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Outrageous! (1977)

R | | Comedy | 31 July 1977 (USA)
A story about a female impersonator who rooms with a pregnant schizophrenic.

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, (based on a story from "Butterfly Ward") (as Margaret Gibson)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Craig Russell ...
Hollis McLaren ...
Liza Connors
Richert Easley ...
Perry
...
Martin
David McIlwraith ...
Bob
Gerry Salsberg ...
Jason
...
Anne
...
Jo
Martha Gibson ...
Nurse Carr
Helen Hughes ...
Mrs. Connors
Jonah Royston ...
Dr. Beddoes
Richard Moffatt ...
Stewart
David Woito ...
Hustler
Rusty Ryan ...
Jimmy
Trevor Bryan ...
Miss Montego Bay
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Storyline

Robin Turner is a gay hairdresser. He hates his job. He loves old movies and will do his customers' hair in the style of an iconic movie star if they'll let him, and even if they don't. At his apartment, he is harboring his medically diagnosed schizophrenic friend, Liza Connors, who can no longer stand being institutionalized. After Liza convinces Robin to attend a drag ball dressed as Tallulah Bankhead, Robin begins to feel liberated. On Liza's further urging, Robin accepts a local club's offer to work as a female impersonator, he doing his own singing unlike most drag queens. As he progresses with his female impersonation work to great aplomb, he takes a shot at making it big in New York City. The money will have to come in since despite medical warnings to her not to do it, Liza has become pregnant (not Robin's baby), she deciding to have and keep the baby. Written by Huggo

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31 July 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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CAD 165,000 (estimated)
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Quotes

Robin Turner: Some days I think: "Robin Turner, this is your life, for the next fourty years. No dazzle."
Liza Connors: So quit and do something dazzling.
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Referenced in Punk Rock (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Step Out
(1977)
Music by Paul Hoffert (uncredited)
Lyrics by Brenda Hoffert (uncredited)
Performed by Cecille Frennette
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Another independent film, low in budget, high in quality.
13 March 2001 | by (Ottawa, Illinois) – See all my reviews

It's low budget shows in its grainy print and poor sound, but the quality performances by the entire cast make up for the films shortcomings.

The late Craig Russell pulls out all the stops as he displays his talent for female impersonation. Hollis McLaren is the ideal nut case. And Helen Shaver, in one of her earlier roles, is ideal as the friend who is accepting of people for who they are, embellishing their positive traits.

My one criticism of the film is the costuming. Not Russell's drag apparel, which matched each of his impersonations perfectly. But other wardrobe choices in the film were distractingly awful, especially during the Christmas party scene. Russell's jumpsuit was about 3 sizes too small, and Shaver's dress was something out of Ringling Brothers' clown reject closet.

Still, students and lovers of independent film will admire this one for its style, its daring, and its overall effort.


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