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Desperate Teenage Lovedolls (1984)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 13 July 1984 (USA)
The rise and fall of an all-girl punk rock band in Hollywood in the 1980s.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Schwartz ...
Hilary Rubens ...
Bunny Tremelo
Janet Housden ...
Kim Pilkington ...
Alexandria
Steve McDonald ...
Johnny Tremaine
Tracy Marshak-Nash ...
Tanya Hearst (as Tracy Lea)
Michael F. Glass ...
Matt
Jeffrey McDonald ...
Tears Brunell (as Jeff McDonald)
Jordan Schwartz ...
Doctor / Mom
Dez Cadena ...
Flaco
Pam Douglas ...
The She Devils
Cathy Sample ...
The She Devils
Stephanie Shaw ...
The She Devils
Annette Zilinskas ...
The She Devils
Herb Lienau ...
2nd Henchman
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The rise and fall of an all-girl punk rock band in Hollywood in the 1980s.

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In a scene of no values...Where climbing to the top means climbing into bed...Where drugs and cheap thrills fill the date book...Where rock n' roll means death and destruction...

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Comedy | Drama | Music

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13 July 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Desperate Teenage Runaways  »

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Budget:

$350 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Rights to the recordings on the soundtrack were not obtained, so the songs were replaced with new songs or cover versions. However, many of the original introductions remain. See more »

Quotes

Kitty Carryall: Thanks for killing my mom.
Patch Kelly: Hey, no problem.
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Connections

References Flashdance (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Ballad of a Lovedoll
(Steve McDonald (as S.) & Jeffrey McDonald (as J. McDonald))
Zelda Rocks/Bad Papaya Music BMI
Performed by Redd Kross
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Micro-budget classic
2 December 2005 | by (Zone 23) – See all my reviews

Desperate Teenage Lovedolls is one of the great unheralded no-budget movies. It deserves to be put on a shelf with Jim Van Bebber's Deadbeat At Dawn, Scooter McCrae's Shatter Dead, Buddy Giovinazzo's Combat Shock, and John Waters's Mondo Trasho. While not quite as extreme as any of those masterpieces, it has a curious naivety and punk-rock verve that makes it irresistible.

The story follows the rise & fall of a grrl punk rock band from the gutter to the stars and back. It features all the clichés - sleazy managers, drugs, murder, gang fights, Felix the cat, you name it. There's plenty of great punk rock on the soundtrack, and Redd Kross both back the Love Dolls and play roles in the movie.

The whole thing manages to wrap up in well over an hour, leaving us wanting more. Fortunately there's a sequel. I'm hoping for Part 3.


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