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Scorpio Rising (1963)

A gang of Nazi bikers prepares for a race as sexual, sadistic, and occult images are cut together.

Director:

Kenneth Anger
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Uncredited cast:
Ernie Allo Ernie Allo ... Joker (uncredited)
Bruce Byron Bruce Byron ... Scorpio (uncredited)
Frank Carifi Frank Carifi ... Leo (uncredited)
Steve Crandell Steve Crandell ... Blondie (uncredited)
Johnny Dodds Johnny Dodds ... Kid (uncredited)
Bill Dorfman Bill Dorfman ... Back (uncredited)
Nelson Leigh ... Jesus Christ (archive footage) (uncredited)
John Palone John Palone ... Pinstripe (uncredited)
Barry Rubin Barry Rubin ... Fall Guy (uncredited)
Johnny Sapienza Johnny Sapienza ... Taurus (uncredited)
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An army of gay/nazi bikers make their engines roar and ride the way to pain/pleasure as sexual and sadistic symbols are intercut into the dazing chaos and rhythmic experiences of this underground film by cult director Anger. Written by <cl_navarro@infonie.fr>

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From the underground - the original and wildest film of the Hell's Angels cult!

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Short | Music

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The film was censored for indecency. The case went to the Supreme Court where it was ruled in Kenneth Anger's favor. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Sister Act (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Fools Rush In
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Written by Rube Bloom and Johnny Mercer
Performed by Ricky Nelson
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Butch bikers or closet queers?
30 March 2001 | by MWadmanSee all my reviews

What is significant about this text is that Anger got many of the shots from the initiation rites of American biker gangs. As such, the butch ruggedness of these ostensibly "straight" men is conflated with the none-too-subtle homoeroticism of their rites--which leads the viewer to question the rigid dichotomies of "straight" and "gay" that dominate North American social discourse.

Also of significance is the extent to which, by appropriating "butch markers" such as leather and motorcycles, the homoeroticism undermines the stereotypicality of the "nelly" homosexual male.

Not a terribly accessible text, but it becomes pregnant with significance for the viewer who does a little background reading first.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 1969 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Scorpio Rising See more »

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Budget:

$16,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Puck Film Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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