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Scorpio Rising
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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Ernie Allo ... Joker (uncredited)
Bruce Byron ... Scorpio (uncredited)
Frank Carifi ... Leo (uncredited)
Steve Crandell ... Blondie (uncredited)
Johnny Dodds ... Kid (uncredited)
Bill Dorfman ... Back (uncredited)

Nelson Leigh ... Jesus Christ (uncredited) (archive footage)
John Palone ... Pinstripe (uncredited)
Barry Rubin ... Fall Guy (uncredited)
Johnny Sapienza ... Taurus (uncredited)

Directed by
Kenneth Anger 
 
Writing credits
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Kenneth Anger  uncredited
Ernest D. Glucksman 

Produced by
Ernest D. Glucksman .... producer
Arthur P. Schmidt .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Jack Brooks 
David Raksin 
 
Cinematography by
Kenneth Anger (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Kenneth Anger (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Jeremy Kay (uncredited)
 
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Tony Bandusk .... location assistant
 
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The bedroom in which the biker "Scorpio" (Bruce Byron) is seen, beginning with the "You Look like An Angel" sequence, was that person's actual apartment in Manhattan, which was full of Siamese cats. Kenneth Anger just brought in some lights and filmed whatever was there, just as it was. Byron owned a little black-and-white TV set which was switched on while Anger was filming, and the Marlon Brando motorcycle-gang movie The Wild One (1953) was actually playing on the television at the time, something that Anger has called a "magical coincidence." He filmed some images of the movie playing on the television, and later cut them into his own film.See more »
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Referenced in Aakhri Muqabala (1977)See more »
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Fools Rush InSee more »

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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
One of the best experimental films ever shot, 28 March 2006
Author: CoreyBoy86 from United States

Kenneth Anger's "Scorpio Rising", set to the tune of thirteen 1960's pop songs, ranks as one of the best films ever shot in the experimental genres, which to some people might translate as the best pile of dog poop ever made, but in terms of visual imagery, context, and use of music, it ranks up there as one of the most important films of the 60's. Kenneth Anger's trademarks (outsider as protagonist, homosexual iconography, pop culture looked at in a different light) are at their most poignant here with most memorable scenes set to 'Blue Velvet", "I Will Follow Him", and "Wipe Out". Also classic is the use of clips from Cecil B. DeMille's "King of Kings" of Jesus and his disciples walking superimposed between shots of gay bikers. A classic piece of Americana.

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