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Switchblade Sisters (1975)

The Jezebels (original title)
R | | Action, Crime, Drama | May 1975 (USA)
The leader of an inner city girl gang is challenged when a new girl moves into the neighbourhood.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robbie Lee ...
Lace
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Maggie
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Asher Brauner ...
Dominic
Chase Newhart ...
Crabs
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Muff
Kitty Bruce ...
Donut
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Bunny
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Hook
Don Marino ...
Guido
Helene Nelson ...
Cherry
Bill Adler ...
Fingers
Paul Lichtman ...
Mr. Clutch
J.S. Johnson ...
Principal Weasel
Kate Murtagh ...
Mom Smackley
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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 Matthew Otto <matthew.otto@sheridanc.on.ca>

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So easy to kill. So hard to love. See more »

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Action | Crime | Drama

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$320,000 (estimated)
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When introducing the film at Fantastisk Film Festival 1995 in Lund, Sweden, where it was screened under the title Switchblade Sisters, writer/director Jack Hill claimed that he had based the script on Shakespeare's Othello. See more »

Goofs

Lace cuts the necktie from the man in the elevator leaving about 6 inches of tie. When he identifies the ladies with the police moments later his tie is much longer. See more »

Quotes

Mom Smackley: [to Lace] Get off me, bitch!
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Referenced in Daddy's Den of Thieves (2001) See more »

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Bad girls rule, bad boys drool!
11 July 2013 | by (WILMINGTON, NC) – See all my reviews

The inner-city, prone to violence, crime, drugs, even sex. The top gang that rules the area are the Silver Daggers. With them are their female counterparts, the Dagger Debs lead by Lace (Robbie Lee). One day, they meet a loner name Maggie (Joanne Nail), who holds her own. After a night in juvenile hall, Maggie joins the ranks and gains the trust of Lace. However, Lace's friend Patch is suspicious of Maggie. As Maggie began to to know the ways of the Dagger Debs, she makes a move on Lace's boyfriend Dominic (Asher Brauner), who would not take the role of a father when he hears about Lace's pregnancy. More to it, Maggie would take in the reins of leading the Dagger Debs following a failed ambush at a roller rink. The men are ousted by Maggie, and they go form the Dagger Debs, to the Jezebels. They even join a militant gang to help boost the power of the group. When Lace re cooperates from her attack, she joins the group, only to suspect Maggie as a traitor. I like the scene where Lace beats up Maggie, and tortures her by sticking a cigarette butt in her bellybutton. Then came the showdown. Classic scene. The gang gains a new leader, while Patch is left behind. Goes to show there is no loyalty among gangs. Power shifts, and questionable leadership can destroy an organization. The Jezebels have not only ousted the men, but Lace as well, without her knowledge. They consider her a weak link in the gang. 4 out of 5 stars.


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