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1969 ... San Francisco ... Sexual Anarchy
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Documentary about the gender-bending San Francisco performance group who became a pop culture phenomenon in the early 1970s. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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5 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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Cast

 
Larry Brinkin ... Himself
Peggy Cass ... Herself (archive footage)
Pristine Condition ... Himself (archive footage)

Jackie Curtis ... Herself (archive footage)

Candy Darling ... Himself (archive footage)
Dusty Dawn ... Herself

Divine ... Himself (archive footage)
Anton Dunnigan ... Himself

Ahmet Ertegun ... Himself (archive footage)
John Flowers ... Himself

Allen Ginsberg ... Himself (archive footage)
Goldie Glitters ... Himself
The Grateful Dead ... Themselves (archive footage)
Ann Harris ... Herself

Fayette Hauser ... Herself
Hibiscus ... Himself (archive footage)
Jilala ... Himself
Michael Kalmen ... Himself

Richard Koldewyn ... Himself

Angela Lansbury ... Herself (archive footage)

Taylor Mead ... Himself (archive footage)

Sylvia Miles ... Herself

Peter Mintun ... Himself
Milton Miron ... Himself (as Sebastian)
Rumi Missabu ... Himself

Richard Nixon ... Himself (archive footage)
Tricia Nixon ... Herself (archive footage)
Marshall Olds ... Himself
Maureen Orth ... Herself

Anthony Perkins ... Himself (archive footage)

Ronald Reagan ... Himself (archive footage)
Kreemah Ritz ... Himself
John Rothermel ... Himself
Sylvester ... Himself (archive footage)
Pam Tent ... Herself (as Pamela Tent-Carpenter)

Gore Vidal ... Himself (archive footage)

John Waters ... Himself
Errol Wetson ... Himself

Holly Woodlawn ... Himself
Frank Bourquin ... Himself (uncredited)
Chris Kilo ... Himself (uncredited)
Daniel Ware ... Himself (uncredited)

Directed by
Bill Weber 
David Weissman 
 
Produced by
Robert Croonquist .... associate producer
Roger Klorese .... co-producer
David Weissman .... producer
 
Original Music by
Richard Koldewyn  (as Richard 'Scrumbly' Koldewyn)
 
Cinematography by
Marsha Kahm 
 
Film Editing by
Bill Weber 
 
Sound Department
James Lebrecht .... sound
Daniel Sperry .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Stef Butler .... digital imaging technician
 
Music Department
Peter Dunne .... music producer
Gerry Gershman .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Jonathan Dana .... producer's representative
Irwin M. Rappaport .... attorney
 
Thanks
David Haney .... generously funded by
Marc Huestis .... thanks
Roger Klorese .... generously funded by
 

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Rated R for nudity, sexual content, drug references and some language
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100 min
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Trivia:
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
[smiles]
John Waters:which is always a good thing.
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References The Golem (1920)See more »
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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Dressed to kill!, 4 July 2002
Author: jotix100 from New York

Perhaps I was expecting more from the documentary. Don't get me wrong, it captures the era and the craziness of the time, but sometimes it goes flat. A little more gay wit should have helped here. The directors have captured the idea behind the Cockettes in their heyday in San Francisco.

Unfortunately, behind the happy facade of the parties, the theatre performances, we never get to really know most of the people who created the scene.

The main character, and the "mother" of the Cockettes, Hibiscus, is an enigma. He's obviously so high on LSD and other drugs of the period to make any sense at all. Hisbiscus did have a vision, but carrying it to the stage was another story. Most of the skits kind of fall flat. I guess that in order to have appreciated the group at the Palace Theatre in San Francisco in its prime would have required tons of acid to view what went onstage as probably Hibiscus conceived it.

The people that survived the Cockettes talk to the camara and tells us what it was like. It's great seeing the survivors as they look now and they looked then. Director John Waters is very effective in telling us his part of the story. The fabulous Devine, who only appears briefly in the film is a welcome distraction since she was the queen of all queens!

The Cockettes were way ahead of their time. When you see today's drag queens, they pale in comparison to that group which were probably the idea for most of the ones around today.

Go see it and enjoy a bygone time that will never be able to capture again.

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