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Lady Magdalene's

3.4 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Full info on the official movie website at http://www.ladymagdalenes.com

Start with Star Trek's original "Uhura," Nichelle Nichols, in the title role as a New Orleans madam who after the hurricanes moves to Pahrump, Nevada -- where's brothels are legal -- and who -- behind the camera -- exec produced, wrote and performed original songs on the soundtrack, and did the film's choreography.

Add in a plot-twisty screenplay by award-winning novelist, libertarian journalist, and Twilight Zone screenwriter, J. Neil Schulman, who not only directed the film and wrote original songs for the soundtrack but played the supporting role of an American al Qaeda terrorist.

Mix well with a fresh cast of talented actors including alumni of the Groundlings and the London Drama Centre; a gorgeous Shakespearean actress whose hobbies include collecting swords; a stunning Persian pop superstar; a Calvin Klein male model who did all his own stunts; a Miss Teen All American (a title previously held by Halle Berry), and an actual Nevada "working girl" ...

And you end up with a one-of-a-kind independent film, defying all genre classification, which the producers have referred to as "a Jerry Bruckheimer tentpole made on an Ed Wood budget."

Following its February 2008 world premiere at the San Diego Black Film Festival Lady Magdalene's won the festival's award for "Best Cutting Edge Film."

After its September 2008 screening at Universal City's Cinema City International Film Festival Lady Magdalene's producers walked away with the statuette for Audience Choice.

If you're looking for obligatory nudity and sex scenes, explosions, F-bombs, and the usual low-budget exploitation, this just isn't the movie for you.

But if you're looking for a movie with a topsy-turvy plot you haven't seen a million times before, heroes and villains that defy the usual clichés, dialogue you might actually have to think about before you laugh, and a musical score spanning classical to original rock, jazz, gospel, and pop songs -- then this just might be the movie you've been waiting for.

Trekkies, baby-boomers, 9/11 patriots, gun-lovers, Congress-haters, feminists, music lovers, the ethnically and religiously tolerant, Discordians, the humor-unimpaired, and libertarians are especially welcome.

"A blend of Comedy Sitcoms of the 50's and 60's, with a 'Cold War' aura, given a 'terrorist' slant. Hilarious entertainment."
--Robin Rosenzweig, Beverly Hills Outlook

"An offbeat, sexy comedy set in a Nevada brothel that lampoons the IRS, Homeland Security, and Al-Qaeda."
--Lee Michael Cohn, Santa Monica Mirror

"If writers of the modern thrillers could come up with twists and misdirections even a quarter as clever as Schulman does here, I wouldn't find myself wondering if the thriller is a dead genre. Far more instances where the film is equal to counterparts with budgets ten times the size."
--Steve Miller, Rotten Tomatoes

"Action-humor reminiscent of a Bob Hope movie ... Casting is outstanding... The script had all the twists in the right places...powerful and so subtly written... It is purely character driven ... I was still thinking about it a week later."
--Bestselling Author Jacqueline Lichtenberg

"Humor, wit, political observation and sexiness. Nichelle Nichols provides an excellent center for all of the hijinks that swirl around her. Her performance reminded me a lot of Ruby Dee - charm, wisdom, love, experience - all held together by grit, determination and professionalism. Ethan Keogh: Solid, deadpan, believable, strong, natural. Susan Smythe had a kind of Carrie Fisher/Candy Clark quality. Claudia Lynx? Absolutely smoking hot."
--Charles Robert Carner, Writer/Director, Witless Protection, Louis L'Amour's Crossfire Trail

"I love seeing Nichelle in a more textured role."
--Tay Zonday, Singe

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Product Details

  • Actors: Nichelle Nichols, Ethan Keogh, Susan Smythe, Claudia Lynx, Alexander Wraith
  • Directors: J. Neil Schulman
  • Writers: J. Neil Schulman
  • Producers: Nichelle Nichols, J. Neil Schulman, Pierre Lorillard
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Lady Magdalene's
  • DVD Release Date: May 6, 2011
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004ZMSDIK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #463,065 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The first thing to say is "wow" on the delivery. Ordered from the US, paid the standard fee and got an email telling me to expect it in 40+ working days. THREE working days later it arrived - impressive service and much appreciated I had heard very mixed things on this film on IMDb but the reviews and star rating here suggested it was better and I thought to myself that it cannot be that bad. Watching the trailer looked odd, like it was a very weird mix of genres, with humour, action and songs but the main thing was it looked cheap. Having seen many low budget short films or student films from people taking their first steps into the medium of film, I decided that I would overlook the first impression and give it a fair viewing - the ability to afford all the trimmings doesn't stop you writing good scripts etc.

