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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.

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Kenneth Anger
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Cast

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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Storyline

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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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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Trivia

Bruce Byron worked as a motorcycle messenger in Manhattan. His zodiac sign was Scorpio, and so he called himself that, as well as carrying at all times the scorpion amulet which he is seen kissing and holding in the film. The honorable discharge certificate from the United States Marine Corps, on the wall above his bed, was his own, as were all the pictures of James Dean and Marlon Brando, of whom he was a big fan. He is seen reading the Sunday comics section from a newspaper, which really was his favorite thing to read. The newspaper clipping near his bed, with the headline "CYCLE HITS HOLE & KILLS TWO," was about an accident in Times Square that had killed one of his friends. Another friend, who worked in a medical-products factory in New Jersey, had supplied him with the pure methamphetamine powder which he snorts from his fingers during the "Heat Wave" sequence. See more »

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He's a Rebel
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Written by Gene Pitney
Performed by The Crystals
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King of Kings Reference
28 February 2008 | by mondocane69See all my reviews

During the early 80's I attended many screenings where Anger was present to introduce "Scorpio Rising." The clips of Jesus are not from "King of Kings" as one viewer wrote,but according to Anger, the clips are from a religious instruction film that he received by mistake one day while he was editing the film. He took it as sign to use some clips in the film. This is a great work of art and one of the best and most influential underground films ever created. It's influence on the modern music video and other aspects of popular culture cannot be dismissed. I urge everyone to get the 2 volume DVD set that's out now. Check out Anger's other films among them "Puce Moment," "Rabbit's Moon," and "Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome."

"It's my happening and it freaks me out!"


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