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Sometimes Aunt Martha Does Dreadful Things (1971)

R | | Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Two over the top eccentric fugitives become roommates in Miami to avoid the law, while one dresses as the other's aunt in drag, leading to deception and murder.


Thomas Casey


Thomas Casey (screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Abe Zwick Abe Zwick ... Paul
Wayne Crawford ... Stanley (as Scott Lawrence)
Don Craig Don Craig ... Hubert
Robin Hughes Robin Hughes ... Vicki
Yanka Mann ... Mrs. Adams
Marty Cordova Marty Cordova ... Alma
Maggie Wood Maggie Wood ... Dolores
Mike Mingoia Mike Mingoia ... Joe
Jessie Eastland Jessie Eastland ... Jerry (as Robert De Meo)
Sandra Lurie Sandra Lurie ... Mary Lou
Brad F. Grinter Brad F. Grinter ... Lt. Farrell
Charles Guanci Charles Guanci ... Sgt. Baker
Francelia Waterbury Francelia Waterbury ... Mrs. Johnson
Victor Anchipolovsky Victor Anchipolovsky ... Mr. Johnson
Joseph Bracci Joseph Bracci ... Policeman


Stanley and Paul, a pair of friends on the run from the law, rent a house in the suburbs, where they decide the best way to lay low is for Paul to dress as a woman and pretend to be Stanley's Aunt Martha. Not too long after the pair move into their new home, Paul suddenly murders a young woman Stanley brings home with him. Paul's violent tendencies continue to spin out of control, and soon nobody who comes near is safe from him. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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A twisted mind snaps and a wave of terror begins. See more »


Comedy | Crime | Thriller


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Film debut of Wayne Crawford. See more »


When Dolores, the waitress at Tino's cafe, is talking to "Aunt Martha" on the phone, the shadow of the microphone can be seen on the wall next to the phone. See more »


Stanley: Hey, what's this big lump?
Paul: [pulls out a kitchen knife] I thought it would be dangerous to leave it lying around the house. Especially with Williams up there.
Stanley: Why? It's just a kitchen knife.
Paul: This is the knife... that you used to kill Mrs. Johnson.
Stanley: Let me see it.
[takes the knife]
Stanley: Oh, Jesus! I must've been out of my mind.
Paul: That's what I've been telling you. You get crazy when you take drugs. And then you don't even remember what happens.
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Wacked Out Psycho Crime Drama
18 October 2001 | by dwaltz6969See all my reviews

Ordering movies by odd titles has always been a thing with me. Imagine my surprise when I got this one in the mail! You're never really sure at the beginning if Abe Zwick is supposed to be a man or woman. Then when he answers the phone at his house he says in a soft, feminine voice, "hello?" He repeats it once more. Then his face contorts into a frown and in a deep, bass voice says, "STANLEY!" (Stanley being his boyfriend who always ends up hooking up with women, even though he's gay). That scene sets the tone for the film and it's the two leads, Paul and Stanley who set the energetic tone of the film. This is a must see for any lover of bad films. On an interesting side note, Paul (played by Abe Zwick) looks a lot like a young Andy Kaufman.

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