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3 November 1983 (Australia) See more »
Set ten years after the most peaceful revolution in United States history, a revolution in which a socialist government gains power... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Blank City
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Edgy film about radical feminist politics. See more (8 total) »


  (in credits order)
Honey ... Honey
Adele Bertei ... Isabel
Jean Satterfield ... Adelaide Norris
Florynce Kennedy ... Zella (as Flo Kennedy)
Becky Johnston ... Newspaper Editor
Pat Murphy ... Newspaper Editor

Kathryn Bigelow ... Newspaper Editor
Hillary Hurst ... Leader of Women's Army Hillary Hurst
Sheila McLaughlin ... Other Leader
Marty Pottenger ... Other Leader / Woman at Site
Lynne Jones ... Other Leader
Ron Vawter ... FBI Agent
John Coplans ... Chief
John Rudolph ... TV Newscaster
Warner Schreiner ... TV Newscaster
Valerie Smaldone ... TV Newscaster
John McLearen ... TV Spot Revolution
Pat Place ... Woman from Ragazzo
Julia Hanlon ... Woman from Ragazzo
Maria David ... Woman from Phoenix
Toviana Starks ... Woman from Phoenix
Cat Hightower ... Woman from Phoenix
Veronica Campbell ... Woman at Daycare Meeting
Mayumi Sakaguchi ... Woman at Induction
Ryan ... Girl in Subway
Chris Brewer ... Girl in Subway
Bill Tatum ... Mayor Zubrinsky
Jorge Ramos ... Rapist
Júlio Peña ... Rapist
Merián Soto ... Rape Victim
Mark Hendrien ... Man on Subway
Dana Johnson ... Woman Reading
Jerry Nixon ... Adelaide's Boss
Gary Valdes ... Co-Worker
Dirk Zimmer ... Co-Worker
Jacques Sandulescu ... Foreman at Second Site
Gary Hill ... Man in Truck
Sis McQuader ... Woman at Site
Susan Sawyer ... Woman at Site
Sherry Rosso ... Woman at Site
Donna Allegra Simms ... Woman at Site
Valerie Jones ... Woman at Site
Ramona Galindez ... Woman at Site
Katy Taylor ... Woman at Site
Marion Benjamin ... Woman at Site
Joan Ellis ... Woman at Site
Carolyn Fitzgerald ... Woman at Site
Alice Sullivan ... Woman at Site
Belle Chevigny ... Belle Gayle
Paul Zonghetti ... Agent #2
Alexa Evans ... Woman Arguing with Honey
Malick N'Diaye ... African Man
Dolly Udemzue ... African Woman
Barbara Scott ... Woman with Machine Gun
Hanita ... Voice of Woman in Desert (voice)
Diane Jacobs ... Woman at Secretary Strike
Felice Rosser ... Woman at Secretary Strike
Hal Miller ... Cop at Precinct
Peggy Lee Brennan ... Lawyer with Zella (as Peg Brennan)
Michael Sullivan ... FBI Chief #2
Nancy Reilly ... Woman in Jail / Woman Breaking Into CBS
Rosemary Hochschild ... Woman in Jail
Vanessa Zannis ... Woman in Jail
Sheila Carr ... Woman in Jail / Woman Breaking Into CBS
Ed Bowes ... Socialist Editor
Allan Ryan ... Handgun Demo
Kathy Gunst ... Woman Breaking Into CBS
Amy Chen ... Woman Breaking Into CBS
Patrick Brogan ... Washington Correspondent
Edmead Smith ... Security Guard

Mike Bencivenga ... CBS Technician

Eric Bogosian ... CBS Technician
Gregory Samuels ... CBS Technician
Walter Scheuer ... President
Paul Chevigny ... District Attorney
Joel Kovel ... Psychiatrist
Bill Sturgis ... Agent #3
Tom Whittaker ... Voice-over News (voice)

Directed by
Lizzie Borden 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Lizzie Borden  screenplay
Ed Bowes  story

