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The Female Bunch (1971)

After a string of bad times with men, Sandy tries to kill herself. Co-waitress Libby saves her and takes her to meet some female friends of hers who live on a ranch in the desert. Grace, ... See full summary »

Directors:

Al Adamson, John 'Bud' Cardos (uncredited)

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Raphael Nussbaum (story), Jale Lockwood (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Monti
Russ Tamblyn ... Bill
Jennifer Bishop ... Grace (as Jenifer Bishop)
Aleshia Brevard Aleshia Brevard ... Sadie (as A'lesha Lee)
Geoffrey Land ... Jim (as Jeoffrey Land)
Leslie McRay ... Dennise (as Leslie McCrea)
Nesa Renet Nesa Renet ... Sandy
Don Epperson Don Epperson ... Scott
Sharyn Wynters ... (as Sheryn Wynters)
Regina Carrol ... Libby (as Gina Carol)
Albert Cole ... (as Al Cole)
Mike Wendler Mike Wendler
Megan Timothy Megan Timothy
Susan Arnold Susan Arnold ... (as Sue Arnold)
Lee James Lee James
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After a string of bad times with men, Sandy tries to kill herself. Co-waitress Libby saves her and takes her to meet some female friends of hers who live on a ranch in the desert. Grace, the leader of the gang, puts Sandy through her initiation and they get on with the real job of running drugs across the Mexican border, hassling poor farmers, taking any man they please, and generally raising a little hell. Soon Sandy becomes unsure if this is the life for her, but it may be too late to get out. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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They dare to do what other women only dream about! See more »

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Action | Crime | Drama | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Time to Run See more »

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Mono

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Color
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The first time since 1941 that Lon Chaney was actually billed with the 'Jr.' (and top-billed in his final role). See more »

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Lon Chaney Jr. in his final role
7 December 2014 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"The Female Bunch" was completed in Aug 1969 under shooting title "A Time to Run," even more brutal and shocking than director Al Adamson's breakout success, "Satan's Sadists," on Western locations in Utah and the Spahn Movie Ranch in Chatsworth, at the very time the Charles Manson family was committing their most heinous crimes. The new title was inspired by "The Wild Bunch," going even further in its violence and nudity, even a full frontal shower scene, never topped by Adamson. A modern story about man-hating women living on an isolated California ranch, enabling them to run heroin from across the Mexican border. The sight of the bunch on horseback, constantly riding hither and yon, quickly grows tiresome, and even their sexual antics prove boring under Adamson's out of focus direction. Future HEE HAW girl Jennifer Bishop had an extensive exploitation career in Adamson films, "Blood of Dracula's Castle," "Horror of the Blood Monsters," and "Jessi's Girls," but hasn't the acting chops to truly convince as Grace, the 'queen bee' of this hive, and none of the other females stand out. The nominal male leads are Lon Chaney and Russ Tamblyn, only around long enough to justify their prominent billing, Chaney billed with the 'Jr.' for the only time since the 1942 Universal short "Keeping Fit." Tamblyn only arrives at the midway point, getting killed in glorious fashion with a pitchfork to the groin after being branded on the forehead by Grace. As Monti, aging former stuntman, Chaney is the only male working on Grace's ranch, believing that she'll eventually respond favorably to his amorous advances, only to be knocked out, tied to the back of a horse, and allowed to be dragged off to certain death. With only 6 1/2 minutes screen time, it's a disappointingly small role for the actor's last, but even worse is the quality of his cancer ridden voice, reduced to a terrible rasp, even when he's supposed to register emotion. There's a certain home movie atmosphere in the way that Adamson unflatteringly films his star, happily guzzling a bottle of vodka and spitting it out! It's a sad sight to see, but Lon Chaney's career comes to a close after 164 films in 37 years of dedicated work.


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