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Betty Blowtorch: And Her Amazing True Life Adventures (2003)

For two years a filmmaker follows the all girl rock band Betty Blowtorch documenting the bands ferocious sound and dangerously low-tech pyrotechnic show, unaware of the turmoil and tragedy that she will ultimately capture.


(as Anthony Scarpa)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bianca Butthole ...
Herself - Bass Guitar & Lead Vocals
Blare N' Bitch ...
Herself - Lead Guitar (as Blare N. Bitch)
Herself - Guitar & Vocals (as Sharon Needles)
Judy Molish ...
Herself - Drums
Dez Cadena ...
Himself - Black Flag
Lina Lecaro ...
Herself - Los Angeles Times
Johnny Angel ...
Himself - L.A. Weekly
Victoria Roberts ...
Herself - Bianca's Stepsister
J.J. ...
Himself - Bianca's Ex-boyfriend
Thom Bone ...
Himself - Butt Trumpet
Jerry Geronimo ...
Dan Druff ...
Kevin Baldes ...
Himself - Lit (as Kevin Baldez)
Himself - Guns N' Roses / Velvet Revolver
Kelly Spencer ...
Herself - Foodchain Records


"I originally set out to make a rock and roll movie. The kind of thing you saw in the seventies, before MTV over exposed our rock stars with manufactured images and CGI stunts. I never realized the depth of the story that was about to unfold or the tragic way it would end." -- Director, Antonia Scarpa Written by Anonymous

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"Meet the girls your parents warned you about dating... or turning into." Alternative Press





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11 June 2003 (USA)  »

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References The Twilight Zone: Eye of the Beholder (1960) See more »


Rock and Roll 69
By Betty Blowtorch
(Betty Blowtorch Music ASCAP)
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I was moved and inspired!
4 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

I am a huge fan of the Los Angeles music scene so I was aware of Betty Blowtorch, but I never really knew the story behind the band. The filmmakers did a great job of gathering archive materials, interviews and rare live performances from which they compiled a pretty compelling and dramatic rock and roll movie. The film covers the band from start to tragic finish. Some of the early footage covering the band's seemingly accidental label signing (they got signed to EMI early on when they were called Butt Trumpet) is priceless as the main players from that era pulls no punches when it comes to recalling their own versions of who was responsible for the eventual break up of Butt Trumpet. It was cool to see that the girls carried on and formed Betty Blowtorch, with Bianca stepping up to take lead vocals. I often thought of the band as a novelty act with the tattoos and fireworks, but the film captures some pretty intense performances that should make some people take a second listen. There is a good mix of humor and drama, plus some surprise footage with Vanilla Ice that gave me new respect for him. Some moments in the film explored some heavy issues regarding Bianca's past, but seeing her on the screen looking happy and beautiful - knowing she made it through some stuff that most don't survive, was inspiring. However, in the end, we are shown just how fragile we really are.

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