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Daughters of the Sexual Revolution: The Untold Story of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders (2018)

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The never-before-told story of Suzanne Mitchell, the fiercely-loyal den mother of the original Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. Seen by many as regressive and exploitative, this diverse ... See full summary »

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Dana Adam Shapiro
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Cindy Bennett Cindy Bennett ... Herself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tami Barber Tami Barber ... Herself
Kim Bateman Bue Kim Bateman Bue ... Herself
Tammie Curren Caruthers Tammie Curren Caruthers ... Herself
Candy Evans Candy Evans ... Herself
Suzette Freeman Suzette Freeman ... Herself
Byron C. Hunter Byron C. Hunter ... Himself
Dana Presley Killmer Dana Presley Killmer ... Herself
Suzanne Mitchell Suzanne Mitchell ... Herself
Carrie O'Brien Sibley Carrie O'Brien Sibley ... Herself
Joe Nick Patoski Joe Nick Patoski ... Himself
Jayna Shepherd Jayna Shepherd ... Herself
Cindy Villarreal Cindy Villarreal ... Herself
Toni Washington Toni Washington ... Herself
Shannon Baker Werthmann Shannon Baker Werthmann ... Herself
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The never-before-told story of Suzanne Mitchell, the fiercely-loyal den mother of the original Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. Seen by many as regressive and exploitative, this diverse sisterhood of small-town "girls next door" became a controversial pop culture phenomenon at the height of the Sexual Revolution, changing the game of football -- and America -- forever.

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USA

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2 November 2018 (USA) See more »

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An Unexpected and Nuanced Film about Women and Sexuality
13 March 2018 | by JustCuriositySee all my reviews

Daughters of the Sexual Revolution was very well-received at Austin's SXSW Film Festival. Honestly, I expected a film about the somewhat silly institution of cheerleading and it's connection to football. This film, from the acclaimed director of Murderball, was not at all what the audience was expecting. It had much more depth as it explored the early years (1970s/1980s) of the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders at the cultural collision point of the sexual revolution and the feminist movement. The film explores how these women were using their sex appeal, but also behaving in a dignified and respectful manner under the watchful eye of their beloved director, Suzanne Mitchell. The film focused on interviews with former DCC members and Mitchell (who passed away in 2016 not long after the interviews with her for the film). She was a disciplinarian with strict rules while at the same time protective and nurturing environment for these young women in a dangerous environment. The interviews reveal a much more complex picture than one would initially expect. While many may have looked at them as women whose sexuality was being exploited, Mitchell really made sure that they were using their beauty and skills for their own benefit. She helped shape these young women into strong confident independent women. The film is both highly enjoyable and very informative. Highly recommended for those who are looking for a different take on a national institution.


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