicks. Our professor was from a more cultured area and decided we needed to experience experimental, underground film-work that helped shape the way we view films today. The lights went out. The projector went on. We were brutally raped by images that we'd never seen before, only heard about. Many of the students were offended by it and didn't return to the class. The few of us who stuck around afterward learned about Kenneth Anger, what he was trying to say and the way he used film as a tool of expression rather than a story telling medium. This movie I will never forget as it reached out and smacked the viewer in the face and still does even by today's standards.


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