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The Great American Girl Robbery (1979)

A bus-load containing three cheer-leading teams from 3 different schools who are heading to compete against each other is hijacked by terrorists and the girls are kidnapped.

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Debbie Williams
Jason Williams ...
Wayne Mathews
Anthony Lewis ...
George Henderson
Wally Ann Wharton ...
Lisa (as Ann Wharton)
Janet Blythe ...
Croughton
Deslyn Bernet ...
Anita
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Terri (as Lachelle Price)
Leslie King ...
Sandy
Joan Wolff ...
Pam
Elizabeth Halsey ...
Susan
Marilyn Joi ...
LaSalle (as Tracy King)
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Betty
Debbie Doherty ...
Lucy
Alexis Swanigan ...
Louise
Janie Squire ...
Donna
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A bus-load of cheerleaders is hijacked and held for a $2 million ransom. After several comic and arousing interactions, eventually the girls are forced by their captors to participate in a topless "beauty pageant" in which they must pose before their captor-"judges" in nothing but their underwear. Written by antigraviton

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Mixed Poisons
23 October 2004 | by (Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile) – See all my reviews

This movie seems to combine the 70's drive-in fascination with the Patty Hearst kidnapping with its fascination for sexy cheerleaders. Three squads of cheerleaders are on their way to a competition and for some reason are sharing a single school bus (even though one is a tough, inner-city squad and another is from an elite private school) when they are all kidnapped and held for ransom by a group of ex-jocks who call themselves the National American Liberation Army. There's the usual sexploitation filler--the captors and the cheerleaders kill time by having a topless beauty contest, lead Kristine DeBell has (offscreen) sex with the good guy kidnapper,and the lone female kidnapper (who is of course a lesbian) seduces one of the other girls in a bathtub. Finally, the three teams ban together to fight back, which mainly involves a long, gratuitous scene where they all strip off their underwear and fashion it into a rope which they use to trip one of the kidnappers. (Someone could have just stuck her foot out, but where's the fun in that?)

This movie is surprisingly politically incorrect. The black kidnapper is the bad guy while the handsome white kidnapper turns out to be a sympathetic good guy. Still it's refreshing to actually see a black villain for a change and he's the best actor in the movie next to Kristine DeBell. DeBell, of course, was the talented and appealing actress whose career was ruined when it was found out that she had earlier appeared in a porno movie (strangely, a similar thing happened to untalented boob-job Michelle Bauer, but that didn't stop her from going on to appear in 500 low-budget movies that were even worse than her early porno efforts--go figure). This is neither the best of the cheerleader movies (try "The Swinging Cheerleaders", "The Pom-Pom Girls", or "Satan's Cheerleaders")nor the best of the Patty Hearst/kidnapping movies (try "The Candy Snatchers", "Sweet Sugar" or "Abduction"), but if you like mixing your poisons, by all means, check it out.


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