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The Cockettes (2002)

Documentary about the gender-bending San Francisco performance group who became a pop culture phenomenon in the early 1970s.

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Credited cast:
Larry Brinkin Larry Brinkin ... Himself
Peggy Cass ... Herself (archive footage)
Pristine Condition Pristine Condition ... Himself (archive footage)
Jackie Curtis ... Herself (archive footage)
Candy Darling ... Herself (archive footage)
Dusty Dawn Dusty Dawn ... Herself
Divine ... Himself (archive footage)
Anton Dunnigan Anton Dunnigan ... Himself
Ahmet Ertegun ... Himself (archive footage)
John Flowers John Flowers ... Himself
Allen Ginsberg ... Himself (archive footage)
Goldie Glitters Goldie Glitters ... Himself
Grateful Dead ... Themselves (archive footage) (as The Grateful Dead)
Ann Harris Ann Harris ... Herself
Fayette Hauser ... Herself


On New Year's Eve, 1969, a flamboyant ragtag troupe of genderbending hippies took the stage of San Francisco's Palace Theater and The Cockettes were born. For the next 2 1/2 years, these outrageous drag performers created 20 shows with titles like "A Crab on Uranus Means You're Loved" and "Tinsel Tarts in a Hot Coma," and were featured in four underground films. But when the Cockettes flew to New York City to appear Off Broadway - well, you'll just have to see what happened when New Yorkers took a look at them. Documentarians Weissman and Weber have crafted a record of a wondrous time and a wild group in The Cockettes. Written by Anonymous

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1969 ... San Francisco ... Sexual Anarchy



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for nudity, sexual content, drug references and some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 January 2002 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »


Box Office


$300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,118, 12 May 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$220,077, 9 February 2003
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Grandelusion See more »
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Did You Know?


On the Weekend of 22 December 2002, the movie grossed $75.00 (by contrast, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) took in $62,007,000). See more »


John Waters: Well, the Cockettes were basically complete sexual anarchy
John Waters: which is always a good thing.
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I couldn't stop smiling
28 May 2002 | by king-27See all my reviews

San Francisco crazies, unbridled idealism, articulate interviewees, and LOTS and LOTS of original footage combine to form a highly entertaining and endearing history of the dance troupe from the late 60s to the early 70s. Great storytelling of a fascinating story.

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