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on 16 July 2014
As a female watching Switchblade Sisters I wasn't sure what to expect. As with so many exploitation movies they feature strong kick ass female characters only to be let down by the excessive use of rape as a method of love and control; however Switchblade Sisters surprised me, it does feature a few scenes that will gnaw away at a female viewer such as a character falling for the man who rapes her, however the sex content of the film is minimal compared to the violence played at by its focal female leads. The fights themselves are well handled, especially the finale switchblade fight which doesn't hold back from its ferociousness. Stand out characters are 'Patch' a tough second-in command who certainly influenced Kill Bill's Elle Driver. The other well played character is the communist 'Muff' a modern day Amazonian who is quick-witted and a scene stealer. The character who lets down the movie for me is most definitely Robbie Lee's portrayal of 'Lace' who at times offers painful to watch screeching that hits all the wrong nerves. All in all the film offers the perfect balance for both female and male viewers.
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on 29 May 2007
This film is without a doubt an absolute gem. I mean it's amazing. One of the best girl gang movies I've ever seen. And the special features on it are equally good. When you get a Rolling Thunder Pistures release like this you expect there to be lots of special features about the movie and it's characters and here, Tarantino delivers in spades. When you watch him in the special features you really do get the sense that he genuinely loves this film and gives it the care and attention it rightfully deserves, whether you agree with him or not. I just can't believe that he didn't do the same with all his other Rolling Thunder Pictures releases! Why? Anyway, this film is a blast. When you watch it, I urge patience. It gets better and better, the story, the character plots, the action, everything. At first you typically laugh at the movie, because it's just one of those movies. The type of movie that makes you say "It's so funny that I like it". But at some point in the film you're no longer dancing to that tune. All of a sudden you start to care for the characters involved and you root for them and start to laugh with them, as oppose to laughing at them. It's a fun type movie, the kind you can watch with a bunch of friends at midnight with a bunch of beer, or by yourself and just have a blast. Upon watching this film, among other Jack Hill movies, you do get a sense that he is almost poking fun at mainstream cinema at the way it was back in those days. All his films are essentially B movies/exploitation films but at the high end of exploitation cinema. I mean we're talking about the guy who discovered Pam Grier for crying out loud. To me this film is Jack Hill's masterpiece work. It has the feel of being a cross genre movie and by that I mean when you watch it, you can find Blaxploitation cinema in there, Women In Prison films in there, Girl Gang movies, Drama and humour. This to me is like watching Quentin Tarantino's KILL Bill, in that that film is a cross genre movie - you can find different types of genres within it. And that is what makes Switchbalde Sisters so cool. It was done way before Tarantino came on the scene and not many people, since Jack Hill made this film, followed in his footsteps. And that to me just makes him and his whole body of work all the more unique and outstanding. This film didn't get the kind of praise that other films like Coffy and Pit Stop and The Big Bird Cage did but thank God that it was released the way it was through Rolling Thunder otherwise it probably would've been lost in the annals of film history and nobody would've known a thing about it. It's a gem, It's a blast, go see it. I urge you. Thanks for reading. Adios amigos
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on 13 March 2014
This film is AMAZING I love Jack Hills movies this has a great commentary on it and has some other cool extras you just have to give this movie a chance as Tarantino says on the disc this film grows on you.
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on 28 September 2009
i remember seeing this on film 4 a few years back,forgot all about it then saw the hilarious trailer on the dvd grindhouse trailer managed to pick up a region 1 copy thanks to amazon and its a cracking film,very funny - perhaps unintentionally ? and very much of it's time.imagine watching an even camper episode of prisoner cell block h and you'll get the idea,great fun.
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on 20 December 2014
Highly overrated. It has a bad script and like all other films by Jack Hill it's very low/soft on nudity and violence and also quite boring!! It's really a silly and ridiculous film, not very entertaining. Good transfer and extras.
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on 13 January 2009
A jack hill film about a girl gang causing mayhem!! great to watch and a true grindhouse classic and a great addition to any collection
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on 3 September 2015
Rubbish ratio, not proper widescreen
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