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Edgeplay: A Film About The Runaways (2004)

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A documentary feature film about the 1970's seminal all girl band, The Runaways.

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"EDGEPLAY: A film about The Runaways" chronicles the rise and disintegration of the seminal '70's all-teenage-girl rock band The Runaways, whose members included then-unknown future rock stars Lita Ford and Joan Jett. The film explores the effects of verbal, emotional and psychological abuse on girls too young to drink, but old enough for sex, drugs and rock n' roll. Written by Sacred Dogs Entertainment

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Kim Fowley: I love boot camp. I went into two branches of the service because I loved it so much... I was the drill sergeant and they were the recruits.
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Not as good as "End Of the Century", but a lot better than VH-1
12 July 2006 | by (Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile) – See all my reviews

Although I'm not a big fan of the Runaways, I'm very interested in this era of the Los Angeles music scene (being too young and stuck in Wyoming at the time). Like the big screen doc. "End of the Century" about the Ramones, this gives a good background of the scene and era and like other reviewers have said is miles ahead of VH1 canned nostalgia crap.

It was interesting to see the band members now. I always thought of Cherie Currie as a drugged-out, bleach-blonde piece of pedophile bait (who reminds me more of that uber-sleazy 70's hit "Hot Child in the City" than any song she ever personally sang). Well in middle age she looks healthy, VERY attractive, and surprisingly intelligent and well-spoken. Lita Ford is the same as she's always been, and Joan Jett was conspicuous in her absence. They interviewed pretty all the other, more obscure band members, but I would have liked them to talk more about some of the other figures in the nexus of the Hollywood music and low-budget movie scene--i.e. Cheryl "Rainbeax" Smith, a famous groupie and drive-in movie actress who sometimes played drums for Joan Jett (and died recently), and Sondra Currie, another actress and the older sister of Cherie and Marie.

The documentary was not all nostalgia though. It danced around some lurid claims of verbal and possibly sexual abuse involving the bands scummy manager. In addition, to showing how sleazy the music business can be, the documentary also shows how irresponsible parents can be in turning their children over to somebody who's supposedly going to make them famous (a moral lesson perhaps?). Mostly though this gives a good sense of the era and will probably please fans of the band. Not as good as "End of the Century" perhaps but better than anything you'll see on VH-1.


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