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Switchblade Sisters (1975)

Robbie Lee , Joanne Nail , Jack Hill  |  R |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robbie Lee, Joanne Nail, Monica Gayle, Asher Brauner, Chase Newhart
  • Directors: Jack Hill
  • Writers: Jack Hill, John Prizer, F.X. Maier
  • Producers: Jack Hill, Frank Moreno, Jeff Begun, John Prizer
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Collector's Edition, Color, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Miramax
  • DVD Release Date: May 23, 2000
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305268800
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,864 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Switchblade Sisters" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Intro and Outro by Quentin Tarantino
  • "The Host", Jack Hill's student movie
  • Clips from Jack Hill's _Spider Baby (1964)_  and Pit Stop

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Jack Hill's SWITCHBLADE SISTERS is the outlandish, action-packed story of a tough gang of teenage girls -- the all-female Dagger Debs -- who are looking for love and fighting for turf on the mean streets of the city! Bad girls to the core, these impossibly outrageous high school hoodlums go where they want ... and create mayhem wherever they go! A riotously entertaining mix of sex, jealousy, and massive firepower that critics loved -- don't miss your chance to see one of the wildest films ever made!

Jack Hill's 1975 drive-in opus, Switchblade Sisters, has all the requisite cheese and then some: girl fights, gun duels, sex-starved reform school guards, flashes of nudity, and even African-American-Maoist-revolutionary-butt-kicking chicks who don't take nonsense from anyone. The story is a prime example of how the influence of great filmmakers can be reprocessed into pure exploitation: Maggie (Joanne Nail), a smart, new member of a distaff gang, presents a threat to the group's established leader (Robbie Lee). The intricacies of their subsequent relationship--love, betrayal, and a battle for control--has numerous echoes of the films of Nicholas Ray and Howard Hawks, and Hill plays it all with a seriousness that underscores the heart within this trash classic. No wonder Quentin Tarantino became this film's latter-day benefactor, promoting its 1998 theatrical re-release under the auspices of his revival imprint, Rolling Thunder Pictures. --Tom Keogh

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great film, but not why you'd think August 24, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I must disagree with many of the other reviewers - this film is not cheese at all. In the strictest sense of the word, it's not a sexploitation flick, either, although many may argue this point.
This film was written as a modern-day, female version of 'Othello,' not a gang/bike/trash story at all! Basic rundown - The Dagger Debs gang, led by Lace, takes on a new member named Maggie. She is fiercely loyal to Lace, but gang member Patch is jealous and manages to turn Lace against Maggie through a series of well laid out machinations. Meanwhile, Lace's boyfriend Dominick is making the moves on Maggie. Much madness and mayhem ensues. So, yes, there are lots of cat-fights, tough chicks, and chain fights, not to mention more than one tight top to be seen and maybe a breast here or there. But don't let these be the only thing you see when watching this film! With the exception of the actress playing Donut, the acting in this film is perfectly good (Donut is Lenny Bruce's daughter, and she got the part on name merit alone). Additionally, character development is high, the plot moves well, action is great. And, durn, it's based on Shakespeare!....sort of.
There are a variety of reasons to watch 'Switchblade Sisters,' whether you are a fan of sexploitation flicks, B-movies, Jack Hill, or the cult genre in general. There's even a bonus for those interested in finding a 'diamond in the rough' or other hidden cinematic gems - this is one well-made film. You really cannot go wrong with this movie.
A note on different versions of this film: The Quentin Tarantino/Rolling Thunder version is terrible. As usual, Tarantino places himself both at the beginning and end of the film, rambling incoherently and redundantly about the merits of the work.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Everybody's Gotta Be In A Gang!" January 2, 2005
I saw this gem way back before Quentin Tarrantino rereleased it on Rolling Thunder Pictures, and I dug the hell out of it. Not trying to prove how old school I am with that, but it's odd how this film was universally reviled before, and now is considered a cult classic. It's still the same movie it was before Tarrantino put this DVD out. I just wanna make it known that this is one person who always liked it.

First of all, this is not meant to be a realistic portrayal of what life is like for girls in gangs, nor a cautionary tale of the future. It's meant to be trashy fun. Jack Hill actually did research about gang life before he made this movie, but then threw it all out, because he didn't think stark realism would work well with chicks in hot pants. It's set in the near future, or possibly an alternate present, but it is in no way meant to be taken seriously.

