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The Cockettes (2002)

R  |   |  Documentary  |  16 January 2002 (USA)
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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)

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

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$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 »

Quotes

John Waters: Well, the Cockettes were basically complete sexual anarchy
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Connections

Features San Francisco Good Times (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Nurse's Song
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Performed by Allen Ginsberg
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This film is inspiring to artists everywhere
24 August 2003 | by (Syracuse, NY) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this film. It's odd that I would because I have almost no interest in hippies or drag queens. But, something about their DIY (do it yourself) aesthetic really resonated with me. They wanted to be "stars," so they dressed up in crazy outfits, dropped acid, and put on "shows" consisting of whatever interested them that week. If they wanted to make a film about Trisha Nixon's wedding, they grabbed a camera, dressed up, make makeshift sets, and shot one. This film was really inspiring to me as an artist.


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