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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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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

1969 ... San Francisco ... Sexual Anarchy

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Documentary

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

GranDelusion.com | Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 2002 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,118, 12 May 2002

Gross USA:

$220,165

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$220,165
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Company Credits

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Grandelusion See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

John Waters: Well, the Cockettes were basically complete sexual anarchy
[smiles]
John Waters: which is always a good thing.
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Connections

References Freaks (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

Prime Time
Written by Richard Koldewyn and Martin Worman
Published by Scrumbly Music (BMI)/Dorothy Kirsch (BMI)
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Dressed to kill!
4 July 2002 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Perhaps I was expecting more from the documentary. Don't get me wrong, it captures the era and the craziness of the time, but sometimes it goes flat. A little more gay wit should have helped here. The directors have captured the idea behind the Cockettes in their heyday in San Francisco.

Unfortunately, behind the happy facade of the parties, the theatre performances, we never get to really know most of the people who created the scene.

The main character, and the "mother" of the Cockettes, Hibiscus, is an enigma. He's obviously so high on LSD and other drugs of the period to make any sense at all. Hisbiscus did have a vision, but carrying it to the stage was another story. Most of the skits kind of fall flat. I guess that in order to have appreciated the group at the Palace Theatre in San Francisco in its prime would have required tons of acid to view what went onstage as probably Hibiscus conceived it.

The people that survived the Cockettes talk to the camara and tells us what it was like. It's great seeing the survivors as they look now and they looked then. Director John Waters is very effective in telling us his part of the story. The fabulous Devine, who only appears briefly in the film is a welcome distraction since she was the queen of all queens!

The Cockettes were way ahead of their time. When you see today's drag queens, they pale in comparison to that group which were probably the idea for most of the ones around today.

Go see it and enjoy a bygone time that will never be able to capture again.


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