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The Cockettes (2002)

Documentary about the gender-bending San Francisco performance group who became a pop culture phenomenon in the early 1970s.

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Credited cast:
Larry Brinkin Larry Brinkin ... Himself
Peggy Cass ... Herself (archive footage)
Pristine Condition Pristine Condition ... Himself (archive footage)
Jackie Curtis ... Herself (archive footage)
Candy Darling ... Herself (archive footage)
Dusty Dawn Dusty Dawn ... Herself
Divine ... Himself (archive footage)
Anton Dunnigan Anton Dunnigan ... Himself
Ahmet Ertegun ... Himself (archive footage)
John Flowers John Flowers ... Himself
Allen Ginsberg ... Himself (archive footage)
Goldie Glitters Goldie Glitters ... Himself
Grateful Dead ... Themselves (archive footage) (as The Grateful Dead)
Ann Harris Ann Harris ... Herself
Fayette Hauser ... Herself


On New Year's Eve, 1969, a flamboyant ragtag troupe of genderbending hippies took the stage of San Francisco's Palace Theater and The Cockettes were born. For the next 2 1/2 years, these outrageous drag performers created 20 shows with titles like "A Crab on Uranus Means You're Loved" and "Tinsel Tarts in a Hot Coma," and were featured in four underground films. But when the Cockettes flew to New York City to appear Off Broadway - well, you'll just have to see what happened when New Yorkers took a look at them. Documentarians Weissman and Weber have crafted a record of a wondrous time and a wild group in The Cockettes. Written by Anonymous

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1969 ... San Francisco ... Sexual Anarchy



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for nudity, sexual content, drug references and some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 January 2002 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »


Box Office


$300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,118, 12 May 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$220,077, 9 February 2003
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Production Co:

Grandelusion See more »
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Did You Know?


On the Weekend of 22 December 2002, the movie grossed $75.00 (by contrast, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) took in $62,007,000). See more »


Himself: They were hippie acid-freak drag queens.
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References She Freak (1967) See more »


Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man
Written by Oscar Hammerstein II and Jerome Kern
From Showboat Original Cast Album
Published by Universal-Polygram Int. Publishing, Inc. (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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New York Times Aug. 17
19 August 2003 | by dfoley-6See all my reviews

The Times fashion insert on Aug. 17 contained a story on Hibiscus, from his first blush of fame as the young guy sticking the flower in the rifle of the National Guardsman in the famous pic taken at the anti-war rally in Washington up to his death 20 years ago. Interviews with his sister and brother as well. Fascinating read.

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