It's 1933, in the midst of the Depression and Prohibition. Calif, a stranger with a past walks into Spooner, Missouri on his way from Michigan to California. He hires on with Lute Wade to ... See full summary »

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Hal Hopper ...
Sidney Brenshaw
Antoinette Cristiani ...
Hannah Brenshaw
John Furlong ...
Calif McKinney
Rena Horten ...
Eula
Princess Livingston ...
Maggie Marie
Lorna Maitland ...
Clara Belle
Sam Hanna ...
Injoys
Stuart Lancaster ...
Lute Wade (as Stu Lancaster)
Nick Wolcuff ...
Sheriff Abel
Frank Bolger ...
Brother Hansen
Lee Ballard ...
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Michael Finn ...
Thurmond Pate (as Mickey Foxx)
Fred Owens ...
Milton (as F. Rufus Owens)
Wilfred Kues ...
Lynch mob (as W. Kues)
Charles Felix
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It's 1933, in the midst of the Depression and Prohibition. Calif, a stranger with a past walks into Spooner, Missouri on his way from Michigan to California. He hires on with Lute Wade to earn some travelling money, but gets entangled in a bad family situation: Lute's daughter is married to Sidney, a good-for-nothing drunk that frequents the rural equivalent of a whorehouse and beats his wife and is just waiting for Lute to kick the bucket to get his money. When Sidney and a local wacko preacher begin orchestrating a smear campaign against Calif, he finds it difficult to conceal his past and his growing affection for Sidney's wife. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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...leaves a taste of evil!

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The rock group Mudhoney took their name from this film. They arguably kick started the grunge genre and were a massive influence on Nirvana. Kurt Cobain used to wear their T-shirts on stage. See more »

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Maggie Marie: Don't pay her no mind, young fella. Eula, that's the child's name. She can't talk. Can't hear, neither. They do say she makes some right pretty sounds once you get to know her.
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Closing quote: "One man's evil can become the curse of all." --Publilius Syrus See more »

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Referenced in I'm Now: The Story of Mudhoney (2012) See more »

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Powerful. Leaves a taste of evil.
30 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Russ Meyer is a great forerunner of independent cinema and free speech. This is a very bold story. Although the camera transfixes on beautiful female forms, the movie as a whole isn't very pretty. But who said that art had to be pretty or in good taste? There is no question in my mind that Mudhoney is a work of art. I like that one of the film's main focus is the hypocrisy of religion. The insane preacher (who screams the Lord's prayer)played by Frank Bolger hides behind religion to cloak a deeper malevolence. By the end of the film this said preacher turns the whole town into a crazed blood thirsty mob. Fans of RM will see many familiar faces like Lorna Maitland, John Furlong and Stuart Lancaster. There is one of the most insane, inappropriate funerals ever depicted on film. This film is artistic and sleazy and dramatic. The final shots of Rena Horten running through the town in a panic were very tense. The looks of guilt of the townspeople after the lynching was very effective and dramatic. Mudhoney AKA Rope of Flesh is a unique entry in the world of Russ Meyer. I loved it.


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