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The Jezebels
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Switchblade Sisters (1975) More at IMDbPro »The Jezebels (original title)

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Switchblade Sisters -- The "Dagger Debs," a gang of snarling girls, face off against a rival gang of pushers, while the girl gang's leader struggles to keep control of the Debs.

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Director:
Writers:
Jack Hill (story)
F.X. Maier (screenplay)
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Release Date:
May 1975 (USA) See more »
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They'd Rather Kill Their Man Than Lose Him See more »
Plot:
The "Dagger Debs" are a gang of snarling girls, and Maggie is their newest member. Lace, the ever tooth-gritting leader... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Robbie Lee ... Lace
Joanne Nail ... Maggie
Monica Gayle ... Patch
Asher Brauner ... Dominic
Chase Newhart ... Crabs
Marlene Clark ... Muff
Kitty Bruce ... Donut

Janice Karman ... Bunny

Don Stark ... Hook
Don Marino ... Guido
Helene Nelson ... Cherry
Bill Adler ... Fingers
Paul Lichtman ... Mr. Clutch
J.S. Johnson ... Principal Weasel
Kate Murtagh ... Mom Smackley

Bob Minor ... Parker
Clint Young ... Rizzo
Frances E. Williams ... Haiti (as Frances Williams)
Michael B. Miller ... Hammer (as Michael Miller)
Roy Engel ... Jobo
Jerii Woods ... Toby
Georgia Lee ... Lace's Mother

Betty McGuire ... Tonie
Jack Lukes ... Fred
Jeannie Epper ... Matron #1
May Boss ... Matron #2
John Voldstad ... Runt
Rob Berger ... Einstein (as Robert Bryan Berger)
Roger Richman ... Gang Guy #1
Ninette Bravo ... Ginny
Gay Guldstrand ... Gay
Jane Darbyshire ... Jezebel
Sherri Brussa ... Jezebel
Charlotte De Orlow ... Jezebel
Tina Christine ... Jezebel
Patti A. Nolton ... Jezebel
Debby Insinger ... Jezebel

Directed by
Jack Hill 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jack Hill  story
F.X. Maier  screenplay
F.X. Maier  story
John Prizer  story

Produced by
Jeff Begun .... executive producer
Frank Moreno .... executive producer
John Prizer .... producer
 
Original Music by
Les Baxter 
Medusa 
 
Cinematography by
Stephen M. Katz (director of photography) (as Stephen Katz)
 
Film Editing by
Morton Tubor  (as Mort Tubor)
 
Casting by
Gino Havens  (as Geno Havens)
 
Production Design by
Beala Neel  (as B.B. Neel)
Robin Royce  (as Robinson Royce)
 
Costume Design by
Jodie Lynn Tillen  (as Jodie Tillen)
 
Makeup Department
Gerald Soucie .... makeup artist (as Jerry Soucie)
 
Production Management
Donald Heitzer .... production manager (as Don Heitzer)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Donald Heitzer .... assistant director (as Don Heitzer)
Charles E. Walker .... second assistant director (as Charles Walker)
 
Art Department
Chris Barr .... assistant prop man
Keith Michl .... prop man
 
Sound Department
Jean Clark .... boom operator (as Gene Clark)
Don Jones .... sound mixer
Larry Tubor .... sound effects
Alex Vanderkar .... sound mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Greg Auer .... special effects
 
Stunts
Larry Holt .... stunts
Bob Minor .... stunt coordinator
Jesse Wayne .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tak Fujimoto .... camera operator
Tak Fujimoto .... photographer: second unit
Melton Maxwell .... gaffer (as Mel Maxwell)
Jim Morris .... grip
Anthony R. Palmieri .... second assistant camera (as Tony Palmieri)
Bruce Pearn .... best boy
Randall Robinson .... first assistant camera (as Randy Robinson)
Andy Romanoff .... still photographer
Brian Swain .... grip
Jor Van Kline .... grip
Leslie Otis .... assistant camera (uncredited)
J. Michael Popovich .... key grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Linda Serijan .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Michael Hilkene .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Melanie Clark .... musician: songs
Jesse Gomez .... musician: songs
Milton Lustig .... music editor (as Milt Lustig)
 
Other crew
Gino Havens .... dialogue coach (as Geno Havens)
Tina Hirsch .... script supervisor
Anne Hochman .... production assistant
William A. Levey .... title designer (as Bill Levey)
Nicole Scott .... location manager
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Jezebels" - USA (original title)
"Maggie's Stiletto Sisters" - USA (imdb display title)
"Playgirl Gang" - USA (reissue title)
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91 min
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Trivia:
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 »
Quotes:
Hook:Like my dad used to say, God rest his ass...See more »
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Referenced in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)See more »

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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Bad Girls, You Are Beautiful!, 1 March 2008
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

"Switchblade Sisters" is one of the most awesome and amusingly incompetent trash/gangsploitation movies ever made; only back in the period when it got released nobody ever intended to make a bad film, of course. Personally, I enjoyed the privilege of seeing this film in a genuine grindhouse theater and with no less than writer/director Jack Hill present there to introduce the film and answer questions from the audience. Hill explained how he always dreamed of filming his very own version of Shakespeare's "Othello", yet this story was probably the closest he ever came to realizing that project. Irrelevant info, I know, but this just to illustrate "Switchblade Sisters" once actually was a remotely ambitious film and not just a piece of lesbian trash. The recent revival of drive-in & grindhouse cinema (courtesy of Quentin Tarantino, who's also a giant fan of this particular film) enlarges the sleaze-elements and silliness of 70's movies even more, but you should always at least try and see it in its framework of time. That being said, "Switchblade Sisters" is first and foremost a delightfully absurd gang-wars movie and a thoroughly flamboyant portrait of female empowerment. This baby has it all! Stereotypical gang members that easily look over 30 but still attend high-school, big fat ugly lesbian prison wardens, romantic rivalry, jealousy, treason, roller-skating shootouts, secretly desired rape sequences and – last but not least – female Maoist guerrilla fighters. Maggie is the ravishing and potent new chick on the block and she eagerly joins Lace's Dagger Debs gang after proving herself in a knifing contest. The Debs are the girlfriends of the Silver Daggers and all together they hang out in a ramshackle hangar to play pool and sell dope. There's a gang war with the Crabs in the offing and jealous Dagger Deb Patch inflicts a dispute between best friends Maggie & Lace when she notices they both fancy the same hunk. If you can overlook (and you simply must when you're interested in this type of cinema) the sometimes atrocious performances, one-dimensional characters and the absolute lack of logic & coherence, you will find great enjoyment here! The clichéd situations inside the penitentiary (with the obese lesbian warden), out in the schoolyard (with the nervous principal) and in the skating hall (random M-16 gunfire!) are all sublime. The whole finale, from the actual virulent street war up until the main Jezebels' showdown contest, is simultaneously suspenseful, spirited and even a bit touching. The soundtrack is great, although clearly not as enchanting as the ones featuring in Jack Hill's ultimate Blaxploitation masterworks "Coffy" and "Foxy Brown". Speaking of which, this movie perhaps lacks the powerful and attention-demanding presence of a starlet like Pam Grier, but the girls here are still more than adequate. The supportive characters are actually more convincing than the main ones. Lace, played by Robbie Lee, is an often intolerable and whiny child and Maggie simply appears too cherubic to play a rough chick. I vote for Patch to be the Jezebel's unhinged leader! She's unreliable, deceitful, mean and stark raving mad. Awesome film, highly recommended to slavering sick puppies like myself.

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