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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 overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Schwartz ...
Hilary Rubens ...
Bunny Tremelo
Janet Housden ...
Kim Pilkington ...
Steve McDonald ...
Johnny Tremaine
Tracy Marshak-Nash ...
Tanya Hearst (as Tracy Lea)
Michael F. Glass ...
Jeffrey McDonald ...
Tears Brunell (as Jeff McDonald)
Jordan Schwartz ...
Doctor / Mom
Dez Cadena ...
Pam Douglas ...
The She Devils
Cathy Sample ...
The She Devils
Stephanie Shaw ...
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Annette Zilinskas ...
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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...


Comedy | Drama | Music


Not Rated | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

13 July 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Desperate Teenage Runaways  »

Box Office


$350 (estimated)

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| (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The original title for the film was Desperate Teenage Runaways. Producer Kim Fowley who owned the name of the all-girl rock band The Runaways made director David Markey change it (because of the similarities). See more »


Kitty Carryall: Thanks for killing my mom.
Patch Kelly: Hey, no problem.
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References Star 80 (1983) See more »


(Alice Bag (as A. Armendariz) & Patricia Morrison (as Rainone))
Performed by The Bags
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Similar to a punk rock "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls" made on the budget of four bucks
3 January 2007 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

"Desperate Teenage Lovedolls" is similar to a punk rock "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls" made on the budget of four bucks. It was obviously made by a group of friends on several weekends. So don't expect decent acting, camera-work, or direction. This is below mediocre and often comes across as a post-dubbed home movie. Still, this is defiantly in the spirit of the early 80s punk rock scene and is constantly hilarious. Just like other no-budget classics such as "Deadbeat at Dawn" and "Combat Shock", this gives inspiration to film fans with no money or resources to make a potential cult classic. What Dave Markey lacks in polish he makes up for in enthusiasm and energy.

This film has a "so-bad-its-good" quality to it similar to exploitation films of the 60s and 70s. It was fortunately intended to be a campy send-up of those rising star soap operas (loved the "Valley of the Dolls" reference). The dialog is hilarious throughout the whole thing ("Thanks for killing my mom man") and the performances are suitably awful. The satire of the recording industry is both surreal and occasionally dead-on and the conclusion is a hilarious nihilistic "F.U." The soundtrack is great, including Red Kross and plenty of unlicensed rock 'n' roll classics ("Purple Haze", "Stairway to Heaven"). The film looks like crap but is hilarious throughout and completely punk rock. (6/10)

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