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Blast-Off Girls (1967)

 -  Action | Comedy | Drama  -  5 October 1967 (USA)
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A sleazy record promotor tries to make it big with a local Chicago garage band and plans to make them famous while keeping the profits for himself.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Conway ...
Boojie Baker
Ray Sager ...
Gordie
Tom Tyrell ...
Tom, Big Blast band member
Ron Liace ...
Ron, Big Blast band member
Dennis Hickey ...
Dennis, Big Blast band member
Ralph Mullin ...
Ralph, Big Bast band member
Chris Wolski ...
Chris, Big Blast band member
Lawrence J. Aberwood ...
Marty Dunn
Neil Julien ...
Lieutenant Kronsky
Don Logay ...
Michael Blake
Jack Horner ...
Mr. Roswell
Steve White ...
'Charlie' band member
Tom Eppolito ...
'Charlie' band member
Bob Compton ...
'Charlie' band member
Ray Barry ...
'Charlie' band member
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Sleazy music promoter Boojie Baker convinces a pop band to come work for him. He arranges play dates, publicity, record contracts, and the band's loyalty by getting his hired girls to exercise their feminine charms on all who stand in his way. Thus he creates the new music sensation, The Big Blast, but the band is unhappy about Boojie keeping most of the money. When they try to leave, Boojie sets them up for trouble with the law, but offers to bail them out if they sign the contract. Can't anyone stop this scum bucket? Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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When the kids play outside a Col. Sanders Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant, the old gentleman with the bucket of chicken who comes out and dances with them really is Col. Harland Sanders. See more »

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Chris, Big Blast band member: Oh well, that's show business!
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Have a BLAST! with H.G. Lewis's BEST movie, probably.
30 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

H. G. Lewis occupies a special place in film history; he's infamous because his blood-red gore films of the 60's and 70's were so shocking and audacious. I've enjoyed watching a few of his movies, but I have certainly not seen them all.

Nevertheless, I'd be willing to bet that "Blast-Off Girls" is one of his best-made films. I liked it a lot. Surprisingly, it features no graphic violence, and very little violence period. And surprisingly, it is driven by story and acting, both of which are fine considering the shoestring budget. I imagine there is a strong autobiographical side to this movie, because filmmaker Lewis really seems to loathe and despise the rotten, profit-grubbing main character:

Dan Conway plays "Boojie Baker," the all-too-believably sleazy band manager with big-time aspirations--he's working his way up the ladder (or so he thinks), chewing up and spitting out small rock bands; he entices his prospects with girls, and promises of "the good life," then books shows for them--but when the minimal profits roll in, he makes sure the band gets just enough of them to stick begrudgingly around. If they question his honesty, he lies and placates; if they accuse him of thievery and threaten to leave, he blackmails them. He's thoroughly detestable, and very enjoyably played by Conway.

Boojie's associates generally only tolerate him so they can go to his raucous parties (attended by the "Blast-Off" groupie girls of the title, who have basically nothing to do with the story). He doesn't really have any friends, and seems happy without them.

But Boojie's good luck runs out the day he takes on a musical group that is as naive as all the others, but possessing of a strong sense of justice. They object to his treatment of them, and plan an elaborate revenge, with the intent of screwing Boojie on a cosmic level. In classic morality-play fashion, Boojie gets his rightful desserts, although he does spin off at the end of the film (rather like Darth Vader at the end of "Star Wars"), minus one cheesy band but ready for new sleazy Boojie adventures. Don't kid yourself, the film seems to say; you might be lucky enough to send them off in some other direction, but Boojies don't go down easy!

In a twisted way, this is a charmingly optimistic film that suggests that decent people can exist in the entertainment world if they have the guts to stand their ground and oppose their oppressors. But "Blast-Off Girls" isn't really about the good guys at all; it is almost a study in Boojie-ness, a virtual diagram of the Boojies of the world, so that the viewer will be able to spot them should he or she have the misfortune to get into business relationships with them. The bands Boojie abuses wander in and out of the movie; but Boojie himself is ever-present--the sneering, evil star of this odd and fascinating picture. See it today!


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