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Outrageous! (1977)

R | | Comedy | 31 July 1977 (USA)
A story about a female impersonator who rooms with a pregnant schizophrenic.

Director:

Richard Benner

Writers:

Richard Benner, Margaret Gibson Gilboord (based on a story from "Butterfly Ward") (as Margaret Gibson)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Craig Russell Craig Russell ... Robin Turner
Hollis McLaren ... Liza Connors
Richert Easley ... Perry
Allan Moyle ... Martin
David McIlwraith David McIlwraith ... Bob
Gerry Salsberg Gerry Salsberg ... Jason
Andrée Pelletier ... Anne
Helen Shaver ... Jo
Martha Gibson Martha Gibson ... Nurse Carr
Helen Hughes ... Mrs. Connors
Jonah Royston Jonah Royston ... Dr. Beddoes
Richard Moffatt Richard Moffatt ... Stewart
David Woito David Woito ... Hustler
Rusty Ryan Rusty Ryan ... Jimmy
Trevor Bryan Trevor Bryan ... Miss Montego Bay
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Storyline

Robin Turner is a gay hairdresser. He hates his job. He loves old movies and will do his customers' hair in the style of an iconic movie star if they'll let him, and even if they don't. At his apartment, he is harboring his medically diagnosed schizophrenic friend, Liza Connors, who can no longer stand being institutionalized. After Liza convinces Robin to attend a drag ball dressed as Tallulah Bankhead, Robin begins to feel liberated. On Liza's further urging, Robin accepts a local club's offer to work as a female impersonator, he doing his own singing unlike most drag queens. As he progresses with his female impersonation work to great aplomb, he takes a shot at making it big in New York City. The money will have to come in since despite medical warnings to her not to do it, Liza has become pregnant (not Robin's baby), she deciding to have and keep the baby. Written by Huggo

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Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 July 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ausgeflippt See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Budget:

CAD 165,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Quotes

Liza Connors: We sleep in different worlds.
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References Valley of the Dolls (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

It Ain't Easy
(1977)
Music by Paul Hoffert (uncredited)
Lyrics by Brenda Hoffert (uncredited)
Performed by Brenda Hoffert
Later sung by Craig Russell (uncredited) imitating Peggy Lee
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quite a document
24 May 2007 | by jonathan-577See all my reviews

At first I reacted against the sentimentality of the madness-as-nonconformism theme, which is really mostly down to Hollis McLaren; as Craig Russell's heavily medicated roommate, she gets more than a little familiar when she expresses her downturns with hushed gibberish or staring through her fingers. But in between episodes she really gets to articulate the bill of outsiders' rights, and Russell is right there with her. No comparable clichés in this film's depiction of the Toronto gay scene, a diverse yet claustrophobic enclave that places transvestites on the bottom of a depressingly rigid hierarchy - an economic threat to closeted hairdressers, stealth patriarchs to the second-wave dykes. At a time when cinematic queerness was synonymous with effete self-loathing, this sympathetic and detailed depiction of a complex, vital skid-row subculture was decades ahead of its time, and has real time-capsule value today. All of which to say is that they're far from just marking time between Russell's impersonations, which are definitive even if he did steal them from Mae West herself. Put the two together and you've got a film that synthesizes social engagement and entertainment value with almost unprecedented verve.


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