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The story centers on the life of a bordello in a midwestern prairie town in the 1870s. The whorehouse is run by pragmatic madam Annie Ryan and the film follows the life of several of her ... See full summary »

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Eileen
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Georgie
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Ada
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Joe
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The story centers on the life of a bordello in a midwestern prairie town in the 1870s. The whorehouse is run by pragmatic madam Annie Ryan and the film follows the life of several of her girls. Written by Anonymous

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Sometimes even saints are forced to become sinners

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Rated R for strong graphic sexuality, and for language | See all certifications »
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31 July 1998 (Canada)  »

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The Wicked, Wicked West  »

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None of the actresses wore make-up apart from the scenes were the prostitutes were on duty. See more »

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Inspired by "Winterreise" by Franz Schubert
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A slow but devastating story of life in the Early West
18 September 1999 | by (Sparta, Wisconsin 54656) – See all my reviews

I just watched this film. It was unrelenting, a story of the rough circumstances prostitutes endured in the West a little more than a century ago. Its a woman's story, almost totally without a male point of view. The men are represented as beings who mostly just mumble and play cards. Their voices are heard often muttering on the soundtrack. We can't make out what they're actually saying. Representing the guys as stick figures helps emphasize in what reduced and lonely circumstances the prostitutes inhabit their dance hall and saloon world. There are no women who are not prostitutes in this early western town. Just as the men have little regard for the women, the women think little of the men. I think this may be a fairly truthful accounting of the West before it was civilized. The film has got me thinking about how desperate male-female relationships may have been in America not all that long ago.

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