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The "Dagger Debs" are a gang of snarling girls, and Maggie is their newest member. Lace, the ever tooth-gritting leader, befriends her but soon has doubts --it seems Lace's man, Dominic, head of the "Silver Daggers" fancies the new recruit. Lace struggles to keep control of the Debs, and a handle on Nick, as they face off against the rival gang of pushers lead by Crabs. Written by
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Director Jack Hill, when interviewed at the 1996 re-release of the film, pointed out that it did have some authenticity - he interviewed girl gang members and rewrote the script. "But the idea of doing a realistic movie about street gangs with beautiful blondes in hot pants was preposterous, so we tried to make it a wacky fantasy." See more »
Let me give you some advice.
No, let me give you some advice, cop. You can beat us, chain us, lock us up. But we're gonna be back, understand? And when we do, cop, you better keep your ass off our turf, or we'll BLOW IT OFF! Ya dig? We're Jezebels, cop - remember that name. We'll be back!
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This lurid and dynamic exploi-flick was a fun hit when it came out (I saw it first-run on "The Deuce", oh happy days...), and its even more fun now, thanks to Quentin Tarantino's lucrative hindsight re-release. From the opening scenes, in which the "Dagger Debs" maul a sleazy Repo Man, we know we're in for some of the nastiest yet charming anarchy we've seen in a long time. Even the opening credits photo-montage manages to capture the desperate squalor of the 70s better than a dozen art films. The cast are all great, just overdrawn enough to illuminate the tawdry settings and lurid dialog. Director Hill handles tawdry settings, lurid dialog and overwrought actors better than anyone I know, creating edgy and engaging melodrama where others would fashion mere campy havoc. Kind of a feminist update on AIP's golden 1960 chestnut HIGH SCHOOL CAESAR, SS also reminds me of other chick-gang classics like GIRL GANG, THE VIOLENT YEARS and TEENAGE DOLL. This flick is full of surprises; just when you think its getting predictable, there's a shocking, bloody machine-gun massacre in a roller-skating rink. This is one of those great low-budget films of the era in which
lack of funds actually seems to enhance the gritty, forlorn
atmosphere of the proceedings, and the film thus works both as high
drama and archeological time capsule. Another winner for Hill.
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