Reading the plot didn't inspire me with hope but at the same time it offers potential. IRS Agent Jack Goldwater is demoted down to running a state-claimed brothel in Nevada when he racially profiles a Middle-Eastern man on a plane. However, when the same man shows up in the brothel he smells a rat and uncovers a plot that threatens America. With the help of the working girls and their colourful madam, he has to try to overcome political incompetence to save the day. As odd as it sounds, the basic idea offers the potential for what was advertised - a comedy built on action, zany light comedy and comic dialogue. Even the characters and their interactions offer this. So why then does the film so powerfully fail to deliver any of it?

The problems start with the script. There are simply too many lines and scenes that offer nothing but words - they don't add colour, they don't add to the speaker's characters, they aren't funny and they have no dramatic worth.
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Neil Schulman, the man responsible for this fiasco, is desperate to recover some of the money he flushed away on this project. He is doing this by trying to fool unsuspecting movie fans into thinking that this movie has any merit. When someone posts an honest review of his movie, Neil cries to the Amazon.com administrators, and cajoles or threatens them until they remove the honest review.

This movie features actors who can't act, singers who can't sing, a script written by a scriptwriter who can't write, directed by a director who can't direct, and filmed by a crew who wasn't sure where to point the camera.

Don't waste even a penny to watch this terrible piece of junk!
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I like to support indie movies. Really, I do. Independent movies remain one of the only sources of boldness in today's filmmaking climate. Plus, as a movie watcher and an aspiring filmmaker, I try to approach every movie with an open mind.

Alas, Lady Madgalene's is extremely poor. I imagine the film was either made for a couple thousand dollars, or the producer raised sufficient funds to make a solid movie but channeled most of it into his own salary.

I was just not entertained at all. It looks and feels like the media project of an eighth grader. Except consumer camcorders would likely produce a far more attractive-looking motion picture...
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I watched Lady Magdalene's, while recovering from the flu. Amazon's streaming player worked flawlessly on my Mac over my 150 kbyte/sec DSL line. It was entertaining, non-political, humorous, had good music, and was definitely low-budget.

I didn't know that Nichelle Nichols could sing. She was good. And the violin playing was excellent.

I was surprised at the mainstream 9/11 theme, but it was used in a non-political, and humorous, manner.

The Star Trek references were amusing.

All-in-all a pleasant use of two hours and three dollars (Amazon's 7-day rental price).
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kind of hell is this?

This movie was terrible, pointless, and straight up boring...

Don't waste your time on this one folks...
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Lady Magdalene's is without a doubt the best romp I've enjoyed for many, many years!

Let me begin by saying that I am not a comedy fan. Well, more accurately, let me state that I am not a fan of modern, juvenile, foul-mouthed, sophomoric and entirely too physical humor, which seems to be everywhere these days. Hollywood works very hard at poor taste, and unfortunately is all too successful in achieving it a great deal of the time. So, in general, I tend to avoid comedy like the plague. I am so very glad I made an exception this time!

Lady Magdalene's is on a different level altogether. Although written about a brothel, I would consider this a family friendly film, and I would not hesitate to allow a youngster to watch it. The only "four letter" word in the whole film is "bastard," and given the story circumstances, I would have used far worse in real life! Violence is tastefully handled and entirely appropriate to the story - the Brits have always been experts at this, but it is sadly rare in an American film. The physical humor is mild and tasteful, including matters directly related to the brothel. The wit just pours off the screen. This entire movie just reeks of talent, both in the writing and the execution.

Ms. Nichols is every bit as lovely and charming as ever, yet the perfect "madam." Her singing still takes my breath away as much as it did when she played a Vulcan lyrette and sang in the original Star Trek series. Ethan Keogh is hilarious as the Boy Scout fed, and Susan Smythe is perfect for her role - the switch she makes in the movie (and I don't want to spoil it for anyone) takes a rare acting talent. Schulman himself (the writer/director/producer) is simply hilarious as Ali, the American.
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