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Assault of the Killer Bimbos (1988)

R | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 6 May 1988 (USA)
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Two go-go dancers, Lulu and Peaches, are framed for the murder of their employer by the real killer, sleazy gangster Vinnie. Picking up waitress Darlene along the way, the three are ... See full summary »

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Anita Rosenberg

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Patti Astor (story), Ted Nicolaou (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elizabeth Kaitan Elizabeth Kaitan ... Lulu
Christina Whitaker Christina Whitaker ... Peaches
Tammara Souza Tammara Souza ... Darlene
Nick Cassavetes ... Wayne-O
Griffin O'Neal ... Troy
Jamie Bozian ... Billy
Mike Muscat ... Vinnie
Patti Astor Patti Astor ... Poodles
Arell Blanton Arell Blanton ... Sheriff
David Marsh David Marsh ... Shifty Joe
Clayton Landey ... Hernandez
Jeffrey Orman Jeffrey Orman ... Deputy
Eddie Deezen ... Dopey Deputy
John T. Quern John T. Quern ... Bartender
Paul Ben-Victor ... Customer
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Storyline

Two go-go dancers, Lulu and Peaches, are framed for the murder of their employer by the real killer, sleazy gangster Vinnie. Picking up waitress Darlene along the way, the three are involved in wild car chases with cops as they head south to cross the border into Mexico, where they unexpectedly encounter Vinnie in a fleabag Mexican motel. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Apprehend suspects ... 36 24 36. It'll keep you in suspenders!... See more »

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Action | Comedy | Crime

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 May 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gyilkos lányok támadása See more »

Filming Locations:

Palmdale, California, USA

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Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)
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Ultra Stereo

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Trivia

A sequel called "Bimbo Barbeque" was planned but the idea never came to fruition. See more »

Quotes

Restaurant patron: Oh no! A bimbo with a gun!
Peaches: Eat lead, Bozos!
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Referenced in Robot Ninja (1989) See more »

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Bimbo Breakdown
Performed by The Billion Dollar Babies
Written by clif Brigden & Graham K. Smith
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The Bimbos - A Short-Sheeted Slapstick Comedy
14 January 2003 | by OskadoSee all my reviews

Bimbos is a work of slapstick theater. In contrast, I consider its derivative, Thelma and Louise, a work of junk Americana - to me perhaps all the more junky since I live in that film's playground. But back to our Bimbos. Early in this work, three surfer-boy characters perform a brief Three Stooges parody as though to set tone and genre. Unfortunately, the film falls short of developing that tone as a well-balanced work. If I compare Bimbos to works of the Marx Brothers (together with their faults of excess) or to films such as My Man Godfrey, or to full-length films by Charlie Chaplin, I conclude the following:

First, at least to please me, slapstick comedy must present a mix of `high' and `low' tones. The Marx Brothers interject high tone through music performances, through inclusion of high-class and rational characters - wealthy spinsters, etc. - and through a structure that permits each of the brothers a solo performance, whether on harp, piano or (more questionably) one-on-one clever dialogue. Godfrey employs a languishing piano virtuoso - Carlos, the family protogé - as essentially a clown who actually performs romantic music. The role of art is to entertain and to uplift - `elevare et delectare'.

Drama requires contrasting characters - i.e., texture. The Three Bimbos were not enhanced dramatically by joining forces with three more bimbos - the surfers - and things only became blander as policemen, café crowds, etc., all turn out to be just as `bimbo' as our heroines. Our girls needed to stand out as unique, to contrast against society - e.g., perhaps to fall in with higher-tone `road' figures, like a Woody Guthrie group. We could have watched the three bimbos' tails wagging as they picked melons with the Mexican `temporarios' in the farms along the Colorado, we could have shared the enchantment of fireside music and dance under a huge Arizona sunset. The movie could have ended with our three bimbos waddling off into the sunset like Charlie Chaplin and his sweet sidekick in Modern Times.

The film needed to introduce nostalgic elements to give the humor a bittersweet texture. National Lampoon's Animal House achieves nostalgic counterbalance through enacting slapstick absurdities that recall deep sentimental memories to the minds of many a typical old-college grad - i.e., within each slapstick act hides a kernel of emotionally rooted truth.

Last, our three actresses were not used in either a complementary or complimentary way - indeed, the least charismatic of the three is given the opening scene and the most exposure. Kaitan's minuscule strip at the foot of a scraggly joshua tree only seems a desperate attempt - perhaps an improv, like the three surfers' quick Stooges routine - to inject some shred of life into the work. But the wreckage was too great for Kaitan to save - not even Superman could have done that alone - and Tammara Souza, the third bimbo, isn't even given a chance. Yes, I prefer the Bimbos to T & L, though that isn't saying much. I still respect Susan Sarandon, but far too much as an after-effect of her performance many years ago in the television film, The Last of the Belles - for which I've forgiven many an indiscretion ever since - but not all. For me, her time has come and gone - however much I commiserate with that universal need to make a living. If T & L merits a 7-rating, the Bimbos merit a 9. But that's impossible. I would rate T & L at 2 and our sorry bimbos at three and a half. What a shame - because for so little additional investment in time and money, this film could have been so much better. I guess the real bimbos were the director and producer?


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