Produced by
Lizzie Borden .... producer
Cinematography by
Ed Bowes 
Al Santana 
Film Editing by
Lizzie Borden 
Sound Department
Tom Crawford .... additional sound
Daniel Edelman .... additional sound (as Dan Edelman)
Rachel Field .... additional sound
Rachel Reichman .... additional sound
Special Effects by
Bob Lyss .... special effects cameraman
Hisa Tayo .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Dirk Zimmer .... graphics
Camera and Electrical Department
Kirsten Bates .... video camera
Lizzie Borden .... additional camera operator
Lizzie Borden .... additional camera operator
Tom Bowes .... video camera
Dee Dee Halleck .... video camera
Johanna Heer .... additional camera operator
Chris Hegedus .... additional camera operator
Gary Hill .... additional camera operator
Peter B. Hutton .... additional camera operator (as Peter Hutton)
Becky Johnston .... additional camera operator
Sheila McLaughlin .... additional camera operator
Phil O'Reilly .... video camera
Michael Oblowitz .... additional camera operator
Jack Ochs .... additional camera operator
Greta Schiller .... additional camera operator
Richard Tierman .... video camera
Jack Walworth .... video camera
Editorial Department
Ed Bowes .... consultant: editing
Music Department
The Bloods .... composer: theme music
Ibis .... composer: song "These Days"
Ibis .... composer: theme music
Red Crayola .... composer: theme music
Other crew
Karen Achenbach .... production assistant
Vinnie Arnold .... production assistant
Tom Bills .... production assistant
Jo Bonney .... video graphic artist
Cathy Campbell .... production assistant
Steve Cohen .... production assistant
Suzanne Fletcher .... production assistant
Ed Friedman .... production assistant
Becky High .... production assistant
Rosemary Hochschild .... production assistant
Phil O'Reilly .... video of women in desert
Roberta Raeburn .... production assistant
Jeff Ruthus .... production assistant
Ryan .... production assistant
Bill Stokes .... production assistant
Allan Tannenbaum .... production assistant
Dee Dee Halleck .... special thanks
Chris Hegedus .... special thanks
D.A. Pennebaker .... special thanks
Rafik .... special thanks
Tony Roberts .... special thanks
Walter Scheuer .... special thanks
Marvin Soloway .... special thanks
Laurie Spiegel .... special thanks
Mayo Thompson .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Canada:90 min | USA:80 min
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Did You Know?

Near the end of the film, the beginning of a TV news broadcast is abruptly interrupted by a message from the Women's Army. The opening animation for the news broadcast was the one used for New York TV station WNEW-TV (now WNYW), channel 5.See more »
TV Newscaster:Police have been puzzled in the last week by what they describe as well-organized bands of 15 to 20 women on bicycles attacking men on the street. While the victims have claimed that these incidents were unprovoked, eyewitness reports have led investigators to believe that these men may themselves have been attempting to assault women. However, officials have condemned the lawlessness of such vigilante groups and asked for information leading to the arrests of the women involved.
[smiles smugly]
TV Newscaster:Maybe even their telephone numbers. We'll have more information on the 11 O'Clock report. Now here's Linda with the weather.
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10 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Edgy film about radical feminist politics., 24 June 2009
Author: sonya90028 from United States

This is a very radical political film. As a black lesbian feminist, I could relate to the premise of this film. The plot unfolds in a semi-documentary style, making this film all the more interesting. Set against the gritty backdrop NYC, the film has a distinctly apocalyptic feel to it. This movie harks back to the militant, left-wing revolutionary fervor, of the 60s and early 70s.

Despite the changes in society resulting from feminism, gay rights, and the civil rights movement in the last 40 years, this movie shows that there's still much work to be done, to achieve real equality for all. It's not surprising to me that the radical political movement in the film, is led by a working-class black lesbian. Women who happen to be lesbian, blue-collar, and of color, are still the most oppressed people in our society.

Jean Satterfield is superb as Adelaide Norris, the dedicated member of the Women's Army. Jean conveys the militant stance of Adelaide, in a very visceral way. The supporting cast of this film, was also compelling. Especially Honey as Honey, the feminist revolutionary radio DJ. The film was slow-moving at times, but packed an emotional punch.

Rights of the oppressed in society, have been rolled-back by right-wing conservatives for the past 28 years. So, we could use a radical political strategy that addresses the rights of the oppressed again, like we did in the 60s and 70s. History has been known to repeat itself. In this day and age, a radical uprising by women in pursuit of equality, is needed more than ever. This movie could very well be a sign of things to come, in that regard. I recommend this film, to all who take women's rights seriously, and want to become more aware of women's oppression in society.

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