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Women in Revolt (1971)

Candy Darling , Jackie Curtis , Paul Morrissey  |  X |  DVD
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  • Actors: Candy Darling, Jackie Curtis, Holly Woodlawn, Jonathan Kramer, Michael Sklar
  • Directors: Paul Morrissey
  • Writers: Paul Morrissey
  • Producers: Andy Warhol, Jed Johnson, Paul Morrissey
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: X (Mature Audiences Only)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 13, 2005
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BC8T32
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #280,749 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Women in Revolt" on IMDb

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Take a walk on the wild side with three girls from different walks of life -- and they've all got man problems! High-society dame Candy, frigid middle-class matron Jackie, and gutter nymphomaniac Holly are inspired by the fashionable Women's Lib movement to get organized as PIG (Politically Involved Girls) and give up men. However, their attempts to go lesbian and build new careers only lead to exploitation and abandonment in this outrageous, gender-bending cult comedy from director Paul Morrissey.

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
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Paul Morrissey is known for directing for Andy Warhol a trilogy of films starring male sex icon Joe Dallesandro ("Flesh", "Trash", "Heat"). Morrissey took a break in-between "Trash" and "Heat" and directed "Women in Revolt", a showcase for the three drag queen Superstars of Warhol's Factory: Candy Darling, Jackie Curtis, and Holly Woodlawn. Darling is a willowy blonde with a breathless voice; Curtis is a sassy brunette straight from the Bronx; and Woodlawn is an outrageous raven-haired vixen almost nominated for an Oscar the year before for "Trash". Of the three, Woodlawn unfortunately gets the least screen time, a shame given the heavy amount of talent she displayed in "Trash". But Darling and Curtis get a chance to steal the show after pairing up together in "Flesh" three years earlier. The storyline stems from the feminist movement of the 1970's: Candy, Jackie, and Holly are PIGs (Politically Involved Girls) who demand equality from their men and turn to lesbianism when they don't receive it. We witness their trials, tribulations, and eventual downfall by the time the movie has finished. Some viewers will see the end results of the feminist movement as pessimistic (women can't get along without men) or optimistic (women will continue to struggle on). Morrissey's trade-mark in-and-out focus camera stylings work well with the unbelievable plotline and performances by the leads. Warhol veterans such as Jane Forth, Geri Miller, Maurice Braddell, Betty Blue, and Penny Arcade unfortunately do not match their previous Morrissey appearances and add little or nothing to the proceedings. But Jackie, Candy, and Holly are the stars of the show and are great. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars We're young, we're beautiful, and we're miserable! March 19, 2003
By Buffalo
Paul Morrisey's Women in Revolt, while a satire of Women's Liberation in the early 1970s, is really an homage to classic movie cinema of the 1930s, 40s, and 60s. In it, Morrisey alludes to the popular "woman's picture" or, "weepies" of those eras by presenting us with the story of three career girls -- a set up that is most reminiscent of How to Marry a Millionare.
Candy, the beautiful and more aloof one of the trio, has her head in the clouds and aspires to become an actress. It is Candy who makes allusions to old time movies and stars by quoting such campy lines such as "I want to live" from Susan Hayward's movie, and the above. Her scene when she auditions for the movie agent is so reminscent of Lana Turner's audition with the agent in Imitation of Life (the set is so similar, right down to the swinging door!)
In real life, Candy Darling was obsessed with old movies and old movie stars. Her mother was a big fan of them and Candy used to entertain her by impersonating Joan Crawford or Garbo and dressing in drag. Candy is also the more convincing woman when compares to Jackie Curtis.
Curtis, a school teacher and a repressed lesbian, is also fighting for women's rights. But she, too, is a character grouneded in cinema. A "working woman" or "career girl," she is single, beautiful, and a survivor. But Jackie's character is annoying: she gets upset at her houseboy for no apparent reasons and is very cruel to him, at one time throwing matches at his naked body. Still, Curtis is a fantastic performer to watch. He is so alive and funny, having starred and written many off broadway plays. It is ineresting to note that the only reason Curtis started dressing in drag was because he wanted to become a star and knew that Andy Warhol was intrigues by transvestites.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars twisted fun January 4, 2006
It amazes me how a 30 year old movie can still shock you. Drag Queens making out with "straight" guys? way ahead of its time.

the movie is hilarious and dark at the same time. Candy Darling looks flawless, Holly Woodlawn looks scary and Jackie Curtis is just a mess.DP work is a bit mediocre ( thanks to the mastermind of this project: Warhol himself) and editing could be better. Seeing Holly Woodlawn molesting beautiful Jane Forth is priceless though!

Overall a movie about an era and a scene long gone but very much missed....
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good! January 20, 2002
By A Customer
This was surprisingly good. I had heard about this film for many years, but finally decided to get it now that I own a DVD player.Any film that can keep my interest for more than five minutes (unlike "Star Wars") is a decent film, and this movie got more and more interesting as it went. The print on this DVD is good, Marty Kove is another reason to get this (full frontal nudity), and the final scene in the movie is classic. Get it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Tiresome March 8, 2010
In addition to his own paintings and prints, Warhol's "factory" ground out musical and cinematic dabblings. On rare occasions these were successful, with The Velvet Underground a case in point; on most other occasions, however, the results were uninspired. The 1971 WOMEN IN REVOLT has a interesting idea, but unfortunately both style and substance fall flat face down long before its 97 minute run time comes to an end.

Warhol attracted extreme personalities, and the interesting idea behind WOMEN IN REVOLT was to take three of the most extreme--Jackie Curtis, Candy Darling, and Holly Woodlawn--and feature them in a movie about the emerging women's liberation movement. The upshot, of course, is a movie about the women's movement that doesn't star any women, for Curtis, Darling, and Woodlawn were cutting edge drag queens of their day.

Although it is difficult to say that the film was "directed" in any actual way, the director's credit goes to Paul Morrissey, who would do quite a few similar films for Warhol, movies in which the actors generally improvised lines from a plot they or others had developed. If you think that means that WOMEN IN REVOLT doesn't have a director, script, or story--well, you'd be absolutely right. Jackie Curtis is the "pushy broad" of the three, and she thinks she may be a lesbian; Candy Darling is the rich pretty girl who wants a crack at fame and fortune on the silver screen and who doesn't want to become involved in this whole feminist thing; and Holly Woodlawn is the nympho from hell who keeps saying that she's lesbian but who also keeps a space between her legs for the various men that come her way.
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