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The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

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A newly engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter.

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Jim Sharman

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Richard O'Brien (original musical play), Jim Sharman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Curry ... Dr. Frank-N-Furter - A Scientist
Susan Sarandon ... Janet Weiss - A Heroine
Barry Bostwick ... Brad Majors - A Hero
Richard O'Brien ... Riff Raff - A Handyman
Patricia Quinn ... Magenta - A Domestic
Nell Campbell ... Columbia - A Groupie (as Little Nell)
Jonathan Adams ... Dr. Everett V. Scott - A Rival Scientist
Peter Hinwood ... Rocky Horror - A Creation
Meat Loaf ... Eddie - Ex Delivery Boy (as Meatloaf)
Charles Gray ... The Criminologist - An Expert
Jeremy Newson Jeremy Newson ... Ralph Hapschatt
Hilary Farr ... Betty Munroe (as Hilary Labow)
Perry Bedden Perry Bedden ... A Transylvanian
Christopher Biggins ... A Transylvanian
Gaye Brown Gaye Brown ... A Transylvanian
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On a wild and rain-swept late-November evening, somewhere at an empty stretch of road outside Ohio's merry Denton, the blissfully-affianced, prudish, and boringly innocent young pair of Brad Majors and Janet Weiss find themselves stranded on their way to visit an ex-tutor. Instead, the couple will inadvertently unearth the cross-dressing Dr Frank-N-Furter's spooky lair of inexhaustible oddities, just in time to partake in the out-of-this-world mad scientist's proud unveiling of his latest, delightfully extravagant, and most daring creation--the ultimate male and the perfect sex symbol: the flaxen-haired, Rocky Horror. But, little by little, as the effervescent transgressive force gobbles up whole the unsuspecting visitors of the night, Brad and Janet slowly begin to embrace the potent fascinations of seduction, while an idolised Rocky roams free in the mansion. Who can interrupt man's union with the absolute pleasure? Written by Nick Riganas

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Give yourself over to absolute pleasure See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 August 1975 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Rocky Horror Picture Show See more »

Filming Locations:

Berkshire, England, UK See more »

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Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$112,892,319

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$113,105,321
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Chace Surround (Remix for video release)| Mono (35 mm optical prints)| 4-Track Stereo (35 mm magnetic prints)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The Mother of All Cult Films
14 September 2005 | by mercuryix-1See all my reviews

Or I should say, the Sweet Transvestite of all cult films!

To those who haven't seen Rocky Horror, don't bother reading reviews about it. It won't mean anything. Don't rent it on DVD which it recently came out on. It also won't mean anything, because it's missing the thing that gave it and the stage play that preceded it life... the audience. By definition, a cult film is meant to be seen by a group. Preferably, a large one.

I saw Rocky Horror 20-something years ago, and wound up playing "Brad" with the players next to the stage. Something I would normally never do. Why? The show's energy sucked me in. More accurately, the audience's energy sucked me in.

The show, with a revved-up audience, is almost like a dialogue between the movie and the people watching it. It celebrates sex, hedonism, even while playing out the danger, violence, and tragedy it can result in. It allows the audience of mostly young kids to exude and rejoice in their sexuality, whatever it is. And without ever taking their clothes off. I think that is the real appeal of the show. There's a joyousness, and a strange innocence, in throwing raunchy comments at the screen, watching the live performers on-stage act out the scenes in racy costumes, and sharing the energy anonymously in the dark with strangers.

The live show with the original actors must have been electrifying. Plays always have more energy than films because of the immediacy of the live actors, and the energy must have been even more intense. I'll always regret not having the chance to have seen it.

The movie itself has been described too many times for me to give a synopsis. I will however say that it is really a collage of feelings, ranging from fear, trepidation, excitement, lust, joyous sexual fulfillment, more lust, tragedy, and a strange sadness at the end. Basically, all the emotions that make life worth living, in an hour and a half. However, the visceral enjoyment of this film, and the emotions it brings, will only be experienced with a large, highly energized audience. If you get a chance, and if you can get your reserved ego out of the way, go to a midnight showing in your area when you know there's going to be a big showing. Don't go expecting a logical, coherent storyline. Its about experience, not narrative. You'll get an experience that you've been missing your whole life. At the end, there is a message here, hidden under all the seemingly blissful hedonism. It takes a long time for it to become clear, however.

I wonder if O'Brian, its creator, was clever enough to have put it there all along?

By the way, there is no nudity or actual sex in the entire movie. For a movie with its reputation, that's pretty amazing. Compared to the slasher/gore fests passing themselves off as film these days, the movie is strangely quaint and innocent. But then, that's what true enjoyment of sensuality should be.

For a cult film, 10 out of 10 stars. It doesn't get any better than this as cult films go.


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