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1969 ... San Francisco ... Sexual Anarchy
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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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

Grateful Dead ... Themselves (archive footage) (as The Grateful Dead)
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)
Pamela Tent-Carpenter ... Herself

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
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
100 min
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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 »
John Waters:Well, the Cockettes were basically complete sexual anarchy
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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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