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Outrageous! (1977)

A story about a female impersonator who rooms with a pregnant schizophrenic.

Director:

Richard Benner

Writers:

Richard Benner, Margaret Gibson Gilboord (based on a story from "Butterfly Ward") (as Margaret Gibson)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Craig Russell Craig Russell ... Robin Turner
Hollis McLaren ... Liza Connors
Richert Easley ... Perry
Allan Moyle ... Martin
David McIlwraith David McIlwraith ... Bob
Gerry Salsberg Gerry Salsberg ... Jason
Andrée Pelletier ... Anne
Helen Shaver ... Jo
Martha Gibson Martha Gibson ... Nurse Carr
Helen Hughes ... Mrs. Connors
Jonah Royston Jonah Royston ... Dr. Beddoes
Richard Moffatt Richard Moffatt ... Stewart
David Woito David Woito ... Hustler
Rusty Ryan Rusty Ryan ... Jimmy
Trevor Bryan Trevor Bryan ... Miss Montego Bay
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Storyline

Robin Turner is a gay hairdresser. He hates his job. He loves old movies and will do his customers' hair in the style of an iconic movie star if they'll let him, and even if they don't. At his apartment, he is harboring his medically diagnosed schizophrenic friend, Liza Connors, who can no longer stand being institutionalized. After Liza convinces Robin to attend a drag ball dressed as Tallulah Bankhead, Robin begins to feel liberated. On Liza's further urging, Robin accepts a local club's offer to work as a female impersonator, he doing his own singing unlike most drag queens. As he progresses with his female impersonation work to great aplomb, he takes a shot at making it big in New York City. The money will have to come in since despite medical warnings to her not to do it, Liza has become pregnant (not Robin's baby), she deciding to have and keep the baby. Written by Huggo

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Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 July 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ausgeflippt See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Budget:

CAD 165,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Quotes

Liza Connors: Liza's brain runs round and round; Liza's head is full of sounds. Liza's the one born dead; Liza's the one without any head.
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Connections

References What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Lili Marlene
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Norbert Schultze
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The genius Craig Russell
11 May 2000 | by laughingeggSee all my reviews

Outrageous! is a truly remarkable film, and an attest to the genius of Craig Russell. The film opened in Manhattan during the early fall of 1977 without so much as a trailer or publicity of any kind...just word of mouth. Within one week people were queuing up in droves to see it! Not coincidentally, Craig Russell, the film's star, was staging his brilliant one man show "A Man And His Women" right around the block from the cinema. This masterful stroke of showmanship made him the toast of Manhattan. Outrageous! is a film about human relationships and acceptance...of loving, supporting and encouraging those people whom you care about. It's filled with character studies that are rich and evocative. Craig Russell was truly a genius. He was in my opinion the greatest female "impressionist" of all time. By utilizing his own vocal talents, facial expressions and simple make-up and costume changes, he would transform into Mae West, Talulah Bankhead, Bette Davis, Judy Garland, Carol Channing or Peggy Lee (to name but a few) so seamlessly, one would easily forget they weren't witnessing the genuine article. His one man show "A Man and His Woman" which played at "Theatre East"in Manhattan allowed audiences to see the true extent of his talent that was only touched upon in the film. Outrageous! is a film that dramatically changed and enriched my life. The film should be restored and reissued both theatrically and on DVD. It sends a profoundly positive message that should be passed on to future generations.

Cheers,

R. Stephen Weber Burbank, CA


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