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Stuart Samuels
Victor Kushmaniuk (additional writer)
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5 August 2005 (USA) See more »
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From 1970-1977, six low budget films shown at midnight transformed the way we make and watch films. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

John Waters ... Himself
Ben Barenholtz ... Himself

Alejandro Jodorowsky ... Himself (as Alexandro Jodorowsky)
Alan Douglas ... Himself
J. Hoberman ... Himself

Robert Shaye ... Himself (as Bob Shaye)

George A. Romero ... Himself (as George Romero)
Jonathan Rosenbaum ... Himself
Bill Quigley ... Himself
Larry Jackson ... Himself
Seth Willenson ... Himself
Chuck Zlatkin ... Himself
Perry Henzell ... Himself

Richard O'Brien ... Himself
Jim Sharman ... Himself (archive footage)

Lou Adler ... Himself

Mick Rock ... Himself
Peter Suschitzky ... Himself
Sal Piro ... Himself

David Lynch ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Dan Aykroyd ... Himself (archive footage)
Jeanne Bates ... Herself (archive footage)

John Belushi ... Himself (archive footage)

Barry Bostwick ... Himself (archive footage)

David Bowie ... Himself (archive footage)
Bill 'Chilly Billy' Cardille ... Himself (archive footage)

Jimmy Cliff ... Himself (archive footage)
Elizabeth Coffey ... Herself (archive footage)
Charles Craig ... Himself (archive footage)

Tim Curry ... Himself (archive footage)

Matt Damon ... Himself (archive footage)
Julián de Meriche ... Himself (archive footage)

Divine ... Himself (archive footage)
Marilyn Eastman ... Herself (archive footage)

Roger Ebert ... Himself

Britt Ekland ... Herself (archive footage)

Peter Fonda ... Himself (archive footage)
S. William Hinzman ... Himself (archive footage)

Dustin Hoffman ... Himself (archive footage)

Dennis Hopper ... Himself (archive footage)

Elizabeth Hurley ... Herself (archive footage)
Steve Hutsko ... Himself (archive footage)
Brontis Jodorowsky ... Himself (archive footage)
Duane Jones ... Himself (archive footage)
Allen Joseph ... Himself (archive footage)
Robert F. Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage)

Martin Luther King ... Himself (archive footage)
Allen Klein ... Himself (archive footage)
George Kosana ... Himself (archive footage)
José Legarreta ... Himself (archive footage)

John Lennon ... Himself (archive footage)
David Lochary ... Himself (archive footage)
Mara Lorenzio ... Herself (archive footage)
Charles Manson ... Himself (archive footage)
Ignacio Martínez España ... Himself (archive footage)

Edith Massey ... Herself (archive footage)

Meat Loaf ... Himself (archive footage)
Danny Mills ... Himself (archive footage)

Jack Nance ... Himself (archive footage)
Laurel Near ... Herself (archive footage)

Judith O'Dea ... Herself (archive footage)

Yoko Ono ... Herself (archive footage)

Al Pacino ... Himself (archive footage)
Mary Vivian Pearce ... Herself (archive footage)

Vincent Price ... Himself (archive footage)

Patricia Quinn ... Herself (archive footage)
Judith Ridley ... Herself (archive footage)
Paula Romo ... Herself (archive footage)

Winona Ryder ... Herself (archive footage)

Susan Sarandon ... Herself (archive footage)
Eliseo Gardea Saucedo ... Himself (archive footage)
Kyra Schon ... Herself (archive footage)

Peter Sellers ... Himself (archive footage)

Christian Slater ... Himself (archive footage)

Charlotte Stewart ... Herself (archive footage)

Mink Stole ... Herself (archive footage)
Russell Streiner ... Himself (archive footage)
Vincent D. Survinski ... Himself (archive footage)
Paul Swift ... Himself (archive footage)

Uma Thurman ... Herself (archive footage)

John Travolta ... Himself (archive footage)

Andy Warhol ... Himself (archive footage)
Keith Wayne ... Himself (archive footage)

Orson Welles ... Himself (archive footage)

Directed by
Stuart Samuels 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Victor Kushmaniuk  additional writer
Stuart Samuels 

Produced by
Ian Dimerman .... executive producer
David M. Fox .... executive producer
Victor Kushmaniuk .... associate producer
Stuart Samuels .... producer
Stephan Shelanski .... executive producer
Andrea Stewart .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Eric Cadesky 
Nick Dyer 
 
Cinematography by
Richard Fox 
 
Film Editing by
Michael Bembenek 
Robert J. Coleman 
John Dowding 
Lorenzo Massa 
Kevin Rollins 
 
Production Management
Christopher Black .... executive in charge of production (international version)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Victor Kushmaniuk .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Michael McDougall .... graphic designer
 
Sound Department
Euan Hunter .... sound
Terry Wedel .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Editorial Department
Mary Luz Mejia .... post-production coordinator
Alex Olegnowicz .... post-production
 
Music Department
Euan Hunter .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Steven Belgard .... publicist
Karen Shatzkin .... legal services
Joshua Watson .... production assistant
 

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Canada:88 min | USA:86 min
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John Waters:[about Pink Flamingos] I was high when I wrote it. I was not high when I made it.See more »
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References Liar's Moon (1982)See more »

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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
reminds me of what is lacking in the film world today, 11 August 2005
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

I watched this film the other night on TV- it's based on a book of the same name (the authors appear in the film as well)- and it did its job perfectly. It kept me interested by films I've seen and loved, heard of, or got introduced to during the program. And, the history itself behind the actual movie-going experience of the 'midnight movies' of the late 60's and 70's makes for fascinated viewing. We get interviews from filmmakers (John Waters, George Romero, Alejandro Jodorowsky, David Lynch, among several others) who go over the legends of their big 'cult' films, which either were made specifically for it, or just happened that way.

One of the things I love about documentaries about movies, like the Martin Scorsese documentaries on American and Italian movies or Decade Under the Influence, is that there's a new awareness to material that I've never seen before. Most of the films selected here I have seen, but the ones that I didn't not only were impressive on their own, but gave me the feeling "I have to check these out, if I can find them." The most prominent one for me, which served as the sort of birthplace of the "midnight movie", is El Topo, Jodorowsky's madness of a film, that goes all out to do everything in its power to offend and act violent, nutty, obscene, while still maintaining a deranged sense of humor. It became a huge success as the first "midnight movie" that attracted a mass (or cult) of young people (almost all pot smokers, even in the theaters). Other films like Pink Flamingos and The Harder They Come looked equally interesting (and funny) to see. And getting some more back-stories on Night of the Living Dead, Eraserhead, and even The Rocky Horror Picture Show (which I was never much a fan of) kept me glued to the TV even in the later hours of night.

For a movie buff this is a must-see to catch, another of the "good old days" kind of documentaries where one feels as much excitement and historical interest as slight sadness. There are still theaters around the country that have midnight showings of movies, almost by demand 'cultish', but the whole mystique and pandemonium around it- the kind of excitement that in its own realm was stronger as for the big Hollywood films- is gone.

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