Believe it or not, Switchblade Sisters is a neo-futuristic retelling of Shakespeare's "Othello." And it is so much cooler than the Josh Hartnett vehicle, "O." The movie opens with a girl gang called The Dagger Debs, the counterparts to the male gang, The Silver Daggers. The Debs' leader, Lace, (the "Othello" character, for those of you paying attention) is brilliantly played with much gusto by Robbie Lee. Her boyfriend is the leader of the Silver Daggers, Dominic.

The Daggers and their Debs are chillin' in a fast food joint when they notice a blond babe who won't leave "their" table. They hassle her, but to their surprise, she impressively defends herself. Her name is Maggie, and after they do a little jail time together, she and Lace forge a fast friendship.

Lace isn't the only one Maggie has impressed, however. Lace's boyfriend Dom is after her.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a perfect flick for the b-movie fan. September 30, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
Robbie lee gives a perfect depiction of a troubled teen on the edge, showing a feminine side to her ghetto land up bringing. Not to mention her co-star (maggie) in that hot little mini skirt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun comic book action January 9, 2009
I loved this Jack Hill film from 1975.It was fun to watch from start to finish.2 gangs go up against each other in an all out duel in a roller ring shoot out,then wild in the streets with the help of a black panther female run like gang.The one gang called The Silver Daggers reminded me of a greaser stlye gang with the leather jackets and switch blade knives,also complete with a girl that has an eye patch(she lost an eye in a fight of course).Really just over the top and unrealistic but so much fun with action and dialouge that seemed to come off of the pages of a comic book.The Dagger Debs(the gangs girlfriends) kick the guys out of their own gang the Silver Daggers(they think maybe these guys are too soft) after their leader gets knocked off in a roller rink shootout.Then the girls change their gangs name to the Jezebells and go out to seek revenge for their dead leader and go up agaisnt their rival .There happens to be a rift among the Jezebell girls as there might be a traitor or traitors within their she gang.I highly recommend the "Switch Blade Sisters".I've watched this more then once and will see it again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good for a 'B' movie April 29, 2014
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Even though I didn't recognize any of the actors and actresses in this movie I enjoyed it. Released in 1975 and it has a pretty good plot and story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Switchblade sisters December 13, 2012
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I enjoy it and I wish amazon had new copy of this movie, cause I want to buy it's. Switch blade sisters is a great movie
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love love love this movie!
Published 7 days ago by jizanthapus
5.0 out of 5 stars very pleased with purchase
Fast service..very pleased with purchase..would order from them again...A+++
Published 2 months ago by Bart Fargo
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Remember having this on VHS in the 80's. Fun movie with a surprising amount of heart. Well worth it, despite the annoying Tarantino opening that was inserted on the DVD.
Published 4 months ago by Wizard
3.0 out of 5 stars switchblade sisters
movie is just OK old drive in movie im sure it wasn't in regular theaters back in the70s atleast I hope not
Published 18 months ago by esox 54
5.0 out of 5 stars lace switchblade !
Great women power movie!....sexploitation! Donna's dad from that 70's show comes out! super hilarious as well. action packed! from beggining to end.
Published on April 12, 2012 by lace switchblade
2.0 out of 5 stars there clothes!!
Okay when i saw this on t.v i liked it a lot i love gang movies...then as year's go by i couldn't rmb the name of this moive and i saw kill bill and it remind me about this movie... Read more
Published on February 26, 2012 by kendra lee
1.0 out of 5 stars Switchblade Sisters
Yeah,we are the daggerbutches uh daggerdebs, whatever, Movie started off wrong, somebody is coming to do their job and repossessing a debt(in this case a Tv) and of course it's... Read more
Published on October 18, 2011 by Jose Lopez
3.0 out of 5 stars Grind it Out
This is a nifty entry into the Grindhouse genre (?) of cinema. It IS everything a drive-in movie should be for the disgruntled youth of the 70s.

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Published on September 27, 2011 by Eric Sanberg
4.0 out of 5 stars We're nobody's Debs anymore!
I've had this old VHS, part of Quentin Tarantino's "Rolling Thunder" series of rediscovered & rereleased exploitation films, for probably most of 15 years, and finally got around... Read more
Published on September 4, 2010 by Muzzlehatch
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive DVD for Jack Hill fans!
If your a fan of Jack Hill's or are curious to know more about him, this is the DVD to get. I've seen a lot of his movies on DVD and none comes close to being as great as this... Read more
Published on January 11, 2010 by Grapey Grimes
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