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The Cockettes (2002)

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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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Credited cast:
Larry Brinkin ...
Peggy Cass ...
Herself (archive footage)
Pristine Condition ...
Himself (archive footage)
Herself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
Dusty Dawn ...
Himself (archive footage)
Anton Dunnigan ...
Himself (archive footage)
John Flowers ...
Himself (archive footage)
Goldie Glitters ...
Themselves (archive footage) (as The Grateful Dead)
Ann Harris ...


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)

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


$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 »


Himself: They were hippie acid-freak drag queens.
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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »


Something Unspoken
Written by Richard Koldewyn and Martin Worman
Published by Scrumbly Music (BMI)/Dorothy Kirsch (BMI)
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I saw the film The Cockettes after a long, seemingly endless stream of disappointing documentaries. It was such a great pleasure to finally see these filmmakers take a veritable goldmine of fascinating material and do it justice. While including enough supplemental material to keep the interest moving, this film really sticks to its guns and offers a satisfying glimpse at the rise and fall of The Cockettes.

I was also really impressed with the quality of archive footage that appears in the film. At first, I had to lean into my screen and ask myself if these were re-enactments. Really, truly stunning.

I think the best measure of this film is the sense of loss one feels when the credits roll~ a mourning that one wasn't there to experience the subject firsthand and be in on the party. But what a wonderful hour and 40 minutes!

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