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Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965)

Not Rated | | Action, Comedy | 6 August 1965 (USA)
Three go-go dancers holding a young girl hostage come across a crippled old man living with his two sons in the desert. After learning he's hiding a sum of cash around, the women start scheming on him.

Director:

Russ Meyer

Writers:

Jackie Moran (screenplay) (as Jack Moran), Russ Meyer (original story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tura Satana ... Varla
Haji ... Rosie
Lori Williams Lori Williams ... Billie
Ray Barlow Ray Barlow ... Tommy
Sue Bernard Sue Bernard ... Linda (as Susan Bernard)
Michael Finn Michael Finn ... Gas Station Attendant (as Mickey Foxx)
Dennis Busch Dennis Busch ... The Vegetable
Stuart Lancaster ... The Old Man
Paul Trinka Paul Trinka ... Kirk
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Storyline

Three strippers seeking thrills encounter a young couple in the desert. After dispatching the boyfriend, they take the girl hostage and begin scheming on a crippled old man living with his two sons in the desert, reputedly hiding a tidy sum of cash. They become houseguests of the old man and try and seduce the sons in an attempt to locate the money, not realizing that the old man has a few sinister intentions of his own. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Russ Meyer's ode to the violence in women See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 August 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Faster, Pussycat! Go! Go! See more »

Filming Locations:

Mojave Desert, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$45,000 (estimated)
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Eve Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Entertainment Weekly" ranked this #16 on its "Guilty Pleasures: Testosterone Edition" list in its March 30, 2007, issue. See more »

Goofs

When the vegetable drops the knife at the side of Rosie's dead body she blinks. See more »

Quotes

The Old Man: Honey, you - uh - what you eat seems to settle in the right places. But then you look to me like a girl with a big appetite for everything.
Varla: I try to think big!
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Alternate Versions

Available in an Unrated version on DVD. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Pee-wee's Big Holiday (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Faster Pussycat
Sung by The Bostweeds
Lyrics by Rick Jarrard
Music by Paul Sawtell and Bert Shefter
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Repeated Viewings Recommended
2 August 2005 | by aimless-46See all my reviews

The tendency to dismiss Russ Meyer's "Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!" (1965) as just a cult classic is probably due to the most memorable feature of the film, the girls. First there are the two quintessential Meyer women, Tura Satana and Haji, towering brunettes with enormous breasts who dominate all the men around them; or at least Satana does, Haji's character (with a strange Italian-Mexican accent?) is more focused on Satana than on men. They actually come across as a feminist empowerment fantasy, which is consistent with Meyer's almost exclusive career focus on situations in which women wreak their will upon men.

If they are too extreme for your tastes there is blonde free spirit Lori Williams and air-headed sweet young thing Susan Bernard. While arguably the two prettiest women to have ever graced a film, there is no argument that William's character is the sexiest of all time. Interestingly, it was the sweet-faced Bernard who became a Playboy centerfold just a few months after the movie (December 1966).

But "Pussycat's" greatness comes from the visceral power of Meyer's unusual images (can you say Fellini). Add to this abundant humor, inventive camera angles, fast pacing, clever editing, violence, and a generally amoral cast of characters.

The film gets even better with subsequent viewings, you connect better with the twisted dialogue and the wry humor.


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