In this satire on 70s B-movie industry, a young ditsy pretty blond arrives in Hollywood to try her luck as an actress. After some mishap, a shady agent finds her a job with a sleazy B-movie crew plagued by strange deadly accidents.

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Mary McQueen
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Erich Von Leppe
George Wagner ...
Cameraman
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Scotty
Tara Strohmeier ...
Jill McBain
Richard Doran ...
P.G.
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Candy Wednesday
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John Kramer ...
Duke Mantee
W.L. Luckey ...
Rico Bandello
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Patrick Hobby
Rita George ...
Bobbi Quackenbush
David Boyle ...
Obnoxious Kid
Glenn K. Shimada ...
Ubiqutious Filipino
Joseph McBride ...
Drive-In Rapist
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Joe Dante directs this story of the glamour, the glitter, the magical allure of Hollywood... and not a speck of it rubs off on Miracle Pictures, where "If it's a good picture, it's a Miracle." This is a hilarious tribute to the unsung heroes who grind out the B movies massacred by critics, but nursed fondly in the hearts of film fans everywhere. Written by Concorde - New Horizons (with permission).

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Shamelessly loaded with sex and violence. See more »

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Comedy | Thriller

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25 April 1976 (USA)  »

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$60,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

All the scenes at the Gilmore Drive-In Theater were shot in a single evening. See more »

Quotes

Obnoxious Kid: Can I have your autograph?
Bobbi Quackenbush: Sure, kid. What's your name?
Obnoxious Kid: David.
Bobbi Quackenbush: OK, David.
[signs paper and hands it to the kid]
Bobbi Quackenbush: There you go.
Obnoxious Kid: Here's what I think of the Avengers!
[tears up autograph, kicks Bobbi in the shin, and leaves]
Bobbi Quackenbush: I could sure dig meeting a better class of people.
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All Rights Reserved Including Zeppelins. See more »

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Referenced in Rock 'n' Roll High School (1979) See more »

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"Hello, Hollywood"
9 January 2002 | by (On top of the Hollywood Sign) – See all my reviews

In the autumn of 1975, Roger Corman set out to make the fastest, cheapest drive-in movie in the history of New World Pictures. This wild, uproarious cult classic is the result. Candice Rialson is Candy Hope, a starry-eyed Midwestern beauty hoping to make it big on that street of dreams, only to find that the glitter is just glass from broken liquor bottles. Instead, she ends up as a contract starlet with Miracle Pictures, a prolific B-movie factory grinding out sleaze epics for the passion pits of America (sound familiar?). Dick Miller is her agent. The always-fantastic Mary Woronov is Mary McQueen, the studio's Amazonian leading lady who has no patience with the new crop of upstarts ("You get your boobs in front of a camera and you're ready to jump into the cement!"). Everyone is shipped to the Philipines to shoot Machete Maidens of Moratau, with Paul Bartel as the director ("Your motivation is to massacre 3,000 Asiatic soldiers."). The film is pieced together with stock footage from other New World masterpieces, particularly Death Race 2000, with Candy donning David Carradine's famous leather mask. A kid at a drive-in cries out for more sex, while his parents deride the movie as "sick" and "worse than television." A drive down Hollyweird shows the famous Pussycat Theatre and various adult bookstores and massage parlors. A romantic interlude is serenaded by Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen, belting out a raucous, dirty country tune. Mary's name is superimposed onto the poster for Untamed Mistress. Robbie the Robot refuses to do nudity. B-movie in-jokes come thick and fast, including a girl stabbed to death on a bed frame a la Snuff. The whole thing looks great, especially for $60,000, and is consistently hilarious--especially Mary, complete with cigarette holder and the vocabulary of a sailor. A bona fide drive-in classic. And remember..."If it's a good picture, it's a Miracle!"


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