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Jackie Moran (screenplay)
Russ Meyer (original story)
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Release Date:
6 August 1965 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Russ Meyer's ode to the violence in women See more »
Plot:
Three go-go dancers holding a young girl hostage come across a crippled old man living with his two sons in the desert. After learning he's hiding a sum of cash around, the women start scheming on him. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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(3 articles)
Spears Denies Stripper Film Role
 (From WENN. 7 August 2008, 8:58 AM, PDT)

Tarantino Courts Porn Star
 (From WENN. 30 June 2008, 4:51 AM, PDT)

Filmmaker Russ Meyer Dies at 82
 (From WENN. 22 September 2004)

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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tura Satana ... Varla
Haji ... Rosie
Lori Williams ... Billie
Ray Barlow ... Tommy
Sue Bernard ... Linda (as Susan Bernard)
Michael Finn ... Gas Station Attendant (as Mickey Foxx)
Dennis Busch ... The Vegetable
Stuart Lancaster ... The Old Man
Paul Trinka ... Kirk
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Furlong ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Russ Meyer 
 
Writing credits
Jackie Moran (screenplay) (as Jack Moran)

Russ Meyer (original story)

Produced by
George Costello .... associate producer
Eve Meyer .... producer
Russ Meyer .... producer
Fred Owens .... associate producer
 
Cinematography by
Walter Schenk (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Russ Meyer 
Charles G. Schelling 
 
Makeup Department
George Costello .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Fred Owens .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Costello .... assistant director
William E. Tomko .... second unit director
 
Art Department
George Costello .... property master (uncredited)
George Costello .... set designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Richard S. Brummer .... boom operator
Richard S. Brummer .... sound editor (as Richard Serly Brummer)
Richard S. Brummer .... sound effects editor
Charles G. Schelling .... sound recordist (as Charles Schelling)
 
Visual Effects by
Orville Hallberg .... optical effects
 
Stunts
Richard S. Brummer .... stunt double: Ray Barlow (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Gilbert Haimson .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Fred Owens .... gaffer (uncredited)
Fred Owens .... key grip (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Igo Kantor .... music director
Paul Sawtell .... composer: music themes
Bert Shefter .... composer: music themes
Sidney Cutner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Howard Jackson .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Richard S. Brummer .... production assistant
Lee Green .... coordinator
Gilbert Haimson .... production assistant (as Gil Haimson)
Vicki Isaacs .... consultant: sports car racing
Vicki Juday .... consultant: sports car racing
Harvey Lippert .... consultant: sports car racing
Oliver F. Pesch .... coordinator
Nancy White .... consultant: sports car racing
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Also Known As:
"Faster Pussycat! Wham! Bang!" - USA (bowdlerized title)
"Faster Pussycat, Kill!... Kill!" - USA (poster title)
"Faster, Pussycat! Go! Go!" - USA (bowdlerized title)
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Runtime:
83 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:M | Canada:PG (Manitoba) | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-15 (2006) | France:16 | France:18 (1985 release) | France:12 (DVD rating) | Italy:VM18 | Italy:VM14 (DVD) | New Zealand:M | UK:18 | USA:TV-14 | USA:Unrated (unrated version) | West Germany:18

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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: After Varla cuts the fence and gets back into her car, look at the rear side window. Crew member with hat is briefly visible in the reflection.See more »
Quotes:
Varla:Drive! And don't miss.See more »
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Referenced in Videoclub (2013)See more »
Soundtrack:
Faster PussycatSee more »

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51 out of 58 people found the following review useful.
The "Citizen Kane" of trash cinema, 3 October 2006
Author: David Munn (davmun3@bigpond.com) from Adelaide, South Australia

Three go-go dancers - Varla (Tura Satana), Rosie (Haji) and Billie (Lori Williams) - are racing their sports cars out in the desert when they meet up with a young man named Tommy (Ray Barlow) and his girlfriend Linda (Susan Bernard). Tommy is an amateur car racer who has come out to do some time trials. Varla challenges him to a race. When she cuts him off with her car it leads to a fight and she kills him. Dragging the frightened Linda with them the trio go into the nearest town to fill up with petrol. There they see a muscly young man (Dennis Busch) carrying his crippled father (Stuart Lancaster) to his truck. The petrol station attendant (Mickey Foxx) tells the girls that the muscle man is retarded and that his bitter old father is reputed to be rich, but must have his riches stashed away somewhere at his isolated homestead. The girls decide to drop in for a visit hoping to find the old man's riches. They pass off Linda as a rich man's runaway daughter they are bringing home against her will. What they don't know is that the old man is a misogynist who delights in kidnapping women for his son, whom he refers to only as The Vegetable, to rape. They will have to rely on their own deadly talents and the possible decency of the old man's other son Kirk (Paul Trinka).

Russ Meyer's black and white "ode to the violence in women" made little impact when first released in 1965. Meyer had taken the world by storm with "The Immoral Mr. Teas" (1959), the film most often credited with kicking off the nudie cutie craze. And he would become a household name with the success of "Vixen!" (1968). But the films he made between those two landmarks, though some of them are among his best work, didn't attract much attention. But then John Waters, in his 1981 autobiography "Shock Value" wrote : "'Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!'...is, beyond a doubt, the best movie ever made. It is possibly better than any film that will be made in the future." Waters dubbed Meyer "the Eisentein of sex films" because his use of skillful editing to get maximum impact out of scenes of sex and violence is reminiscent of the methods by which the Russian director managed to powerfully convey his political messages. Waters' championing of "Faster, Pussycat!", in particular, led to it becoming a favourite on college campus's across America.

If Meyer is "the Eisenstein of sex films" then "Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!" is the "Citizen Kane" of trash films. I don't use the term disparagingly. For me a trash film is a film which appeals on a visceral rather than purely emotional level. In trash films realism is bad style. We must always know that we are watching a movie and enjoy it as a fantasy formed from our own base drives - from those uncivilised aspects of our nature that we must repress to live a civilised existence. Hence the term "trash" for the substance of these films is those aspects of ourselves which must be discarded. The violence in the trash film appeals to the knot in our stomach from every time we've had to bite back on our anger. It's prurient sexuality appeals to the lusts generated by everyday existence for which we may have insufficient outlet. We don't sympathise with the characters in a film like this, but we can identify with their actions because they take place in an obvious fantasy world. But the trash film has another appeal - the exhilaration that comes from the transgression of the bounds of good taste. And its sense of humour is the kind which elicits a belly-laugh. The anarchic spirit of the trash film has no less value than the more rarefied pleasures and intellectual stimulation of the art film.

What makes "Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!" great is the way that it takes the sex and violence of the trash film and distills them into something more iconic than explicit. Unlike most of Meyer's films, there is no frontal nudity or sex scenes. The violence is powerful, but not extended or shown in gory detail. Yet Tura Satana in her tight black jeans, half-exposed breasts practically bursting free as she eyes up a man like a side of beef or takes him out with karate chop to the neck, distills any amount of sex and violence into a single unforgettable mythic figure. Similarly the vastly underrated Stuart Lancaster is the very personification of sleazy misogyny. Add to this the brilliant build-up of the opening monologue, Meyer's masterful editing and Jack Moran's eminently quotable and often hilariously funny camp dialogue and you have a trash film masterpiece that just gets better and better the more times you watch it.

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