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Sat, Jun 10 at Midnight


  • Dir. Jack Hill
  • USA
  • 1975
  • 91 min.
  • R
  • DCP
  • Assistive Listening
  • Hearing Loop

Part of Midnight Movies

Sat, Jun 10 at Midnight: Introduction from artist and Belcourt staffer Cody Lee Hardin | BUY TICKETS

The iconic girl gang hit from Jack Hill, legendary director of SPIDER BABY, COFFY, and FOXY BROWN! Lace (Robbie Lee), the leader of girl gang the Dagger Debs, meets her match when new girl Maggie (Joanne Nail) moves into the neighborhood. Conflict turns to friendship as the girls end up in juvie together. Meanwhile, the Silver Daggers, the male counterparts to the Debs, have to contend with the arrival of a new gang, led by the villainous Crabs (Chase Newhart). But when the girls get back on the streets, a planned retaliation strike in tandem with the Silver Daggers backfires and puts Lace in hospital. Maggie assumes control, teaming up with Muff (Marlene Clark) and her gang of Black militants to declare all out war. Filled with sharp, clever dialogue and tongue-in-cheek humor, this Shakespeare-influenced girl gang mash-up is a stone cold 1970s classic.

“BLACKBOARD JUNGLE meets FOXY BROWN on the streets of a graffiti-spattered Anycity, U.S.A.” — Stephen Holden, New York Times

“Exploitation-style thrills give way to something more profoundly revolutionary…. Though initially a bomb at the box office, SWITCHBLADE SISTERS has endured, not just because of Quentin Tarantino’s well-documented affinity for it (he re-released it in 1996 under his short-lived Rolling Thunder Pictures label), but also for its timely — and timeless — dramatic and political resonance.” —Rocco T. Thompson, Slant Magazine

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