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The Female Bunch (1971)

After a string of bad times with men, Sandy tries to kill herself. Co-waitress Libby saves her and takes her to meet some female friends of hers who live on a ranch in the desert. Grace, ... See full summary »

Directors:

Al Adamson, John 'Bud' Cardos (uncredited)

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Raphael Nussbaum (story), Jale Lockwood (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Monti
Russ Tamblyn ... Bill
Jennifer Bishop ... Grace (as Jenifer Bishop)
Aleshia Brevard Aleshia Brevard ... Sadie (as A'lesha Lee)
Geoffrey Land ... Jim (as Jeoffrey Land)
Leslie McRay ... Dennise (as Leslie McCrea)
Nesa Renet Nesa Renet ... Sandy
Don Epperson Don Epperson ... Scott
Sharyn Wynters ... (as Sheryn Wynters)
Regina Carrol ... Libby (as Gina Carol)
Albert Cole ... (as Al Cole)
Mike Wendler Mike Wendler
Megan Timothy Megan Timothy
Susan Arnold Susan Arnold ... (as Sue Arnold)
Lee James Lee James
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After a string of bad times with men, Sandy tries to kill herself. Co-waitress Libby saves her and takes her to meet some female friends of hers who live on a ranch in the desert. Grace, the leader of the gang, puts Sandy through her initiation and they get on with the real job of running drugs across the Mexican border, hassling poor farmers, taking any man they please, and generally raising a little hell. Soon Sandy becomes unsure if this is the life for her, but it may be too late to get out. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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They're Wild! They're Wicked! They're Ruthless! See more »

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Action | Crime | Drama | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Time to Run See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The final film of Lon Chaney Jr. His scenes were filmed in Aug 1969, four months after completing "Dracula vs. Frankenstein." See more »

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Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) See more »

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Let Me Be Free
Composed and Sung by Don Epperson
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Fantastic Adamson pro-female action flick
27 May 2000 | by Casey-52See all my reviews

After viewing Al Adamson's "Angels' Wild Women", I was wondering if it was such a good thing that I rented this as well. Since "Angels" didn't actually feature much footage with the women, I was nervous that "The Female Bunch" would be another wasted opportunity. Well, it wasn't.

Jennifer Bishop is Grace, the butch leader of a group of feminists who make up a secret society in an isolated desert ranch (in reality the notorious Spahn Ranch, home of the Manson Family). A new member, Sandy (Nesa Renet), is buried alive in a coffin to ensure she has guts (great claustrophobic scene)! Regina Carrol does a sultry go-go dance before once again getting an underwritten part (Al! She was your wife! Couldn't you have given her better roles?!).

The male cast members, Russ Tamblyn, Lon Chaney, Jr., and Geoffrey Land, are not in the movie that much, which makes "The Female Bunch" all the more true to the title. Tamblyn doesn't do much but be a victim of the sadistic ladies when he has sex with Denise (Leslie MacRae) and attempts to rape Grace! It's very hard to watch Chaney in his last role; his voice has been irreparably damaged from years of smoking and drinking and is barely audible. I much preferred his silent role in "Dracula vs. Frankenstein". Land only becomes a character in the last 15 minutes, so this really is the female bunch's movie. Thank God Adamson lived up to the title! Things to watch for: the opening scenes of ladies on horseback and a plane chasing a young couple through the desert is stunningly choreographed by Adamson standards; the heavily claustrophobic scene of Sandy being buried alive; Grace brands Tamblyn with a branding iron; and basically any scene where the women appear. A very, very good movie. It isn't "Satan's Sadists", but at times comes very close to topping it! Highly recommended!


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