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Documentary about the gender-bending San Francisco performance group who became a pop culture phenomenon in the early 1970s.

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On New Year's Eve, 1969, a flamboyant ragtag troupe of genderbending hippies took the stage of San Francisco's Palace Theater and The Cockettes were born. For the next 2 1/2 years, these outrageous drag performers created 20 shows with titles like "A Crab on Uranus Means You're Loved" and "Tinsel Tarts in a Hot Coma," and were featured in four underground films. But when the Cockettes flew to New York City to appear Off Broadway - well, you'll just have to see what happened when New Yorkers took a look at them. Documentarians Weissman and Weber have crafted a record of a wondrous time and a wild group in The Cockettes. Written by Anonymous

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1969 ... San Francisco ... Sexual Anarchy

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Rated R for nudity, sexual content, drug references and some language | See all certifications »

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$300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$17,118 (USA) (10 May 2002)

Gross:

$220,077 (USA) (7 February 2003)
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On the Weekend of 22 December 2002, the movie grossed $75.00 (by contrast, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) took in $62,007,000). See more »

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Himself: They were hippie acid-freak drag queens.
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Features San Francisco Good Times (1977) See more »

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Sluts' Entrance
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Dredged up some old memories I had (hopefully) forgotten
5 August 2002 | by (Hollywood, ca) – See all my reviews

This film aptly tries to place the cockettes at the burgeoning of the gay sexual revolution. Apt, since other "revolutions" were in full swing at the time. But, as the film suggests itself, most of what they did was old hat to the rest of the world, that is, New York.

Most of these guys, and few gals, were just a bunch of talentless gays that wanted to take drugs, screw and make jerks of themselves on stage (Mick Jagger are you listening?). The few "talented" ones did make a mediocre impact on the arts, but for the most part the phenomenon was forgettable.

Amazingly, the cockette phenomenon lives on as the "Midnight Rocky Horror Show" crowd.

If you want to see the (mostly) gay side of the sex, drug era as pertains to the theatrical "arts", this is an amusing excursion.


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