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Lipstick -- A fashion model is brutally raped and sodomized by her younger sister's music teacher; after he is found innocent on a technicality he proceeds to attempt to rape the younger sister. The older sister seeks revenge.


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Release Date:
2 April 1976 (USA) See more »
It isn't always an invitation to a kiss. See more »
Composer Gordon Stuart brutally rapes a fashion model, goes to trial, gets freed, comes back and rapes her little sister. She takes revenge. See more » | Full synopsis »
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LIPSTICK (Lamont Johnson, 1976) ** See more (36 total) »


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Margaux Hemingway ... Chris McCormick

Chris Sarandon ... Gordon Stuart

Perry King ... Steve Edison
Robin Gammell ... Nathan Cartright

John Bennett Perry ... Martin McCormick

Mariel Hemingway ... Kathy McCormick
Francesco Scavullo ... Francesco (as Francesco)

Meg Wyllie ... Sister Margaret

Inga Swenson ... Sister Monica
Lauren Jones ... Policewoman
William Paul Burns ... Judge (as Bill Burns)
Way Bandy ... Make-up Artist
Harry King ... Hairdresser
Sean Byrnes ... Photographers Helper

Catherine McLeod ... Vogue Lady

Macon McCalman ... Police Photographer
Mary Margaret Lewis ... Court Clerk
Nick Masi Jr. ... Reporter
Peggy Rea ... Reporter
Bill Zuckert ... Apartment Manager
Tamara Chaplin ... Dancer
Lisa Walford ... Dancer
Betty Sinow ... Dancer
Ruth Teifel ... Dancer
Mary Ann Kellogg ... Dancer
Sharon Rubin ... Dancer

Anne Bancroft ... Carla Bondi
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alphonso DuBois ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Freda Jones ... Juror (uncredited)
Paul King ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Leoda Richards ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)

Directed by
Lamont Johnson 
Writing credits
David Rayfiel (screenplay)

Produced by
Dino De Laurentiis .... executive producer
Freddie Fields .... producer
Original Music by
Michel Polnareff 
Cinematography by
Bill Butler (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Marion Rothman 
Casting by
Mary Goldberg 
Production Design by
Robert Luthardt 
Set Decoration by
Costume Design by
Jodie Lynn Tillen 
Donfeld (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Kathryn Blondell .... hair stylist
Monty Westmore .... makeup artist
Production Management
Stanley Neufeld .... executive production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Craig Huston .... second assistant director
Mickey McCardle .... first assistant director
Art Department
Russell Goble .... property master
Sound Department
Gordon Daniel .... sound editor
Richard Portman .... sound recordist
Robert Post .... production sound
Steven Burnett .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Doug J. Campbell .... dolly grip (as Doug Campbell)
Kathy Fields .... still photographer
William A. Fraker .... additional photographer
Elliott Marks .... still photographer
Robert D. McBride .... assistant camera
Louis Niemeyer .... second assistant camera
Guy Polzel .... key grip
Bernie Schwartz .... grip
Robert M. Stevens .... camera operator
Bill Tenny .... gaffer (as William Tenny)
Casting Department
Penny Perry .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Richard Butz .... wardrober
Gwen Capetanos .... wardrober
Editorial Department
Todd C. Ramsay .... assistant film editor
Music Department
David Foster .... music arranger
Jimmie Haskell .... conductor: additional music
Jimmie Haskell .... music arranger: additional music
Milton Lustig .... music editor
Michel Polnareff .... music arranger
Other crew
Sandy Dvore .... design graphics
Joe O'Har .... location coordinator
Ray Quiroz .... script supervisor
Don Record .... title designer
Fred Strickler .... choreographer
Elaine Stundel .... production coordinator
Hector Freeman .... production assistant (uncredited)

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89 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The building used that was under construction was the Pacific Design Center/ Center Blue, a decorating and furniture mart opened to the trade in 1975 in West Hollywood, CA. Center Blue is commonly known as "The Blue Whale."See more »
Crew or equipment visible: In the final scene with the shotgun, the edge of a green stuntman's mat (or airbag) is visible at the lower right side of the car.See more »
Chris McCormick:Stop! You're killing me!See more »
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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
LIPSTICK (Lamont Johnson, 1976) **, 18 August 2007
Author: MARIO GAUCI ( from Naxxar, Malta

Manipulative drama about a glamorous model (Margaux Hemingway) who is raped by a geeky but unbalanced musician (Chris Sarandon) – to whom she had been introduced by her younger sister (played by real-life sibling Mariel), whose music teacher he is. While the central courtroom action holds the attention – thanks largely to a commanding performance by Anne Bancroft as Hemingway’s lawyer – the film is too often merely glossy, but also dramatically unconvincing: the jury ostensibly takes the musician’s side because a) the girl invited assault due to the sensuous nature of her profession and b) she was offering no resistance to her presumed aggressor when her sister arrived at the apartment and inadvertently saw the couple in bed together. What the f***?!; she was clearly tied up – what resistance could she realistically offer?

The second half of the film – involving Sarandon’s rape of the sister, which curiously anticipates IRREVERSIBLE (2002) by occurring in a tunnel – is rather contrived: Mariel’s character should have known better than to trust Sarandon after what he did to her sister, but Margaux herself foolishly reprises the line of work which had indirectly led to her humiliating experience almost immediately! The climax – in which Sarandon gets his just desserts, with Margaux turning suddenly into a fearless and resourceful vigilante – is, however, a crowd-pleaser in the style of DEATH WISH (1974); incidentally, ubiquitous Italian movie mogul Dino De Laurentiis was behind both films.

It’s worth noting how the two Hemingway sisters’ lives took wildly different turns (this was the film debut of both): Margaux’s career never took off (despite her undeniable good looks and commendable participation here) – while Mariel would soon receive an Oscar nomination for Woody Allen’s MANHATTAN (1979) and, interestingly, would herself play a glamorous victim of raging violence when essaying the role of real-life “Playboy” centerfold Dorothy Stratten in Bob Fosse’s STAR 80 (1983). With the added pressure of a couple of failed marriages, Margaux took refuge in alcohol and would eventually die of a drug overdose in 1996; chillingly, the Hemingway family had a history of suicides – notably the sisters’ grandfather, celebrated author Ernest, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in 1961.

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