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Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains (1982)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Music  -  October 1982 (USA)
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The media and disaffected teens mistake the acerbic rants of an obnoxious teenage punk rocker as a rallying cry for the women of America, launching her and her talentless group to national stardom.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Donat ...
Harley Dennis
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Marin Kanter ...
Tracy Burns
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Jessica McNeil
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Aunt Linda
Janet Wright ...
Aunt Linda's Friend - Brenda
Mia Bendixsen ...
Pregnant Girl in Ladies Room
Stuart Ferguson ...
Gold Key D.J.
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Billy - Vocals for The Looters
Paul Simonon ...
Johnny - Bassist for The Looters
Steve Jones ...
Steve - Guitarist for The Looters
Paul Cook ...
Danny - Drummer for The Looters
Fee Waybill ...
Lou Corpse - Vocals for The Metal Corpses (as John 'Fee' Waybill)
Vince Welnick ...
Jerry Jervey - Guitarist for The Metal Corpses
Vern Willis ...
Corpses Bass
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Corrine Burns retreats far into plans for her band, The Fabulous Stains, after her mother's death. So far that she gets them (she and two cousins) on a tour with a washed-out glam-rock group and a rising British punk band, radically changes her appearance, attracts a cult following and national media attention. With luck like this, what could go wrong? Written by Renee Ann Byrd <byrdie@wyrdbyrd.org>

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Laura Dern's mother, Diane Ladd, refused to give her permission to travel to shoot on location, as she felt Dern was too young. Dern sued for legal emancipation, won it, and did the movie anyway. See more »

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Corinne Burns: [lying about Jerry Jervey] He was an old man in a young girl's world.
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Written by Paul Cook and Steve Jones
Courtesy of Virgin Records
Performed by The Fabulous Stains
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Tough, scrappy film has amazing moments...
9 December 2005 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Unreleased theatrical feature financed by Paramount was once an '80s staple on the USA network (in their weekend "Night Flight" movie slot). It's a satirical comedy-drama with music which finds angry, rebellious teen Diane Lane caught by reality-TV cameras getting fired from a fast food restaurant; soon, she, her sister, and a cousin hit the road with their barely-rehearsed punk band and find failure, success, unintended exploitation, and life's little ironies outside of their blue-collar town. Reminiscent of the later "This is Spinal Tap", the film has a sense of humor far more sly, less forced and obvious. Lane is so tough at first, one doesn't know how to respond to her (she pushes everyone away); somewhere down the line she begins to soften and becomes more flexible, and you see the desperation underneath her scowl--you see her pathos just once, when she gives the bus-driver money for his brother (a subtle scene that speaks volumes). Harsh in both its writing and directing, unblinking in its teenage hostility, the film still manages to be funny (intentionally so) and with a cutting edge; it's like a breath of fresh air to the disenfranchised. *** from ****


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