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Making of 'Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains' (2004)

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A documentary look at the 'making of' and cult success of the troubled Lou Adler directed film "Ladies And Gentlemen The Fabulous Stains" starring Diane Lane.




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A documentary look at the 'making of' and cult success of the troubled Lou Adler directed film "Ladies And Gentlemen The Fabulous Stains" starring Diane Lane.

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Release Date:

30 March 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

'Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains': Behind the Movie  »

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1.33 : 1
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A neat little retrospective documentary on the early 80's rock'n'roll cult favorite
20 November 2008 | by (The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left) – See all my reviews

This short'n'sweet little 12 minute documentary offers an enjoyable and informative look back at "Ladies and Gentleman, the Fabulous Stains," a funky teen rock'n'roll romp that flopped at the box office during its limited art-house theater release, but went on to amass a huge cult following due to several late-night cable TV airings in the early 80's. Various cast and crew members have interesting stories to share about the movie. Screenwriter Nancy Dowd admits she was inspired to write the script by both her own childhood and after seeing the Ramones in concert, plus candidly discusses being grossly mistreated by several crew members on the set of the movie (she eventually attributed her script credit to the pseudonym Rob Morton). Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols confesses he had a heroin habit when he did the film and Fee Waybill of the Tubes likewise reveals he smoked pot during the shooting of the picture. Diane Lane relates that her inability to sing helped her portray the rebellious character of insolent adolescent punk singer Corrine "Third Degree" Burns and was mortified by her revealing skimpy wardrobe. Noted punk journalist Caroline Coon talks about her role as consultant; she devised the look and costumes for the Stains. Actress Christine Lahti gets the biggest laugh when she admits she has yet to see the picture in its entirety (!). Director Lou Adler took over a year to edit the film in post-production and future horror scream queen Debbie Rochon was twelve and homeless when she got a gig as an extra in the flick. Moreover, this movie's cult status with punk musicians (Courtney Love is a major fan of this film!) is also addressed. Essential viewing for all you fans of the Stains (I know you're out there, I can hear you shrieking "Waste of Time").

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